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September is National Recovery Month

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is sponsoring the 23rd National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). This long-standing, national observance promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of …

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Pandemic

The Pandemic Is Spiking Anxiety. Before You Take Anti-Anxiety Medication, Understand The Risks

Whitney, whose name we changed to protect her privacy, sometimes has panic attacks. Her hands shake and her chest tightens. By the end of one, she’s drenched in sweat. To alleviate her worry about having another attack, she carries a prescription bottle of clonazepam, a benzodiazepine, with her everywhere she goes. The medication works fast, …

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Drug overdose deaths in 2020 hit highest number ever recorded, CDC data shows

Drug overdose deaths rose by close to 30% in the United States in 2020, hitting the highest number ever recorded, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. More than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2020, according to provisional data released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. That’s a …

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Mental Health Action Day

Mental Health Action Day looks to shift culture from raising awareness to making moves

Thursday, May 20 is the first Mental Health Action Day. You may see messages from brands, nonprofits, and cultural leaders encouraging all of us to take the first steps in getting support for our mental health. “Through the pandemic, economic and political uncertainties, continuing fight for racial justice that now more than ever felt like …

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Pandemic drinking is on the rise

Pandemic drinking is on the rise. Here’s how to set healthy limits

Research shows that Americans are drinking more during the pandemic. Here’s why that’s troubling — and what experts suggest to avoid overdoing it. Have you found yourself drinking more during the pandemic? If the answer is “Cheers!,” you’re not alone. Adults across the country reported imbibing 14% more often in spring 2020 than the same …

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Champagne Problems Podcast

Champagne Problems Podcast Episode #2 We had a great conversation Steven Scanlan, M.D. who  is Board Certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and currently owns and runs Palm Beach Outpatient Detox in South Florida.  Dr. Scanlan is an expert in psychopharmacology, which is the study of substance-induced changes in mood, sensation, thinking, and …

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