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You Have the Right to be Happy, Especially Today!

August 8, 2017

National Happiness Happens Day is August 8th, and with this in mind, it is only right to list out a few small things you can do to lift your mood. For many addicts, the focus on tackling addiction pushes any consideration for their own happiness out of the picture. However, it is just as important to keep a positive outlook on life as it is to focus on your sobriety. No matter what your past may look like, you deserve to be happy and enjoy life. Not only will focusing on your own happiness lift your spirits, but it will…

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Founder and CEO Ben Brafman Discusses 22 Years of Fighting the Stigma

July 10, 2017

Even though 1 in 4 adults are likely to experience some form of mental illness each year, and 1 in 17 live with a serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, there is still a stigma attached to mental illness. In fact, the stigma surrounding mental illnesses is the main reason many people don’t seek treatment. Ben Brafman, CEO and Founder of Destination Hope, LLC has been working to remove the stigma during his 22 years in the mental health field. He began his career as a mental health tech and worked his way up to…

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Reach More Patients by Marketing to Older Adults

June 30, 2017

The number of people who are in their 50s and 60s continues to rise, and this population is not immune to substance use disorders (SUDs). In fact, SUDs are on the rise in this segment of the population, including both illicit drug use and alcohol abuse. In order to reach baby boomers and older adults, treatment centers must design programs that meet their specific needs and use marketing strategies and messaging that resonate with them. Older adults need to be assured that they will not be in a room full of 18-year-olds. Just letting them know this is one of…

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Where Does the Stigma in Mental Health Come From?

April 26, 2017

    Taking the first step in admitting you have a mental health problem and need help can be difficult. The stigmas surrounding mental health can make it even harder. Mental health stigmas often lead to various forms of exclusion or discrimination at work and within your circle of family and friends. Stigmatizing beliefs about mental health are shared by a wide range of individuals within society, regardless of if they know someone with a mental health condition. Adolescents with mental health problems may face stigmatized behaviors from family, peers, teachers, and school staff. Adults may experience stigma from friends,…

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