News media giant Mic.com recently featured our very own Medical Director of Serenity at Summit, Dr. William D. Stanley. The article shares shocking statistics on the epidemic of heroin use, sheds a light on heroin and prescription opioid abuse, and the promising fight against it.
Key Points from the ‘fight on Heroin Abuse’ Article
- President Obama proposes over $1 billion to fight heroin and prescription abuse in America.
- Heroin use has seen a massive increase recently, jumping from 373,000 in 2007 to 669,000 in 2012.
- Deaths related to heroin have tragically increased 4x between 2012 and 2013.
- Heroin use among young adults, ages 18 – 25 has jumped more than 2x within the last 10 years.
- The spike is linked to the country-wide epidemic of prescription opioid painkillers.
- 45% of those who use heroin are addicted to prescription opioids as well.
- All areas and populations across the country are being affected by this epidemic.
Dr. Stanley’s Insight on Heroin Abuse and Addiction
This is where the expertise of Dr. Stanley comes in. In the article, he shares insight on what heroin is doing to us. He states, “When heroin is taken into the body – either by inhalation, nasal or intravenously – it ultimately will enter the blood circulation and make its way to the brain, where the drug is converted to morphine.”
He also explains how heroin binds to brain receptors and increases dopamine production, giving users a “euphoric” sensation, thus why opioid-related drugs are so extremely addictive.
We at Serenity at Summit are committed to spreading the word of the dangers of heroin and prescription opioid abuse as well as the hope for recovery.
And ultimately with President Obama’s pledge and commitment, continued education and by sharing this and other important addiction-related articles, Summit Behavioral Health hopes to increase awareness, provide top-notch addiction treatment and ultimately save lives.
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How To Grow Spiritually, Holistically: Summit’s Lydia Lipsy Writes For U.S. News & World Report
Serenity at Summit’s own Lydia Lipsy, MSW, LSW, Clinician at our Florham Park, NJ location, shares her voice and insight as a guest author on a byline article featured on U.S. News & World Report, titled, How to Nurture Your Spiritual Self.
As spring is among us, the focus on peace and spirituality is in full bloom. Now is the time to slow down and focus not on staying busy, but on healing and health. This starts with nurturing and growing spiritually.
Lydia Lipsy Offers Simple Ways To Grow Spiritually
In the article, Lydia provides tangible ways to both nurture and grow your spirit, connect with yourself on a deeper level and achieve mindfulness in the modern and fast-paced world. Her valuable suggestions include:
Taking the Time to Rest – We’ve all heard the religious saying, “Sunday, the day of rest”. But have you ever actually ever truly thought about it, or taken head to it? Lydia shares that having a real day of rest, which does not include work (professional or house), running around making errands, etc. but real, serene rest, can truly help to reset your internal spiritual and mental being.
Practice Holistic Therapies – Spiritual and calming techniques such as mindful meditation can help decrease stress, improve quality of sleep, strengthen the immune system and much more. Lydia also touches on the fact that the holistic methodology is gaining ground in the addiction treatment world.
Find Reasons to Be Grateful – Starting each morning with a grateful heart and spirit can positively influence the rest of your day. Reminding yourself of what you have and what you’re grateful for, Lydia states, “Is a simple way to open up your spirit to good”.
To read the remaining ways to nurture your spirit and an expansion on those above, click on the button below.
Addiction Treatment With a Holistic Approach
Within Serenity at Summit’s addiction treatment model, we focus on both a clinical and holistic approach to recovery. Our holistic therapies include 12 step, mindful meditation, yoga, acupuncture, massage and much more.
Call Serenity now to discover how you or a loved one can incorporate holistic therapies into a personalized treatment plan today!
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