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The Benefits of IOPs
If you don’t need medically supervised detox services, an IOP may be able to offer all the support and resources you need for a successful recovery. An IOP can also act as a step up from regular therapy sessions if you need more resources and accountability than weekly meetings. Or an IOP is also the perfect step down from inpatient programs, offering a helping hand as you adjust from full-time treatment back into regular daily life.
Rural Areas Lacking Mental Healthcare, Suicide Prevention
Accessing mental healthcare can be challenging. You need a provider who offers the specific care you need, who clicks with you on a personal level, and fits with your finances. Even if you live in a city with lots of choices, the task of finding the right care can seem overwhelming. If you live in a rural area where choices are few and far between, it can feel impossible. But you can find access to mental healthcare in rural areas.
Addiction and Mental Health by the Numbers
If there has been one benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the increased awareness given to mental health and addiction issues in the United States and around the world. In fact, a survey by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in 2022 found that 9 in 10 Americans believe there is a mental health crisis in the US. Unfortunately, this increased awareness has only come as the pandemic exacerbated an already ongoing and worsening mental health crisis in our country.
Xylazine (aka Tranq Dope): What You Need to Know
What is xylazine? It’s a new drug being mixed with fentanyl that has very dangerous side effects. It’s often called “tranq dope” or “zombie drug” because it’s a non-opioid sedative. Because it’s not a narcotic, its effects can’t be reversed with a dose of naloxone (Narcan), meaning that overdoses can easily end up being fatal. Beyond that, it causes the death of soft tissue, leading to gruesome, blackened wounds that can warrant amputation.
PHP or IOP—What’s the Difference?
Addiction treatment and recovery involve a lot of terms, definitions, and acronyms that are not always intuitive at first. But knowing these terms is important to getting the right care. Learning the difference between IOP versus PHP, versus inpatient care, can help you or a loved one start your recovery journey now and keep it going long into the future.
How Much News Is Too Much?
The last two decades have seen explosive growth of broadcast and digital media platforms, making the news infinitely more accessible. According to TIME, one in 10 adults checks the news every hour, and 20% of Americans report “constantly” monitoring their social media accounts, which can also serve as sources of news information. Is it possible that constant exposure to information about wars, riots, shootings, natural disasters, catastrophes, and other devastating world events can take a toll on us mentally? Is the daily barrage of negative news healthy for our overall well-being? And, if not, exactly how much news is too much?
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