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Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) 101 – A Guide

July 20, 2020

Acute stress disorder (ASD), also called acute stress reaction or shock, is a condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, and responds to traumatic stressors. It arises in response to the experience or witnessing of a painful, terrifying, or emotionally stressful event which could involve the threat of death, actual death, injury or violence. It is estimated that up to 20% of people exposed to traumatic events can develop ASD and up to half of those can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later.

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What Not To Say To Someone In Recovery

July 6, 2020

When individuals go into treatment, their friends, co-workers and loved ones have a natural desire to make contact and be supportive. However, some questions and comments are not helpful and can, in fact, have a detrimental effect on the process of recovery. Although you may only be asking out of concern and want the individual to know you care, you should avoid questions that only serve to peel a scab off a wound that is still in the process of healing.

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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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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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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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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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Destination Hope Is FARR Certified

March 30, 2020

The Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) offers a voluntary certification program for transitional living facilities that wish to follow best practices in recovery support services as outlined by the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR). Certification shows that the standards supported by the facility comply with these best practices. Destination Hope has now received FARR certification for our transitional living program, which houses both mental health and substance abuse clients. Why does this matter? As part of our continuous drive toward the very best care for all of our clients, applying for our recovery residence certification was a logical…

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Open House

October 12, 2018

  We cordially invite you to join Destination Hope for the Grand Opening of our new location on Friday October 26  Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be food and dessert trucks. come mingle and meet the DH staff! Please RSVP below or contact Meredith Turnbull, Professional Relations at 850-273-2112 or e-mail: Mturnbull@destinationhope.net Friday, October 26 from 12-3pm 8301 W. McNab Road Tamarac, FL 33321     Directions 8301 W. McNab Road Tamarac, FL 33321 

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Why Mac Miller’s Overdose Death Matters

September 24, 2018

Malcolm James McCormick, known as Mac Miller, by any measure a successful musical talent, died at his home from an apparent overdose last Friday September 7. It’s easy to dismiss this as yet another celebrity death – particularly a musician – succumbing to drugs: “Hey that’s just their lifestyle, right?” However, Mac Miller’s death means so much more. Although he leaves behind friends, family and fans who love him dearly, his death seems like just another celebrity overdose in the media and across the Internet. With over 70,000 other drug-related deaths every year (estimated 2017 by the CDC) and hundreds…

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Court Ordered Treatment: A Comprehensive Overview

August 18, 2018

Court ordered treatment is a unique opportunity for individuals with addictions to get the help they need that they may not get for themselves otherwise. Let’s face it, it really is a second chance. There are opportunities to take part in a jail diversionary program for drug addicts and alcoholics alike. Our jails in this country are overrun with substance abusers, many of who committed no crime other than possessing or using their illicit substance. Many experts don’t believe that incarceration is the best way to handle these situations as they don’t deal with the cause of the crime, the…

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