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The Disadvantages of Stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of our daily lives. What was originally meant to increase survival rates and aid instincts has now transitioned into an inextricably linked factor present in most all life experiences and interactions. Being overly stressed can have extremely negative effects on both physical and mental health. We live in a society that for some reason glorifies stress. We are more likely to praise the broke college student juggling their studies along with jobs and multiple campus organizations or an office tycoon balancing multiple accounts at once opposed to less involved lifestyles that are generally accompanied by less stress or stress...

The Increase of Mental Health Cases in Healthcare Facilities

Every year thousands of people seek help for mental health. Yet, hospitals and emergency rooms are understaffed and underprepared for the plethora of mental health patients waiting to be seen. Opinions on mental health vary widely and often exist on a gray scale. Some believe we are living in an age stricken with a mental health epidemic that only continues to grow while others believe the rise of the mental health diagnoses stems from laziness and fear of facing problems head on. The stigmatism surrounding mental health is dangerous on all sides--often times because it avoids the true core factors that cause mental health instability....

New Jersey Offers First Mobile Methadone Program for Inmates

Opioid addicted inmates at the Atlantic County Jail are the first in the state of New Jersey to obtain their daily dose of methadone from a mobile service provided by the John Brooks Recovery Center. This program is a part of the state’s efforts to bridge the service gap for incarcerated addicts. The program estimates an enrollment of approximately 50 inmates in the mobile service. For Alan Oberman, Director of the John Brooks Recovery Center, this is a huge achievement. Current research indicates that medication assisted treatments like methadone coupled with counseling and assistance programs work well. For this reason Oberman and many other county leaders...

Drug Courts could Solve the Opioid Crisis

Two advisors for opioid recovery, Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the house and Van Jones, President of #cut50, proposed that drug courts could help solve the opioid crisis in America.  A woman by the name of Chelsea Carter grew up in the South and started using prescription drugs in her early teens. By her early 20’s she started stealing to support her opioid addiction. She was eventually arrested and faced with more than 20 years behind bars. Instead she was sentenced to treatment court. “In this special court, Chelsea met regularly with a case manager, counselor and treatment provider. She appeared frequently before a judge...

Cold-Turkey Detox Not a Cure for Addiction

Does detoxification cure addiction? Not according to a new movement within the addiction medicine field. In fact, this movement is challenging the entire notion that when a person cleanses his body of toxic chemicals he is on the road to recovery. “That’s a really pernicious myth, and it has erroneous implications,” (Gordon, 2017, paragraph 9) Dr. Frederic Baurer, president of the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine, says. Baurer, who has been treating addiction for over 30 years adds, “The focus should be on a stabilizing treatment plan, not on detox” (Gordon, 2017, paragraph 30). Elvis Rosado can testify to the need for such a plan. While he...

Methadone: Tapering Off and Taking Life Back

“We sometimes take the general idea that people with addiction issues can't choose or think for themselves” (Meyer, 2017, paragraph 4) says Laura Meyer, pioneer of the methadone tapering program. As a mental health professional, Meyer was used to person-centered treatment where clients get final say in how they want to live. She wanted a way to offer the same choices to addiction clients who wanted to taper off methadone. “I to see more choices in medication-assisted treatment,” She explains (Meyer, 2017, p.5). Meyer said that, at first, all she could offer the many patients who wanted to taper was hope. When she met a...

Man Thanks Paramedics After They Save His Life Twice in 24...

One man overdosed on heroin twice in 24 hours; he has paramedics to thank for still being alive. EMS workers responded and saved Steven Sundquist's life both times his overdoses were reported within a 24 hour period. For EMS, saving a drug addict twice in one day wasn’t unusual; however, what Sundquist did next was. Sundquist enrolled himself in a treatment program, got clean, and sent a thank you note to his rescuers. “I died. I never experienced an overdose in my life let alone two in the same day and it just freaked me the hell out” (Seltzer, 2017, paragraph 10), Sundquist said. “I knew...

Escaping Abuse

Mary is a survivor. After enduring years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of her husband, she found the strength to escape to a new life with her two young children. “I didn’t even pack underwear” (Janney, 2017, paragraph 4), she explained. She grabbed the children’s diaper bags, formula and carriers and took off in her car. She had tried to escape once before, but her husband had caught her. As she tore down the road, making her way from Georgia to Kansas, she was terrified that he would find her once more. A child of poverty and violence, Mary never knew there...

Joshua’s Place Offers Hope for Addiction Recovery

Recovering heroin addict, Joshua DeLong, has opened a new outreach program for addicts in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Called Joshua’s Place, the venue at 131 South Main Street, offers support group meetings, resources and the opportunity to be listened to for those struggling with addiction. DeLong, who will be clean 53 days on Saturday, June 24, wanted a way to reach out to his community and offer hope for recovery to anyone struggling with addiction. DeLong's alcohol addiction began before middle school. Turning to drugs, he overdosed for the first time at the age of 12. Following these incidences, DeLong dropped out of school, only to...