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COVID19

COVID-19 Death Toll May Be Worse Due to Suicide and Overdose

COVID-19 Death Toll May Be Worse Due to Overdose and Suicide Further Tragedy can be prevented with Community-Based Solutions Local communities must find new ways to meet the needs of those suffering today. We can change the outcome by creatively deploying effective, local community-based solutions. With coronavirus deaths now over

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Mental Health

A Circle of Coordinated Care is a Growing Standard in Recovery

A Circle of Coordinated Care is a Growing Standard in Recovery Addiction Requires a Collective Solution Addiction not only destroys the individual, it devastates families, disrupts the workplace, damages communities, and continues to erode society. Substance use disorder affects us all. The problem of addiction requires a collective solution. A

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COVID19

GET HELP® App Updated with COVID-19 Community Resources

GET HELP® News GET HELP is a human and data-driven central solution that helps the helpers do their jobs more effectively and efficiently, improving access to services to those in need, and raising the standard for accountability. GET HELP is a tech tool for humans. Unlike many technology solutions, the

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COVID19

Special Grocery Store Hours for Seniors During COVID-19 Crisis

Special Grocery Store Hours for Seniors During COVID-19 Crisis GET HELP® Resources & Support Albertsons Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM vulnerable shoppers, including senior citizens, pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems “who have been advised to avoid leaving home as much as possible.” Baron’s Market Daily

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Professionals

What Do We Know About Resilience in the Wake of Disaster?

What Do We Know About Resilience in the Wake of Disaster? We have evidence of what works, lessons learned, to guide us. Dr. Lloyd Sederer Lloyd Sederer, MD Advisory Board Chair During this time of “social distancing” and “sheltering at home,” this means over-communicating. Use whatever device works best for

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Professionals

The Business of Recovery

People with addiction and their families often are (over)promised the moon, so to speak, and as we read in the accompanying story. But – they are required to pay rates from hundreds (to tens of thousands of dollars), every month for treatment. Some families mortgage their homes or spent their savings or money meant for the education of all their children.

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Homelessness

Homelessness is a Solvable Problem

Rates of homelessness, especially chronic homelessness (defined federally as lasting more than one year), increase every year. Especially among people who have serious mental and substance use disorders. But it is a solvable problem, writes Lloyd I Sederer, MD, Chair of Get Help Board of Advisors.

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Professionals

Is a Detox Program Necessary?

Is A Detoxification Program Necessary? Using is Dangerous. But so is stopping Using is dangerous, but so is stopping – withdrawal must be undertaken with caution and, often, with medical supervision. Depending on the substance being abused, withdrawal symptoms might include:   Loss of appetite Abdominal cramps Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea

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Professionals

“Getting in the Door”: First steps in Addiction Treatment.

Treatment can be part of recovery Addiction is a powerful and progressive brain disease that affects individual addicts and their families. Addiction is a disease that may be arrested through abstinence. But achieving and maintaining abstinence can be very difficult. Although there are many good options available for outpatient treatment,

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Mental Health

Partial Hospitalization, Day Treatment – What is the Difference?

Partial Hospitalization, Day Treatment – What is the Difference? If you or a loved one is in need of substance abuse treatment, it’s important to know about partial hospitalization (PHP) and day treatment. These programs represent a compromise between outpatient treatment and inpatient rehab. What you can expect from a

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Professionals

Some Ways to Tell if the Facility You’re Dealing with is Ethical

How to Tell if the Facility You’re Dealing with is Ethical Evaluating ethical standards Due diligence means asking questions on multiple channels: Talking to colleagues, facility alumni, checking accreditations and memberships, reading reviews and searching individual provider names for disciplinary histories. RESOURCES The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers The

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Mental Health

Detox from Drugs and Alcohol at an Inpatient or Residential Treatment Center

Detox from Drugs and Alcohol at an Inpatient or Residential Treatment Center what to expect Residential treatment allows a separation from environmental triggers, temptations to use drugs or alcohol, and daily stressors that can prevent and hinder recovery. Many addiction providers will perform a free, confidential assessment over the phone

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Professionals

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for addiction, such as Suboxone, Methadone or Naltrexone, Reduce Cravings, Saves Lives, Prevents Relapse

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for addiction, such as Suboxone, Methadone or Naltrexone, Reduce Cravings, Saves Lives, Prevents Relapse COVID-19 Presents Challenges to MAT and May Increase Opioid Overdoses In the COVID-19 environment there are other considerations as well, as most MAT programs require regular – if not daily – monitoring

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