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Residential Treatment Centers

October 27, 2021

Two people hold hands working together to overcome substance abuse through residential treatment programs at Destination Hope

Residential Treatment for Addiction & Mental Health

Residential treatment centers for substance abuse and mental health issues offer a chance for patients to fully immerse in their treatment and receive the most in-depth and all-encompassing care available. They provide extensive therapy, drug and alcohol-free living facilities, 24-hour supervision, and recreational activities.

Residential treatment centers provide different benefits versus outpatient programs, and for those who are suffering from serious addiction or mental health disorders, they are often the place to start treatment after detox or hospitalization.

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Traumatic Military Experience | DH Case study

October 20, 2021

Young man stands along the ocean reflecting on his progress in recovery at Destination Hope with mental health and substance abuse treatment

Client was a 23-year-old male from the Midwest.  He presented for treatment for increased Anxiety and Depression. The client’s motivation for treatment was “I need to be able to cope with my Depression and Anxiety.” The client had a history of traumatic events while in the Marine Corp boot camp where the client was sexually abused and raped. The client reported this happened on multiple occasions.  Client reported having nightmares, feeling threatened, feelings of guilt and shame and avoiding stimuli that reminded of traumatic events of his past. Client reported that he has a history of abusing alcohol for the past 5 years. Client presented with mental health symptoms related to depression and anxiety.

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October – National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October 13, 2021

Beginning in 2011, October became National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This is a month dedicated to raising awareness about substance abuse and a call to action for prevention. Substance abuse has effects on both an individual level as well as a community level – giving us plenty of reason to stay informed and do our part to guide people toward help and provide support and prevention.

Hand intervenes to stop the progression of falling blocks representing how we can step in to prevent substance abuse at Destination Hope

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Susan’s Story – From Devastation to Destination Hope

October 8, 2021

Smiling woman shares her recovery story including detox at Destination Hope in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The road toward recovery can be a dark and lonely place, and sometimes you can feel overwhelmed with bad news. It is important, now more than ever, to maintain hope. Hope can be found through storytelling or finding common experiences through listening and conversation with other individuals who have gone through similar struggles. Our own alumni, Susan Battah, has been eager and gracious enough to share her story of how her treatment at Destination Hope completely changed her life forever.

**Disclaimer: graphic wording included**

“I walked into detox on July 11th, 2019. It was my birthday – probably the saddest day of my life, and the best day of my life. I had Tricare insurance; the only thing left of my broken marriage. I was hopeless and I was extremely ill. My body was covered in ringworms and my feet had rotted off. I stepped on glass barefooted and it got infected, so by the time I got there I couldn’t even walk. I was pouring out pus from my feet and from my face – the ring worms were just too spread out. Pus was everywhere – not the gory kind, but definitely very visible. I didn’t have clothes on. I had stolen some homeless man’s oversized shirt and sports and I had no shoes. That’s how I walked into Destination Hope.

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A Day in The Life: Addiction Nurse

October 6, 2021

Addiction treatment nurse stands with care team of psychologist and physician and clinical team members at Destination Hope in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Many people may wonder what it is like to be working firsthand with patients at Destination Hope. What does a real day look like? No fluff, no censoring, no embellishment. Well, our own Director of Nursing at Destination Hope, Vanessa Cole, gave her description of an inside look of what a day in the life of an addiction nurse looks like.

Vanessa’s focus is to have a team invested in mental health, enjoying what they do, and having their heart in the right place. They are trained accordingly, with the goal of taking a holistic approach to care – with strong relationships with their patients. She wants her nurses to treat the patients like they would their own loved ones. Everyone on the nursing team has a strong passion for helping their patients be successful in their path toward addiction and mental health recovery.

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Case Study of a Late 20s Primary Mental Health Client

September 29, 2021

Woman walks along a peaceful beach reflecting on her mental health and substance abuse treatment process at Destination Hope.

This case study discusses a female client in her late 20’s female from the Midwest. She presented for treatment for primary mental health including OCD, trauma, Major depressive disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Client’s most severe symptoms arise from her trauma due to a bad accident involving her father several years ago. Due to this, client’s life has been extremely sheltered which caused client to be extremely naïve. Approximately two months into treatment client finally admitted that she struggled with substance abuse. Prior to this she minimized her drug use stating, “It was prescribed.” Client abused several controlled substances including benzos.

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Elizabeth Holmes and Her Potential Trial Defense Involving Intimate Partner Abuse

September 22, 2021

Elizabeth Holmes’ rise to fame and fall to infamy was spectacular in many ways. The youngest self-made female billionaire according to Forbes – a media darling – was soon after charged with defrauding patients and investors alike by covering up issues with what was thought-to-be a transformational technology. Shortly, Ms. Holmes will be going on trial to determine if her actions were indeed fraudulent. Regardless, of her guilt or innocence, her defense team may be using a rather uncommon approach to avoid a guilty verdict – that of intimate partner abuse.

Lady Justice holds the scales as trial begins for Elizabeth Holmes who plans to use a defense including intimate partner abuse.

This article is not meant to pass judgment, one way or another, on the defendants in this trial. Nor does it seek to offer an opinion on the validity of intimate partner abuse as defense for committing this or any crime. Rather, this case presents an opportunity to shine the spotlight on a very real problem for millions of Americans and what can be done to treat the effects of intimate partner abuse, which can include long-term mental illness and trauma along with substance abuse.

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Q & A with Clinical Director Bridgette Fong, LMHC

September 15, 2021

Q: In your experience what is the key to developing a good clinical team?

A: The key to developing a good clinical team includes having a shared goal to always strive to provide quality care to our clients, the ability to be flexible in a team setting, having knowledgeable staff that are passionate about the field we work in and being able to develop trust. Our current clinical team exhibits all of those qualities as well as many others.

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A Significant Number of Adults with ADHD May Struggle with Substance Abuse

September 8, 2021

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be a debilitating mental illness. It is estimated that upwards of 5% of adults suffer from ADHD, which can manifest as difficulty concentrating, organizing, hitting deadlines, and following directions. ADHD often occurs in children, but up to 60% of these kids do not outgrow it in adulthood. ADHD can also cause lower levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. As a result of these deficits, those with ADHD may not feel the same pleasure response as those without the disorder.

The letters ADHD on cork board as we discuss the rates of substance abuse in ADHD Adults.

A Canadian study of almost 7000 20 to 39-year-olds showed that those suffering from ADHD had a greater risk of having a substance-abuse issue. While most of these substance-abuse disorders involve alcohol or cannabis, it was shown that one in six were suffering from abuse of harder drugs including cocaine and heroin.

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Case Study – Middle Aged Male Steroid Abuse and Addiction

September 1, 2021

Family hikes together as they begin to come together after dad recovers from steroid abuse at Destination Hope

Client was a 41-year-old male from the Midwest.  He presented for treatment for acts of rage and anger, steroid addiction and substance abuse issues. The client reported “my life is unmanageable right now.” Client struggled with communicating and interacting positively with others as evidenced by increased agitation, manipulation, mood swings and poor coping skills. Client reported that he had a history of abusing substances for the past 20 years. Client presented with mental health symptoms related to depression and anxiety. The client lacked coping skills and had very little insight into his substance abuse/mental health issues. He was having conflicts with peers at work and had burned bridges with his family and friends. Initially, the client denied needing treatment, but he realized he would like to work on “getting back to work and seeing his 2 children.” Client then realized the importance of making better choices, controlling his temper and anger and with building a positive sober support network.

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