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Case Study: 50-Year-Old Woman Bipolar with Substance Abuse

May 12, 2021

Client was a 50-year-old female presenting to Destination Hope for substance abuse and mental health treatment. Client presented with a history of trauma, depression, anxiety and PTSD and was recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Client’s mental health symptoms were exacerbated by her substance abuse history. Client had abandonment issues that stem from her parents divorcing and client’s mother leaving her when she was 13 to work and live on her own. Client had been a primary caregiver throughout her life and suffered from ‘burn out.” Client has a history of sexual and physical abuse which caused her to act out in promiscuous ways. She attempted treatment many times but always relapsed which added to her guilt and shame. Client was licensed in the medical field until she had to surrender her license due to her substance abuse and mental health decline. Client also had multiple suicide attempt with acute feelings of hopelessness.  Client entered into our residential level of care with high hopes of building a sober support network gaining back her self-esteem and developing healthy relationships.

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Why In-Person Substance Abuse Treatment Is Better Than Online

May 5, 2021

The COVID pandemic has created a new age of alternatives to in-person therapy in the form of telehealth. While this has been beneficial in slowing the spread of the virus, does the outcome of online therapy measure up to the outcomes of in-person treatment? In this article we will weigh the pros and cons of in-person therapy and online therapy to discuss which is best suited for mental health and substance abuse treatment.


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Case Study: Alcohol Abuse with Co-Occurring Anxiety

April 28, 2021

Our client was a male in his early 20s and presented for treatment for alcohol use disorder and reported he had been drinking daily for 2 years. He was on short term disability and employed. This was his first-time seeking treatment.

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Building a Relationship With Yourself After Addiction

April 27, 2021

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Recovery from substance abuse and addiction requires a number of different commitments. One of the issues on which you will have to work is your relationships with people. How will treatment help you re-form these relationships with those around you? To get there, you must first repair the relationship with yourself.

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Getting a Job After Drug Rehab Program

Drug rehabilitation program clients may find that the experience of seeking employment after rehabilitation can be very stressful. Use these tips to help you to reduce stress and put your best foot forward during your search for employment.   Tip #1: Do Not Assume the Worst. Do not begin your job search efforts with the expectation that it will be bad or that you will fail. Going about this or any other effort with a negative mindset can only create additional stress and set you up for failure. Thinking positively can be a great help while searching for employment, just…

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Case Study: Meth Overdose with Co-occurring Mental Health and Medical Issues

April 21, 2021

Client was a 39-year-old male from S. Florida.  He presented for treatment after overdosing on Methamphetamine. The client reported “I lost too much control.”  Client reported a history of substance abuse and mental health issues. In addition, client struggled with medical issues including heart attack and strokes and employment issues. Client presented with mental health symptoms related to depression, anxiety and trauma. Client was unemployed and had a strained relationship with his parents who he lived with prior to treatment. Initially, the client denied needing treatment, but he realized he would like to work on “discipline,” and the need of building a sober support network.

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Preventing Relapse Through Stress Management

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Many aspects of a person’s life improve when they’re in recovery, but the stresses of everyday life don’t go away when they leave the treatment center. Stress is a normal and inevitable part of life, and it’s important to learn how to deal with tension and worry in healthy ways through stress management.

Studies have shown that stress doesn’t just play a major role in active cases of substance abuse, but it can also trigger relapse. Developing a strong set of stress-management techniques and coping skills can help recovering individuals learn how to handle stressful situations and stay on track.

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3 Reasons Alumni Programs are Key to Relapse Prevention

April 19, 2021

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Alumni programs are an important part of relapse prevention because they help connect the recovery community and help people live healthy, sober lives after rehab.  Alumni programming like events, newsletters, family days, and group therapy can help a person maintain sobriety, even in the face of real-life challenges.  Alumni programs are designed for people who have successfully graduated from drug and alcohol rehabilitation and are actively rebuilding their lives.

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Staying Sober: Alumni and Aftercare Services

Relapse is a common occurrence after a drug or alcohol treatment program is completed. To prevent relapse, alumni and aftercare services from your rehab center help you or a loved one to stay sober. Long-term continuing care is the most effective and safest way to avoid returning to substance abuse.1

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Case Study: Middle Aged Female with Cooccurring Alcohol Abuse and Depression

April 14, 2021

Client was a 54-year-old heterosexual female who presented for treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder co-occurring with Major Depressive Disorder. Client reported having time sober in the past and had relapsed approximately 2 years ago. The client is a licensed clinician and was out of work on FMLA and Short-Term Disability. The client reported that she had been in treatment before, but it was a long time ago and came to Destination Hope for help.

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The client shared that she was functioning at work and no-one questioned her performance. She further reported that she was drinking heavily at home nightly and had recently starting drinking while at work, and she knew she needed help. The client reported that she had a troubled marriage with kids living at home and felt responsible to take care of her husband who is disabled.

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