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State of Recovery

Jef MullinsWaters Edge Recovery Chief Development Officer, Jef Mullins, was invited to present to industry executives at the first annual State of Recovery conference held at the Diplomat Hotel July 21st and 22nd . State of Recovery 2016 featured 30 speakers, including celebrity author Mariel Hemingway, former NFL star Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson and over 500 attendees including physicians, clinicians, therapists and industry leaders from national and local addiction treatment centers.

The purpose of the conference was to open a dialogue with colleagues and share insights and resources to better serve our patients.

Jef Mullins presentation, Psychodynamics Insights Into Leading a Behavioral Healthcare Organization, touched on leadership, changes, the chain of anxieties, the importance of a support hierarchy and renewal.

The 2nd Annual State of Recovery Conference is taking place July 13-14, 2017 at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL.

Photos From The First Annual State of Recovery Conference

Quit Smoking

Smoking – I thought we were beating it!

Quit SmokingOne of the most recent examples of public health campaigns actually making a difference are the anti-smoking initiatives. As a result of drives to raise awareness of the hazards of smoking and a rise in support offered around smoking cessation, we have enjoyed a significant drop in the USA from the 40 or so percent who regularly smoked in the 1960s, to around 15% now.

However (and there’s always a ‘however’ around something as devastating as smoking) – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 3,200 teenagers light up their first cigarette every single day. And they rarely stop there. About two-thirds will become regular smokers. If this doesn’t change right now, the CDC project that 1 of every 13 teenagers will someday die from a smoking-related illness.

One might think that it would be enough for parents just to warn children of the dangers of smoking, which include lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, cancers (of the mouth, nose, throat, larynx, gullet (oesophagus), pancreas, bladder, cervix, blood (leukaemia), and kidney are all more common in smokers), circulatory problems, one research study estimated that smoking is responsible for about 1 in 5 cases of rheumatoid arthritis and worsening of symptoms of asthma, colds, flu, chest infections, tuberculosis, chronic rhinitis, diabetic retinopathy, hyperthyroidism, multiple sclerosis, optic neuritis, and Crohn's disease, dementia, optic neuropathy, cataracts, macular degeneration, pulmonary fibrosis, psoriasis, gum disease, tooth loss, osteoporosis and Raynaud’s phenomenon.

Did that last paragraph go by in a blur? In 2014, the U.S. Surgeon General’s report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, confirmed that cataracts macular degeneration, an eye disease that destroys the central vision that you need to read, drive, and see people’s faces, can be caused by smoking

But we are forgetting something very important: teenagers do as we do, not as we say.

Now, let’s take a look at another study.

Seattle Social Development Project, which is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has found that twelve-year- olds whose parents smoked were more than twice as likely to begin smoking cigarettes on a daily basis between the ages of 13 and 21 as children whose parents didn’t use tobacco.

It is parental behavior about smoking, not attitudes that influence whether our child will smoke their first cigarette today. I often write about simple lessons we can show our children. Here’s one to do, but only if you are planning, as the probably the single most effective health choice you can make for your children today, to give up smoking right now.

If you smoke, bring your family together and take a white piece of cotton, such as a handkerchief, and inhale your cigarette, cigar, etc. through the piece of cloth and into your mouth. You are effectively smoking through the piece of cloth. You will only need to do this once. You will see why.

Then simply tell everyone you are planning to quit, seek support if necessary, then, very importantly, immediately stop defining yourself as someone who is trying to quit, nor even someone who ‘hasn’t had a cigarette in 6 days, 2 hours and 18 minutes’, but as a non-smoker. Quite simply, you are one of those people out there who doesn’t smoke. This is a new identity and an exciting one. And you children will be less likely to smoke either.

Are 12-Step Programs for Aftercare Helpful in Recovery?

Are 12-Step Programs Sufficient for Aftercare?

12-step-we With an abundance of treatment centers turning to 12-step programs as their basis for treatment, there has also been an increase in recovering addicts who are utilizing 12-step programs during aftercare. Aftercare can often be just as important as the initial treatment and many people need an aftercare regimen that is effective to ensure they maintain sobriety. Here’s a quick look at whether or not 12-step programs are sufficient for aftercare.

How Do 12-Step Programs For Aftercare Ensure They’re Fully Sufficient?

Addicts who are given a 12-step program to work through in their aftercare often end up meeting with the same people as they did during their treatment. Even meetings that take place at treatment facilities are often open to other addicts not currently enrolled in treatment at a rehab center. This ends up being a very effective way to ensure that the 12-step program continues to be worked and is sufficient for after addicts have begun their aftercare routine.

