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COVID-19 and Depression

June 26, 2020

While business begins to return to normal within the next few months, we must continue to be cautious. Though restrictions are slowly lifting from the pandemic, its effects are still coming to be understood. A recent survey conducted by Harvard, Rutgers and a variety of other universities across the nation has found that twenty seven percent of people in the United States are exhibiting signs of moderate to severe depression, three times the amount that showed signs before Coronavirus. As healthcare professionals, this is extremely concerning for us. With a higher rate of depression comes greater risk of self-harm or…

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The Uses and Dangers of Prescription Opioids

June 15, 2020

Pain takes many forms including minor aches, temporary bouts of sharp pain, or chronic pain. For those pains beyond the norm, doctors may prescribe medication that is stronger than typical over-the-counter pain relievers. Opioids are a class of prescription painkillers that help blunt severe pain and can be very helpful for those recovering from physical trauma including surgery. Opioids, such as methadone, have also been used to treat those with an opioid addiction. However, using any opioid medication may also carry risks.

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Podcast #1 – The Very First

June 8, 2020

Jim Magner: Good afternoon, everybody out there. My name is Jim Magner here with my good friend John Reeck. This is Destination Hope’s first ever podcast. So, today we want to talk to the alumni about a couple things. Being that this is the first time we're doing this; John and I were talking, and we decided that we wanted to talk about the importance of alumni. And so, I'm going to let John talk a little bit about that. We'll go from there. John Reeck: First. I want to talk about what recovery can do, because here we got…

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Trying to Make the Most of Unprecedented Uncertainty & Distancing

June 1, 2020

No one can argue that what we are facing, collectively as a society, seems like the entire world has been turned upside down. Indeed, life doesn’t resemble much of what we all enjoyed just a month or two ago. While this shift has been faced all over the world, it can seem oddly personal. Sometimes, for those facing addiction, it can seem like the mounting pressures, mandates, and uncertainties are heightened and increasingly overwhelming when added to the daily challenge of sticking to sobriety.

We are often told to find the silver lining in life’s complications, but this pandemic is something none of us have ever experienced. When you don’t know how something will turn out, it can be tough to stay positive…and on track.

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Destination Hope COVID-19 Update May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

We are getting closer every day to seeing the end of this pandemic, but as we move forward it’s important to be cautious and considerate of how people are feeling. Mental health has never been more important during social distancing, as there is an abundance of evidence that links social isolation and loneliness to a number of disorders like depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. It’s very important that we remain a pillar of hope for those struggling through this difficult time.

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Destructive Coping Mechanisms in Front Line Medical Professionals

May 18, 2020

Never have our front-line medical professionals been subject to such high levels of stress on the job, which can affect their ability to function both at work and in personal relationships. The link between stress in the medical field and addictive behavior is clear. However, addictions can come in many forms, and non-substance abusing habits can often be destructive as well.

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Podcast #2: The Hope Shot

May 12, 2020

 Good morning everybody, I'm Jim Magner And this is John Reeck. Welcome to The Hope Shot Jim: So, John, we were just talking a couple minutes ago, before we got started here, and you came up with a pretty interesting topic - being uncomfortable in early recovery. John: And long-term recovery. Jim: Recovery is uncomfortable a lot of times. When you’re sitting there talking about it for a minute and I start to think. When I think about recovery…it’s doing the things that we don't always want to do…that are going to better our lives. And that's always uncomfortable.…

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Stress Management at The Front Lines of Medicine

May 4, 2020

Stress management is an important issue in our modern world, and some occupations are more acutely associated with stress than others. First responders like our EMTs nurses and doctors, especially with the current COVID-19 crisis, face enormous levels of stress daily. Without optimum stress management, these frontline medical professionals are vulnerable to the effects of stress, which can be extremely damaging to their physical and mental health.

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Outpatient Versus Inpatient Behavioral Health Treatment – Which Is Best?

April 20, 2020

Clients and families alike often wonder about the best course of treatment for themselves or their loved one. This is especially true if they haven’t had experience with addiction treatment before. With many levels of care, from residential, down to outpatient, the options can seem overwhelming. In this article, our goal is to offer some guidance in understanding the different levels of care, but ultimately it is with the assistance of the facility’s admissions department as to the most appropriate care for a loved one.

One item to note is that if the substance abuse is involved, a detox regimen of up to 10 days may be necessary to medically supervise the elimination of drugs and/or alcohol from the client’s system. Withdrawal from certain drugs can actually be dangerous, beyond being very uncomfortable and therefore clients should be supervised by appropriate medical professionals and should not try to detox alone.

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Staying Grounded (And Sober) During Times of Crisis

April 13, 2020

Times of crisis can easily lead to feeling out of control and it can even lead to difficulties in your recovery. Whatever that means for you being anxiety, depression or even craving, taking a few proactive measures can help you stay grounded and add some stability to see you through hard times.

Self Check-ins

Each day, or even more often if needed, pause for a few minutes to take stock of where you are emotionally.

Ask yourself two important and very simple questions:

  1. What am I feeling?
  2. What do I need?

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