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Counselor, Therapist, Psychologist… What’s the Difference? 

Posted on May 30, 2020 in Recovery

  If you’re struggling with your emotional wellbeing, getting the right help from the right person can help you dramatically improve your mind frame.   Mental health is a complex area, though. There are many types of mental illness and people often have more than one mental health disorder (comorbidity).   According to the National

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Treating OCD

Posted on May 29, 2020 in Podcast

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Chad Brandt, a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in severe to extreme cases of OCD. Dr. Brandt will be answering our questions about OCD and explaining how he creates treatment plans that help his patients return to their lives. Following Dr. Brand we are joined by Nick

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States with Mandatory Addiction Treatment Laws

Posted on May 26, 2020 in Addiction

  People with substance use disorder cannot typically receive addiction treatment unless they can demonstrate a voluntary commitment to staying clean.   Medication-assisted treatment is costly, and those with a severe addiction usually need residential rehab to keep them away from the environment that perpetuates their triggers to relapse.   Unfortunately, the majority of people

How Casey’s Law Got Its Name 

Posted on May 22, 2020 in Casey's Law

  Casey’s Law is a piece of legislation officially termed the Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention.   This act allows the family of those suffering from substance use disorder to request court-ordered rehab to kick start their loved one’s recovery.   How Casey’s Law Came About Losing a child to heroin addiction

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The Market For Mental Healthcare

Posted on May 21, 2020 in Podcast

In this episode we have guest Deborah Gordon, author of The Health Care Consumer’s Manifesto, joining us to talk about her research into the mental healthcare marketplace. She’ll be discussing the mental healthcare market and how consumers “shop” for treatment, as well as if there’s a place for negotiating prices when it comes to therapy

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Why The DARE Program Failed

Posted on May 18, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  In 1983, the federal government introduced a nationwide education program called DARE which aimed to reduce drug-taking, gangs, and violence among young people.   What Was DARE? DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. LA police chief Daryl Gates and LA Unified District School set up the program as a strategy within the infamous

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Emotional Resilience

Posted on May 15, 2020 in Podcast

 In this episode we have guest Dr. Carla Manly joining us to speak to the power and importance of emotional resilience, and its value during challenging times, much like we’re all experiencing right now. Following Dr. Manly we have Ashley McCarty, a Business Liaison for Kentucky’s Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment. She’ll be telling

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What Is a Dual Diagnosis?

Posted on May 14, 2020 in Drug and Alcohol

  When substance abuse disorder is accompanied by a mental health illness, it’s known as a dual diagnosis.   Understanding addiction is almost as complex a matter as a mental health disorder in itself so some brief background first…   63% of people with a substance use disorder have experienced at least one ACE (adverse

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What are ACEs and How Can They Predict Addiction?

Posted on May 11, 2020 in Addiction

  The social consequences of childhood trauma include a rise in addiction-related crime, higher addiction rates, and greater prison populations. As a community, we need to learn to heal ourselves and help others to heal from emotionally painful childhood experiences so we can improve the health of society as a whole.   Research from 2016

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Sober Drinks for Summer

Posted on May 8, 2020 in Alcohol-free drinks

  If you or a loved one has given up drinking alcohol, you don’t need to feel that you’re missing out. You can still enjoy sober drinks. Sober drinks look like they have alcohol in them, but they’re really alcohol-free. People recovering from alcohol abuse need to stay away from alcoholic drinks as much as