What Brings The Most Favorable Results With 12-Step Programs For Aftercare?

For most addicts who have recently finishing their initial treatment at a rehab facility, frequent participation in the meetings associated with a 12-step program is the most effective way to ensure successful results from their aftercare. Studies have shown that addicts who are maintaining their routine and attending meetings had less trouble sticking to their program outside of the treatment facility. Thankfully, the structure of 12-step programs makes establishing the habit of attending meetings easy to do and continue throughout aftercare.

Have There Been Any Advances Made In Using 12-Step Programs For Aftercare?

12-step programs for aftercare have recently seen some advances in the form of how programs communicate with recovering addicts after they leave the program. In the summer of 2015, a text-messaging service was developed for use in aftercare that saw massive success. The texts came five days a week exactly at 12 noon and were used to remind addicts after treatment of when their meetings were and inform them of the ways they should be working their continuing 12-step program.

Facing addiction on your own can be dangerous and it will be easier to overcome your addiction with professional drug treatment. Escaping your harmful environment offers massive benefits and you’ll be able to focus fully on your treatment. Reclaim your life from your addiction today and give us a call. Together, we’ll work with you determine the best coarse of action for seeking sobriety.


Bringing the Heroin Epidemic Into the Spotlight

Did SNL Go Too Far Poking Fun at the Heroin Epidemic?

Did SNL Go Too Far With Their Recent Skit About Heroin?

Bringing the Heroin Epidemic Into the SpotlightA recent sketch on the popular late-night program Saturday Night Live (SNL) has sparked anger among families and friends of heroin addicts as well as recovered heroin addicts themselves and those currently struggling with the problem. Many people are upset that this sketch appeared on network television and are especially angered that it might be misunderstood by young people.

The sketch appeared on SNL as a fake advertisement for heroin as an over-the-counter medication called Heroin AM. It featured cast members posing as middle to upper-class individuals who wanted and needed heroin in order to get through their hectic days.

Bringing the Heroin Epidemic Into the Spotlight

In places like Wisconsin and Massachusetts, the outrage was particularly high. In these states and many others throughout the United States, the heroin epidemic has become a very real problem. Many individuals and families felt it was terrible to laugh at this dire situation, which is happening in thousands of households throughout the United States.

On the other hand, some people weren’t put off by the dark humor and understood that a serious epidemic was being brought into the light, rather than being completely ignored. If nothing else, the clip helped illustrate the fact that everyday people are getting hooked on heroin, not just homeless people on the streets or other poor individuals.

It’s true that most people tend to think of the heroin epidemic only affecting lower class and poor individuals and families, but this isn’t the case. Today, heroin knows no bounds. Individuals in affluent families with high achieving careers are turning to this drug to help cope with stress, anxiety, depression and other mental disorders. Heroin is cheaper and easier to obtain than many prescription drugs, so it’s often seen as a transition substance from prescription drug abuse.

If You’re Struggling With Heroin, Call Waters Edge Recovery

Regardless of whether you found the SNL skit outrageous or courageous, it’s important that you do know how serious the heroin epidemic is in the United States today. If you are being affected by this terrible heroin epidemic, you need to seek professional heroin addiction treatment. This is true whether it is you specifically who is struggling with heroin addiction or if you have a close friend or relative who is struggling with the problem.

Heroin addiction can be overcome. If you’re addicted to heroin or any substance, contact Waters Edge Recovery in Florida immediately at 855-782-1009. We can help.

Understanding Teen Alcohol Abuse on Prom Night

Keeping Teens Safe from Alcohol Abuse on Prom Night

Understanding Teen Alcohol Abuse on Prom NightProm night is a big night for teens all around the country, but some teens are in danger when they indulge in alcohol abuse on prom night. As a parent, it’s difficult to know what to do when your son or daughter is going to prom because it’s common for teens to drink.

There are many different theories about what a parent should or shouldn’t do to help their child avoid alcohol abuse on prom night, but communication and openness is the best solution. By building a relationship of open communication and trust with your teen, you may be able to help your son or daughter make abstain from alcohol abuse on prom night.

The Dangers of Alcohol Abuse on Prom Night

A recent study at a South Carolina high school showed that one out of five high school students had ridden in the car with someone in the last 30 days who had been drinking. Drunk driving and DUIs are a huge concern for prom season because so many young people are out drinking.

