National Job Listing – Clinical Outreach Coordinator

Addiction TreatmentDo you have experience in the addiction treatment and clinical outreach worlds? POTENTIAL – Behavioral Health Advisors, a national addiction treatment placement service, is looking for a Clinical Outreach Coordinator located anywhere in the continental United States of America.

With offices in Brooklyn, NY and Fort Lauderdale, FL, POTENTIAL has a national reach. In an effort to continue to grow and to continue to help find treatment for those struggling with addiction in communities throughout the country, our Clinical Outreach Coordinator will utilize his/her connections while also building new ones to spread the word about our behavioral health advisors.

The right candidate will have experience in clinical outreach as well as connections in the worlds of addiction treatment, substance abuse counseling, eating disorder treatment, and intervention services. The right candidate will also be a motivated self starter, able to work on their own with minimal supervision. We are ready to have someone start soon so reach out if you think you’re right for this position now!

Send a resume and cover letter to Eric Paskin at as soon as possible.

The Necessary Assistance of Patient Advocates

For too many people among us addiction is a lonely road to walk down. There can be such a discrepancy between the way people feel and the actual understanding of each of these very unique and very personal illnesses. That unknown element can make those living with addiction feel shut off from so much of society and can make the process of recovery, already a difficult process as it is, more of a challenge.

Luckily there are services and individuals eager to help those in need. Those people are also eager to help the institutions built to help these people better understand their plight. Patient advocates are among the greatest heroes in the struggle to curtail the seemingly endless growth of addiction in our society. Part of that is by understanding the right way to approach addiction treatment. Another major part is in knowing how to help those going through addiction treatment to get the kind of personalized service necessary to a successful recovery.

If you or someone you know is trying to fight through the bureaucracy that can sometimes build up around healthcare in general and addiction treatment in particular, addiction treatment advocacy can help. Our staff can make things a lot easier to manage and make treatment a lot more effective.

Spikes In Heroin Use Necessitate Distribution of Overdose Kits

Dilated_pupil.gkAs local areas throughout the country attempt to address the rampant outbreak of heroin addiction and prescription pill abuse much of the focus has been on opiate rehab. Getting those currently using into treatment programs is the best route to preserving the safety of so many of people. Still, the scourge of heroin and the overdoses that occur from the drug are of particular concern as well.

Some local organizations and activists from coast to coast are placing emphasis on distributing overdose reversal kits around their communities. The kits include Naloxone, a drug used to reverse heroin overdoses generally admitted by EMTs. In some communities there already a shortage of these kits among emergency responders. Maryland recently made moves to have these kids given to law enforcement officials in their communities. The kits are vital at reducing the rise in fatalities that comes along with increased heroin usage but in the end recovery is the only way to save lives for the long term.

Following an overdose there is often a new found resolve to get clean. Our staff can help find the opiate rehab programs that will work. Call us for yourself or someone you love today, (888)519-1570!

Public Acknowledgements of Alcoholism and Alcohol Recovery Programs

Alcoholism Treatment ProgramsIt seems to happen on an almost weekly basis. We, the public, are exposed to a heartfelt confession from some star or former star acknowledging his or her alcoholism. Another public figure discusses losing a family member or loved one to the disease. For some it can seem like tabloid fodder and exploitation but to others it is an acknowledgment that they are not alone. Getting people into alcoholism treatment programs is difficult work, often because people fear the stigma attached to such efforts. The more out in the open we can be about these issues the better chance people have of addressing these issues.

So when I see articles like Representative Paul Ryan opening up about losing his alcoholic father or child actor Alison Porter(best known for the 1991 movie Curly Sue), I think that if it allows even a handful of people to address their demons it is a good thing. These days finding an alcohol recovery program is easy but folks need to first understand that they have a problem. Even the most functional of alcoholics could benefit from facing the issue head on. As they hear of successful people coping with the disease and its fallout it becomes a lot easier to see what they may be. That understanding can start the long march towards healing.

Virginia Takes Steps to Better Manage Opiates

Opiate RehabBetween 2011 and 2013 fatal heroin overdoses increased 163 percent in Northern Virginia. It was just one particularly frightening example of rapidly expanding heroin use throughout the country. With that disheartening statistic it is no wonder that politicians in Virginia would be looking for ways to address the newly resurgent scourge. At a Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police conference this week Virginia’s Attorney General Mark R. Herring was making a variety of proposed new laws and strategies.

One of the most popular proposals was a “Good Samaritan” law that would protect those who report an overdose from being prosecuted for drug use at the scene. There were also laws proposed to make it easier to put dealers behind bars when their product is ruled the cause of death in an overdose. Herring’s proposals went even deeper, adding warnings about prescription drugs and heroin to school drug education programs and reprioritizing local law enforcement to go after doctors over-prescribing painkillers.

An area some saw the current plan as lacking is effectively advocating for opiate rehab and getting treatment to addicts ready to address their issues. That said, smarter handling of these legal issues is always welcome and much of what seems likely to be implemented seems likely to help. Addiction treatment is available from a variety of sources and we can help those looking for help make sense of what might work for them.

The increase in opiate abuse nationally stems from the wider than ever availability of opiate prescription pain medication. The pills get users hooked and when they become prohibitively expensive users often turn to inexpensive heroin flooding the streets of communities nationwide.

