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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 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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Substance Abuse Treatment Must Continue Through the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 26, 2020

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

March 18, 2020

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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Destination Hope Hits the Road

January 30, 2017

In any given year, Destination Hope visits more than 20 cities and attends various national conferences. The goal of these visits is to network with those in the behavioral and mental health industries and work together to find the best way to reach clients and get them well. During the conferences, Destination Hope staff will network with lobbyists who push the government toward the passage of laws that protect patients. During information sessions, our staff members hear from other clinicians and learn about new policies that could affect the industry. Knowledge is power and when industry members come together, they…

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Alcohol and Breast Cancer: Study Reveals New Link

August 22, 2016

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. Alcohol consumption is estimated to…

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On the Road Again…

June 15, 2016

It was 117 degrees, scorching hot and we were on our way back from Palm Springs, California. “Where are you traveling to now?” seems to be the question my friends and family ask me. As a marketer and publicist, I am always on the go with my team at Destination Hope, visiting more than 20 cities a year at various national conferences. The reason we do this is not only to get our name out there, but to network with so many people in the substance use and behavioral health industries. We work together for a common goal: to find…

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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

April 28, 2016

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. Shooting Down the Gun Bills Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla is the chair of the Florida Senate Judiciary…

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Obama’s Plan for Opioid Abuse

April 27, 2016

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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