Not only are they putting their own life at risk, but they’re also risking the lives of their passengers and anyone else who might be on the road. This can be a difficult situation for a parent because you may feel powerless over your child’s drinking on such a night, but there are ways that you can help.

Understanding Teen Alcohol Abuse on Prom Night

Teens are naturally curious, impulsive and careless. A lot of this has to do with the fact that their prefrontal cortex isn’t fully developed yet. The prefrontal cortex is what helps people make logical decisions, and it doesn’t develop until a person is in their 20s.

Teens also have a natural need to fit in or impress people, which leads to risky behavior. One study had teens drive in a simulator by themselves as well as when their peers were around. It was found that most teens who were being watched by their peers were more likely to speed and run red lights. Understanding these behaviors may help you realize what teens might be going through when they go out for prom.

Avoiding Alcohol Abuse on Prom Night

The best thing any parent can do is begin talking to their child about the dangers of alcohol abuse on prom night early on. It’s often inevitable that a teen will drink at some point during high school, but many teens hide this information from their parents in fear of getting in trouble. When you build a relationship with your son or daughter where they feel comfortable discussing alcohol, they may take what you say seriously and not indulge in certain behaviors.

If your teen has already started abusing alcohol, he or she may need the help of an alcohol treatment center. It’s time to help teens understand the disease of addiction and learn a better way to lead their life. Call Waters Edge Recovery in Florida today at 855-782-1009 and reclaim your child’s life from alcohol abuse.

Statistics Reveal Professional Addiction Is a Dirty Secret

Professional Addiction: Lawyers Have A High Rate of Substance Abuse

Professional addiction is a bigger problem than many people realize. For example, lawyers tend to use substances more than people in other occupations. This is surprising, considering the fact that many attorneys spend much of their time defending people with addiction issues.

Statistics Reveal Professional Addiction Is a Dirty Secret

Professionals with Addictive DrinkingThe Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, along with the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, report that as much as 21% of licensed and practicing lawyers have an alcohol use disorder. This is higher for lawyers under the age of 30, with 31.9% of those suffering from alcohol use problems. Other Americans only suffer an alcohol addiction rate of 6.8%, putting this vast contrast of professional addiction into clear perspective. Even worse, with many attorneys using stimulants, 74% of those who use stimulants do so weekly.

While attorneys suffer extremely high addiction rates, surgeons and other elite professionals do as well. Surgeons still exceed the average American worker in substance abuse, with more than 10% of these doctors having alcohol use disorders. With these elevated rates of professional addiction come equally high rates of depression, anxiety and other co-occurring disorders.

Barriers for Treatment of Professional Addiction

The biggest problem of professional addiction is that few professionals are seeking treatment. Most fear others finding out about their problem, ruining their reputation and possibly causing a loss of income. Many start their professional addiction just as their careers are beginning and maintain use for many years.

While entering treatment can be scary to people who have gone through so much education and work to build up a professional practice, there are options specifically designed for attorneys, physicians and other high-profile professionals. To gain the right treatment, it’s only a matter of finding a program that is best suited to an individual’s personal and professional needs.

Programs designed specifically for doctors, lawyers, corporate executives and others in similar fields protect patient privacy by focusing specifically on high-profile patients. Peers are able to effectively relate to each other’s problems and stressors where other types of workers may feel far less able to relate or empathize.

Finding the Right Professional Addiction Program

Having a professional career and reputation is never an excuse for enabling or continuing an addiction problem. There are a multitude of programs available for lawyers, doctors and others needing treatment without disruption of career, family and reputation. Treatment may be obtained and privacy can be assured.

Don’t let addiction short-circuit your successful career. Call Waters Edge Recovery in sunny Florida at 855-782-1009 for information regarding executive addiction treatment programs designed specifically for high-achieving, high profile professionals and executives.

Rural Drug Addiction

West Virginia leads the rest of the country in drug overdose deaths. This is surprising, when one would typically think that more overdoses would occur in harsher urban environments such as New York City, Detroit, Philadelphia or Los Angeles. But rural drug addiction is now one of our country’s biggest problems, with many drug-dealing groups specifically focusing on rural geographies to grow their empires.

Rural Drug Addiction Is No Longer a Secret

Why Long-Term Rural Drug Addiction Is GrowingRural drug addiction seems to have sneaked up on government officials who historically track urban demographics to gauge the country’s drug use problems. But now, it’s becoming very clear that drugs are a problem everywhere and focusing on specific regions for crime fighting efforts only allows substance abuse to take hold in other regions.

