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Destination Hope Is FARR Certified

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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Substance Abuse Treatment Must Continue Through the Coronavirus Outbreak

With coronavirus and related shutdowns dominating the headlines over the past few weeks, it can be difficult to see past that and remember that many of the societal crises that were top of mind just a couple months ago, still exist. One of these is the extreme rise in opioid addiction and overdose that the United States has been experiencing for the past few years. As we refocus on this new and exotic medical threat to our society, the substance abuse and addiction has taken a backseat. Well there’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic needs to be dealt with immediately, ignoring the very real and continuing scourge of addiction is at our own risk.

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Destination Hope Coronavirus Update

With the continuing spread of Coronavirus / COVID-19, we understand the concerns you have about your loved one and their treatment. We also recognize the important need for continued addiction and mental health treatment. Delaying treatment for any reason can result in catastrophic circumstances.

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Alcohol and Breast Cancer: Study Reveals New Link

Doctors have noted five medical conditions that are of great concern to women: heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression and autoimmune diseases. Scientific research has identified particular risk factors for each disease, which helps inform women about steps they can take to protect themselves.

Among the major health concerns they’re facing, breast cancer may be on the minds of women more than any other. This is quite understandable, since it can have far-reaching implications for mental and physical health. It is also second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death for women.

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Parity 101

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is well-known among those in the behavioral health field. However, for those who are not familiar with the act, it can be a multifaceted and confusing topic. Enacted in 2008, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act does not require a plan to offer mental health or substance use disorder benefits. However, if the plan does offer these benefits, they must fall in line with those offered for other medical care. One illustration of a parity requirement involves the frequency of office visits. Under the act, patients do not necessarily need…

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Gun Control and Mental Health: Taking Aim at More Important Issues

Gun legislation is an active topic in nearly every state in America. Existing laws are being challenged or expanded, and new laws are being proposed that would either restrict or increase the rights of gun owners. Both anti-gun and pro-gun activists are feverishly presenting their arguments, while the various lobbyists plead their cases in the state legislative systems.

Recently, one state senator in Florida garnered headlines as the gun owner who single-handedly killed two of the National Rifle Association’s top bills.

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Obama’s Plan for Opioid Abuse

The Obama administration has made some aggressive moves in the war on opioid abuse, with a series of steps that will increase people's access to drug addiction treatment and improve the training of physicians who prescribe opioid painkillers. Will these actions benefit people suffering from addiction and help the United States win the war on drugs? This article takes a look at some of the highlights of the plan and discusses their implications for people who are struggling with opioid addiction. Opioid Addiction in America These federal initiatives come as a response to the growing problem of opioid addiction in…

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President Obama to Speak at 2016 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

The original version of this article was published at http://www.drugrehabfl.net/president-obama-to-speak-at-drug-abuse-summit-2016/ From March 28 through March 31, 2016, Destination Hope will be at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in downtown Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel. Federal, state and local professionals will gather to discuss drug abuse and misuse, as well as changes in the field. The event is the largest collaboration of professionals in the industry. The Summit will focus on the evolving heroin crisis in America, which has also been linked to the misuse of prescription medications. On March 22, President Obama announced that he…

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President Obama to Speak at Drug Abuse Summit 2016

ATLANTA – Destination Hope will be exhibiting at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, which runs from March 28 through March 31 at The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in downtown Atlanta. The Summit is the largest national collaboration of federal, state and local professionals seeking to address prescription drug abuse, misuse and diversion. This year, the Summit has expanded its focus to address the emerging heroin crisis, which has been linked to the prescription drug problem. President Barack Obama announced March 22, that he will speak at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta,…

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Important Mental Health Reform Passes in Florida

Progress in System Reform

In 2015 there were more bills filed in Florida on mental health initiatives than in the seven prior years combined. After disappointing attempts to pass improved mental health legislation, reinvigorated efforts have yielded encouraging results in early 2016. On February 18, the Florida legislature unanimously passed two important bills dealing with mental health, substance abuse and treatment.

One bill focused on providing easier access to mental health services for patients. This will help ensure those in need of treatment will be able to get it.

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