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Healthy Friends vs. Unhealthy Friends

October 23, 2017

You are who you surround yourself with. Although it may be a clichéd belief, for many, the saying holds true. If you’re in treatment, it is important to surround yourself with positive, healthy relationships that will be a source of support during and after the recovery process. For many people, this may mean avoiding friends you used to hang out with before you entered treatment. It doesn’t stop there. Developing new friendships can also be tricky as you try to find a healthy network of friends. The Difference between Healthy & Unhealthy Friendships It might seem like a safe bet…

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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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From Broken to Whole Again

April 12, 2017

Written by DH Women's Program, alumni family member, Beth O. March 2017 When I grew up, my mother was our caretaker and did everything for us. She put us through dance and gymnastics classes, voice lessons, drove us to soccer games and saved every last dollar from her two jobs to give us everything we needed and wanted. She was strong, smart and our rock when my father left us during the times we needed him most. I was in middle school and my sister was in elementary school. These were the years we needed our father, but he suffered…

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Do I Need Mental Health Treatment?

November 15, 2013

Mental health treatment is necessary for the many women suffering from common mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Do you need mental health treatment? Here are some signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders. Anxiety Symptoms You may need mental health treatment for anxiety if... You have fears that are irrational and overwhelming. You have trouble sleeping. Worry consumes you. You always feel like you can’t relax and you’re restless. You experience difficulty concentrating. You’re irritable and nervous. Physical manifestations can include headaches, nausea, heart palpitations, shortness of breath and other maladies. Signs…

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