Differing Views Remain with Regard to Forced Addiction Treatment

New York Addiction TreatmentLaws around drug addiction have been changing around the country as attitudes around addiction evolve. With opiate addiction on the rise and prescription pills leading many towards the dark path of full blown heroin addiction local governments around the country are beginning to take an active role in addressing this scourge. Part of that is funding and promoting opiate rehab programs but there are also more proactive measures being considered. Of course as with so many hot button political issues these changes are often greeted with controversy and healthy debate.

One such measure is the 1993 Marchman Act. Passed in Florida during in the midst of a resurgent heroin culture and at the tail end of the 1980’s(which some refer to as the “Crack Era”)  the law allows concerned parties to have people who demonstrate a lack of control regarding substance abuse picked up by authorities. Once in custody the person can be held for several days of assessment and detox. After that point a judge can force the person into addiction treatment programs for as long as 60 days.

In, for example, New York addiction treatment can only be forced on someone when they have been arrested for committing a crime and put through a trial. The Florida law remains controversial and some argue that these kinds of aggressive intervention services are not as effective. It does suggest that there is more that can be done.

A New Article Again Highlights the Language of Addiction and Addiction Treatment

Addiction TreatmentA few weeks back we talked about how language can be particularly stigmatizing to people attempting to address issues of addiction of any kind. Now a new editorial in the journal Substance Abuse is discussing those same concerns that we shared. The article by Lauren M. Broyles suggests that phrases such as “addicts” and “junkies” can actually do a lot of harm to people trying to get help for their behavioral health issues.

The article suggests that when words like those mentioned above are used it can undermine people’s recovery. The concern is that these words lay the blame for a person’s behavior wholly at the feet of the person struggling with addiction. Other words discussed in the article are commonly used euphemisms like “clean” or “dirty” when discussing drug testing.

While the article does not suggest eradicating these words from the language of recovery altogether it does strongly caution everyone involved to read signals and understand how their words might be affecting a patient. The important thing to remember is that drug and alcohol addiction are illnesses that should be handled as such. Rather than placing the blame on someone in an alcoholism treatment program or drug rehab, you should be applauding their efforts to get an addiction under control.

What Robin Williams’ Death Says About Addiction Treatment and Depression

Alcoholism Treatment ProgramRobin Williams’ death last week, of an apparent suicide, highlighted several issues near and dear to our hearts as behavioral health advisors. Williams had, through years of endearing himself in the hearts and minds of millions, struggled long and hard with addiction. He went through drug treatment programs, alcoholism treatment programs, and everything that tends to come along with them but in the end it all came up short in one key way. The depression that was at the heart of his addictions was not fully addressed.

While no one can fully guarantee the success of an addiction treatment program we are more equipped than ever to address not just the surface issues but their source. Each year newer more personalized variations on old treatment methods come up. As a culture we are better at dealing with addiction and depression than ever before, yet we still sometimes come up short.

The important takeaway is that there are resources to get you out of addiction and depression. Sometimes making the call is hard but it is always worth it. Had someone been given the chance Robin Williams might still be alive today. Before you do anything drastic give us the chance to help.

Are You a Functional Alcoholic?

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So called “Functional Alcoholics” by most statistical standards make up the majority of alcoholics in the country. These are people you see every day who may never betray on the outer surface the signs of a serious problem drinker. They go to work, have outwardly beautiful home lives, and seem to be living a perfect life. On the inside though the excessive drinking that defines their lives is still taking a toll, on their health, on their quality of life, on their family.

While identifying an a high functioning alcoholic might prove difficult, these addicts frequently excel at creating a double life around their addictions, finding them help is easier than ever. Utilizing intervention services can help family and loved ones strategize their plan for getting a loved one help. There are a wide array of alcoholism treatment programs that are specially made for these so called functional alcoholics. They can help make the scope of an addiction clearer while also offering a route towards recovery.

If you or someone you know might be a functional alcoholic a quick conversation with our staff of behavioral health advisors might be in order. We can help identify if you truly do have a problem and begin to build a plan for treating it.

Behavioral Health Advisors Understanding Addiction

Behavioral Health AdvisorsOne of the lucky breaks of working in substance abuse recovery circa 2014 is our understanding of addiction is deeper than it has ever been. We now understand the nature of addiction more than ever before. We also know how an addiction progresses from experimentation to a full blown problem. It is this understanding that has helped us develop a more effective form of addiction treatment. This understanding has also underscored just how vulnerable everyone is to becoming an addict.

For people of all types, across cultural and class lines, addiction starts as denial. The first time someone takes an addictive substance they tell themselves that they will not succumb to an addiction. From that moment on the person has put themselves at risk of submitting to addictive behaviors while rationalizing them each step of the way.

Once the addiction starts to take hold people set parameters for use, “only on the weekends,” “not while the kids are awake,” “after work.” Those lines blur and soon you have an addiction, though you still might not see it as such.

By understanding the mentality that leads to addiction, and the fact that we are all vulnerable to it, we have found ways to bring those dealing with addiction around to understanding their problems. As a result experts and behavioral health advisors have built better methods for effective recovery.