In Boone County, West Virginia, the overdose death rate per 100,000 residents is 81. In Kanawha County, an urban geography, the death rate is not even half that ratio. There, only 35 people die per 100,000. What is even more terrifying is that drug issues of farmlands and quiet pastures are those of opioids like heroin. This isn’t unique to West Virginia and is seen now in every state in the country.

Why Long-Term Rural Drug Addiction Is Growing

There are several reasons why rural drug addiction is growing so rapidly with people using drugs for longer periods than in urban areas. More start using in rural areas because of their lifestyle, the type of drugs accessible to them and the low availability of treatment options in their area.

Lifestyle is slower in rural regions. Populations of these areas are primarily older adults who are more frequently prescribed chronic pain treatments consisting of prescription opioids. These are highly addictive.

Others who are very frequently prescribed opioids include laborers in physically demanding fields, such as farm workers and those who are employed in factories. In a rural setting, jobs are very scarce. Consequently, these workers will do whatever it takes to keep their occupational income flowing. They often resort to prescription painkillers to numb their pain so that they can keep their jobs.

Treatment for Rural Drug Addiction Is Available

While many rural residents needing addiction treatment don’t believe they can get it because they are so geographically isolated, there are many options available to them. These options include traveling for rehab, something many Americans do each year. Rural residency isn’t a reason to put off treatment for drug addiction. In fact, recovery can bring much greater hope for the future without the constraints the cycle of addiction inflicts upon rural users.

If you or someone you love live in a rural environment and suffer from addiction, there is hope through effective rehabilitation treatment. Call Waters Edge Recovery in Florida at 855-782-1009. Break the chains of addiction today.

The Link Between Higher Education Stress and Heroin Addiction

Can the Stress of Higher Education Lead to Heroin Addiction?

Relationship Between Addiction and Higher Education

The Link Between Higher Education Stress and Heroin AddictionYou may think that smart and successful individuals involved in academia and higher education have a low likelihood of developing a heroin addiction. In fact, more studies are proving that there’s a link between addiction and stress of higher education and other esteemed careers.

Our lives are changing, and the things that lead to heroin addiction are changing as well. Life is getting faster paced all the time. Individuals feel social and familial pressure to excel at everything and anything they attempt. Even minor stress can morph and lead to chronic anxiety. This anxiety can lead to depression, which can lead to heroin addiction and other substance dependencies.

Stress, Anxiety and Depression Often Lead to Heroin Addiction

One thing that people often forget is that addiction doesn’t pop up out of nowhere. In fact, it often arises as a result of everyday struggles that we all share, like depression, stress and anxiety.

There’s a strong relationship between mental illness or mental struggles and addiction. Even the smallest bit of stress and anxiety can lead to heroin addiction in the long run. For example, depression happens to nearly everyone, and with time and perhaps some professional help, it will usually go away.

But when people turn to drugs instead of turning to professional drug detox and drug rehabilitation or simply getting more sleep and rest for a mild case of depression, infrequent using quickly becomes frequent using, and the frequent using can lead to heroin addiction.

There is Quality Rehab Help Available

Are you someone who has been affected by severe stress, anxiety or depression and has turned to heroin for help? Have you been using drugs in order to cope with your feelings and emotions? Remember, if this is something you’re struggling with right now, you aren’t alone, and help is available for you. If you have someone in your family or a close friend who has been dealing with similar issues, you can help them as well.

At Waters Edge Recovery in Florida, our goal is to help individuals like you who may be struggling with emotions and feelings that have lead to heroin addiction. It’s time to remove the stigma of addiction that holds many individuals back from getting the professional help they so desperately need.

Addiction doesn’t have to have a tight grip over your life any longer. At Waters Edge Recovery, we can help you get sober and fully recover. All you need to do is take the first step by calling us at 855-782-1009.

How Does Teen Drinking Cause Irreversible Brain Damage?

Teen Drinking Can Alter Brain Function Permanently

Extreme alcohol consumption in the form of alcoholism or binge drinking can have a negative impact on the body at any age. However, teenagers run a particularly high risk of altering their brain function permanently through alcohol. The risks, in terms of brain function and development, should be major concerns among teenagers who consume alcohol.

Drinking Can Reduce Attention Span

How Does Teen Drinking Cause Irreversible Brain Damage?The primary way that alcohol can alter the brain function of drinking teens is by damaging the nerve tissues within the brain. Interestingly, this damage caused by a teen drinking problem can impact boys and girls differently. In young men, drinking alcohol in large quantities, or even as little as two drinks in a short period of time, can significantly reduce their attention span.

