Monthly Archives: April 2017

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May, Mental Health Month (MHM), by reaching out to millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings.

MHA will tie this year’s Mental Health Month theme to the content of its 2017 Annual Conference: Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll. The MHM campaign is titled Risky Business and will educate the public on habits and behaviors that are signs of mental health problems or at the least increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses. These include such diverse risk factors such as risky sex practices, prescription drug misuse and abuse, internet/gaming addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use, and troublesome exercise patterns.

The intent behind this theme is to raise awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present, especially to young people, to help individuals detect these early warning signs, and to provide resources for prevention and early intervention.

In this light Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) also recognizes the importance of diagnosing and addressing mental health issues when treating individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Often intertwined, mental health disorder, and addiction when not treated in conjunction each can greatly reduce the chances of a successful recovery for the other. With a thorough understanding of the relationship between Mental Illness and Substance Abuse, the medical and clinical team at Florida Center for Recovery delivers targeted individualized therapeutic programs to address each individual’s particular needs. Since its inception in 2002, FCR has worked to provide the most effective treatment, in a nurturing environment, to help those suffering from addiction and mental health disorders recover with respect and dignity.

If you would like more information about our all-inclusive detox and inpatient addiction treatment program or have a question regarding insurance, private pay, financing, and admissions process, CALL US AT 800-851-3291

Addiction Vocabulary – Retire Stigmatizing Language!

The article “Changing the Language of Addiction” (written by former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael P. Botticelli and Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH) was sent to the White House on January 9, 2017. This article contains recommendations to change federal terminology regarding substance use and substance use disorders.  Changes in the federal terminology would correspond with the language currently used by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which in 2013 replaced earlier categories of substance “abuse” and “dependence” with a single classification of “substance use disorder.” This comes in an effort to stop the stigma associated with the disease of addiction as research outcomes shows that different labels lead to different outcomes where even healthcare providers are more likely to recommend medical treatment over punitive measures when the word “abuser” is replaced by “disorder.”

Read more about Why the Language we Use is Important  (This handout is courtesy of the Nashua’s Department of Public Health and Community Services)

What is Excessive Alcohol Use?

Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Use Explained – Download Full Infographic

Information provided above is courtesy of: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Sponsor: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc

For over 30 years, each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

With this year’s theme, “Connecting the Dots:  Opportunities for Recovery.  A comprehensive approach to addressing underage drinking,” the month of April will be filled with local, state, and national events aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among our youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives.

In addition to this year’s primary theme, the following will be sub-themes during the 2017 Alcohol Awareness Month. They include:

  • Information
  • Understanding
  • Communication
  • Treatment
  • Support

Local NCADD Affiliates as well as schools, colleges, churches, and countless other community organizations will sponsor a host of activities that create awareness and encourage individuals and families to get help for alcohol-related problems.