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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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Ben Brafman Talks about His 22 Years in the Substance Abuse Field

July 10, 2017

One in four adults will experience some form of mental illness in any given year. One in 17 lives with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or some other serious mental illness. Unsurprisingly, the stigma still attached to mental illness is the most common reason they are often untreated. Ben Brafman, CEO and Founder of Destination Hope, LLC has been working to remove the stigma. Brafman says that as he worked his way up from mental health tech to clinical director he “saw what was lacking for patients and how they were being treated.” Based on his experience, he founded Destination Hope and…

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Ben Brafman Founder Talks about Fighting the Stigma for 22 Years

Although 1 in 4 people experience some type of mental illness each year, and 1 in 17 lives with a serious condition such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, many go untreated due to the stigma attached to mental illness. Ben Brafman, founder and CEO of Destination Hope has been fighting the stigma attached to mental health disorders for 22 years. He says that “having a better understanding of the entire mental health industry” helped him understand what was lacking in patient care. He pioneered specialized treatment programs at Destination Hope for Women in recognition of the specific needs of women…

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Recovery for Baby Boomers and Older Adults

July 7, 2017

Although there is an acknowledged need in the treatment community for programs that meet the unique requirements of baby boomers and older adults, treatment facilities will need new strategies to attract and serve this population. While people in their 50s and 60s suffer from similar disorders as younger patients, they have a completely different set of social, emotional, and physiological needs. By designing services specifically for this population and using marketing strategies that speak to them, treatment facilities can better reach those who need their programs. This can be a tremendous tool for marketing, says Ben Brafman, CEO of Destination…

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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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Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation Hosts Party for a Purpose

July 19, 2016

Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has announced that they will be hosting “Party for a Purpose,” an event aimed at raising awareness about mental health and giving back to those in need of treatment. On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, attendees will gather to enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a chance at winning raffle gifts totaling over $1,000 in value. An award ceremony will also be held to honor Guardian honors. The green carpet will be rolled out for everyone in attendance. Community members can attend…

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Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation “Party for a Purpose” Launch

During Mental Health Awareness Month, Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation launched the “Party for a Purpose” initiative by hosting a fundraiser at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL on May 25, 2016. The organization raised more than $2,500 and attracted a crowd of more than 100 people. Mental health awareness is an increasingly prevalent topic of conversation in today’s society. Since 1949, the month of May has been known as Mental Health Awareness Month, and is a time to bring into the spotlight the realities of mental health. The latest statistics suggest that mental illness is at epidemic proportions, affecting…

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