Boys with a teen drinking problem have a lowered ability to concentrate and focus on a single subject for an extended period of time. Consequently, concentration becomes a greater challenge during lectures in class or when reading textbooks. The lowered attention span can be as much as 10%, according to some researchers.

Can Inhibit Ability to Comprehend Visual Information

One of the ways that a teen drinking problem can impact brain function is by limiting a person’s comprehension and understanding of visual information. This is especially true for teenage girls who consume alcohol during development.

Young women who engaged in binge drinking also saw a reduced ability to perform well on tests that focus on spatial reasoning. In the high school and college level, this could significantly decrease grades in classes like math or engineering.

Can Change the Chemical Receptors of the Brain

A teen drinking problem can also permanently change the chemical receptors of the brain. Initially, a teenager who drinks alcohol may experience pleasure after a drink or two, but, as time goes on, more drinks will be needed to get the same effect.

Furthermore, what creates pleasure within the brain, courtesy of chemical receptors, can change. Teens who drink may engage in increasingly risky behavior in order to get the same thrill that a single drink once used to provide. Some of these actions could include the following:

  • Risky sexual interactions
  • Driving while impaired
  • Speeding
  • Making rash judgements

Can Teen Drinking Reduce Short-Term Memory

It’s not unusual for binge drinkers of any age to notice that after a certain number of drinks, they black out and lose all or most of their memory. Teenagers, however, have a more lasting problem. Excessive or regular alcohol consumption during brain development can cause long-term damage to short-term memory. This is something typically not seen until old age, so it is one of the most dangerous and worrying side effects of a teen drinking problem.

Teen alcohol abuse in high school or college isn’t just a part of growing up: it can and should be considered a teen drinking problem and be addressed with alcohol addiction treatment. Call Waters Edge Recovery at 855-782-1009 to learn more about our facility in Stuart, Florida, and our recovery programs for teens.

Treating Addiction to Save the Life of Someone You Love

Treating Addiction with an Addictive Substance?

Treating Addiction to Save the Life of Someone You LoveMethadone and suboxone are widely used to treat heroin addiction. But treating addiction through use of other addictive substances has long been an issue of debate. This debate is becoming more heated, as more and more individuals are seeking methadone and rehab for suboxone addiction.

Many people think treating people addicted to heroin with a drug they may also become addicted to isn’t a bad idea, especially considering the fact that not treating them at all is usually a pathway to death.

Medical Expert Opinion Regarding Treating Addiction with Addictive Substances

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry assessed effectivity of long-term opioid medications. This project determined that some heroin-addicted patients may be better treated through use of a new pain medication called hydromorphone (HDM), than by using suboxone or methadone.

Taking the stance that untreated opioid use disorder is a risk of premature death, study experts believe that the new drug hydromorphone is effective as an alternative to the previously used addiction medications for these patients. They also believe that not using one of these medications is a greater risk than the possibility of addiction the treatments carry.

Treating Addiction Means Preventing Death

The JAMA published study followed 200 patients in Vancouver, a portion of whom received HDM injections for six months as part of long-term opioid addiction treatment. HDM was found to be just as effective and safe as other means of treating substance use disorder in those addicted to heroin or other opioids.

What “safe” means to these experts is prevention of death from the addiction. While opioid users will inevitably die prematurely if substance abuse continues, HDM injections can ensure very few suffer consequences of addiction. When 88,451 injections of HDM were applied to these patients, only 14 died from overdose.

Still, the US National Library of Medicine provides information cautioning that HDM use can cause its own addiction and overdose. This medication must be injected every two to three hours and causes its own array of withdrawal symptoms that can be severe and comparable to opioid withdrawal. So application of this drug for treating addiction, as well as suboxone and methadone, comes down to their life-saving abilities while medical science works to come up with better solutions for heroin and prescription painkiller users.

Treating Addiction to Save the Life of Someone You Love

Whether you or someone you love is addicted to heroin or other opioids, getting the help you need is lifesaving. While the possibility of developing another addiction isn’t ideal, this treatment is still a means of ensuring freedom from the more harrowing day-to-day existence of heroin addiction or painkiller addiction.

For help for yourself or someone you love, call Waters Edge Recovery in Florida now at 855-782-1009. Treating addiction at a professional drug rehab center is the only effective pathway to survival.