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NOV
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Don’t Overindulge This Holiday Season—Effects of Alcohol on the Body

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Mulled wine. Spiked egg nog. Hot toddies. Champagne toasts. The list of festive holiday drinks is endless. And so are your opportunities to overdo it. So before the festive season gets into full swing, take a moment to understand what all that alcohol does to your body. After your first alcoholic drink or two (which is moderate drinking, by the way), you start to get that relaxed, sociable feeling. Your heart rate speeds up; you feel animated and may have a happy buzz. But make no mistake; at this point your brain and nerves—which control reflexes and thinking—are already impaired. If you keep drinking, things start to go downhill quickly. Since your hands and feet may not be in sync with your brain and reflexes, your coordination and reaction time may be out of sorts. Lack of mental clarity can also lead to poor judgment and rash decisions. There’s also...
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NOV
09
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Don’t Let the Burden of Loss Drag Our Youth Down

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The past few weeks have been rough for the Wellspring family. One of our staff lost her 36 year old son and at Carteret High School, and more specifically our Pathways program at the school, lost one of their students. This got me thinking about the power of loss to transform us and those around us. Everyone experiences it differently, and though there is no “right” or “wrong” way to grieve, some ways of coping are more productive than others. The thing is, I don’t ever remember learning about how to handle loss until I lost my son 40 years ago. Which made me think about those we care for and educate every day. Our youth. When I look at these most important residents, I sometimes see a lot of pain, and I don’t think they know what to do with it. I worry they don’t have the time to...
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NOV
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Opioid crisis: UB researcher hopes to provide clues on women’s shift to heroin

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A growing number of women in the U.S. are turning to heroin after first taking prescription opioid medication. This places them at greater risk for HIV and hepatitis C, and for spending time in the court system. Scientists, however, have little insight into why this is happening. A University at Buffalo researcher, with colleagues from Columbia University and the University of Rochester, has received funding to provide some clues by working with a unique drug treatment court (DTC) in Buffalo. Sarahmona Przybyla, PhD, an assistant professor of community health and health behavior in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, was awarded $30,000 through the University of Rochester Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) for the 10-month project. Przybyla’s co-principal investigator is Diane Morse, MD, an infectious disease physician at the University of Rochester. The script was flipped between the 1960s and early 2000s, according to federal data from the...
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OCT
31
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Fuel the Recovery of Others—with Acceptance and Accountability

After looking the other way for far too long, people and institutions in the United States are starting to face addiction. Respect for individuals in active addiction and resources to assist them into recovery are gradually becoming the norm. Previous Addiction Medicine Updates have identified two core responsibilities, stated as calls to action, that most individuals in active addiction need to adopt in order to achieve lasting recovery. Keep Your Distance! advocates modifying routines and lifestyles to minimize the risk of resuming substance use. Ask for Help! advocates repairing and creating relationships based on honesty and mutual respect. The latest neuroscience, as well as decades of practical experience, support the relevance of these actions, which I call The Two Pillars of Recovery ®. But what about everyone else? What about all those who live with, care for, and work beside people in active addiction? What actions should family, friends, healthcare...
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OCT
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Wellspring Center for Prevention Is Hiring a Clinician I

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Wellspring Center for Prevention is seeking resumes for a Part time Clinician I. To apply, please send cover letter and resume via email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 732-254-4224. Deadline for submission is Thursday, November 15 at 5pm. Thank you! Position Title: Clinician I- Part time Schedule: 10 months, 20 hours per week Reports To : Program Director/Clinical Supervisor General Summary: The Clinician I delivers primary counseling services , facilitates psycho-educational group sessions; provides information and referral services, and carries out special projects as assigned. This clinician position will be primarily providing services to a middle school population; These services include individual mental health, healthy youth development and group counseling as well as providing supportive services and psychoeducational programming within the school setting. This person will be employed 10 months per year, September through June. Essential Job Functions: Delivers primary short term individual, group, and family counseling services Prepares and...
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SEP
09
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Finding Your Place in Mutual Help Groups

In the United States and elsewhere, addiction treatment programs routinely recommend that patients make use of mutual support groups, also known as “self-help” groups.  Twelve-Step programs, particularly Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and programs modeled after it such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), are recommended most often.  They are widely available and have been central to the recoveries of many individuals with addiction, some having achieved success with 12-Step or other mutual help programs as their sole support. Most often, however, peer assistance by itself is not sufficient.  To stabilize and emerge from active addiction, many individuals require formal addiction treatment programs that feature professional counseling in individual and group settings.  These programs may be brief or long-term and some provide residential separation from common relapse triggers.  Medications may be necessary for detoxification, medical or psychiatric problems, and/or relapse prevention.  Medications often are needed beyond the initial treatment episode, some indefinitely. Formal treatment...
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AUG
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Coalition & Local Communities to Observe International Overdose Awareness Day

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The Middlesex County Coalition for Healthy Communities, in collaboration with Dunellen and South Amboy, will host special Candlelight Vigils and Name Reading Ceremonies in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day on Friday, August 31. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Globally, there is an estimated minimum of 190,900 premature deaths caused by drugs (range: 115,900 to 230,100). Opioids account for the majority of drug-related deaths and in most cases such deaths are avoidable. Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%) involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Overdose deaths increased in all categories of drugs examined for men and women, people ages 15 and older, all races and ethnicities, and across all...
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Creating a Better Home Environment for Seniors with Mobility Issues

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By Hazel Bridges Limited mobility is a challenge many seniors citizens face. You may have even noticed your own parents struggling with small tasks they used to do easily. The worst part for most people is having to start relying on family members more for everyday activities. But they shouldn’t have to give up their independence entirely in their own homes. There are modifications you can make that can help them regain some control of your life. Recognizing Mobility Issues In order to plan necessary modifications, it is obviously important to thoroughly understand which areas they are struggling with. Make a point when visiting to observe how Mom or Dad gets around the house. Input from the doctor and other health care professionals may give you insight on your parents’ abilities and areas of difficulty. Once you know their difficulties, you can create a plan to help them improve their...
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JUL
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Sleep Matters: The Link Between Sleep and Mental Health

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By Hazel Bridges Medical science has shown that every aspect of our mental and physical health is tied closely to sleep. Restful sleep can strengthen major organs and cardiopulmonary functioning, but it is especially related to brain health. The less sleep you get as you age, the faster the brain ages and shows signs of brain-ventricle enlargement , brain shrinkage and compromised cognitive functioning. Studies have shown that people who suffer from sleep problems are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. A lack of sleep can also create long-term problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and depression. Clearly, sleep is key to brain and body health the older you get. Fortunately, there are several sleep strategies that can improve the amount and quality of health you get each night and, in so doing, boost mental health. Stick to a sleep schedule Consistency is a good thing when it...
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JUL
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"Prescribing” Mutual-Help Meetings: A Primer

All physician recommendations to patients are, in a sense, prescriptions. Obvious prescriptions are written or electronic orders for treatments or procedures, including medications, diagnostic tests, and physical therapy. Prior to executing these orders for particular patients, physicians typically weigh the relevance of the medication or procedure to the individual based on factors such as cost, availability, accessibility, and patients’ physical and mental abilities. Prescribers routinely order a medication only if there are no special precautions or contraindications for that patient, and they educate the patient regarding potential adverse effects. Less obvious as prescriptions, but no less deserving of foresight and care, are the recommendations to patients receiving addiction treatment that they attend and gain support from mutual-help meetings, particularly 12-step programs. Providers make these recommendations often, but unfortunately make them without reflecting on their relevance to individuals and without educating patients regarding potential adverse effects. These omissions occur in primary...
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