Hello Amatus Team, We continue to monitor the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and have been in communication with every facility to ensure that we are prepared to continue providing services to our clients. We will continue to stay in regular contact with each facility and make necessary updates to the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Such…
Every 62 minutes someone dies as a direct result of an eating disorder, and that could have easily been me. When I was growing up, I believed being smaller meant being better. There was nobody to tell me that’s wrong.
St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and your corner bar will be full. After St. Patrick’s, there’s March Madness and the start of baseball season.
March in general is a heavy drinking month. But you can get through this season sober—and enjoy it.
Music activates the same reward pathways in the brain that get hijacked by drugs and alcohol. These pathways are how we derive pleasure from healthy activities like eating, connecting with others, appreciating art.
Creating boundaries requires knowing what they are, which means being in tune with what you’re feeling. This is difficult to do when you’re not cognizant in general. It is also hard to do when your sense of self is enmeshed with substances.
I was a few months sober when a member of my old social circle died in a vehicle crash; he had been drunk. I could easily think of a dozen people who died in incidents from drugs and alcohol when they were very young.
The unfortunate truth is many experience relapse. Johnny Cash is no different, having entered treatment 3 times. He struggled with addiction until his death from diabetic complications in 2003.
In care-giving occupations, professionals take on a lot of the stress or trauma that their patients or clients experience. This concept is called secondary traumatic stress, or Compassion Fatigue. The latter term was coined by Dr. Charles Figley in 1995.
Prior to this season, baseball players were not tested for “drugs of abuse” unless there was probable cause. Previous drug screenings were meant primarily to identify whether a player was using a performance enhancing substance.