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Has Substance Abuse Become An Occupational Hazard for Nurses?

Delray Beach, Florida (PRWEB) July 18, 2014

Nurse Jackie is a highly popular, dark, satirical comedy-drama about a nurse with a drug problem airing on Showtime. She is described as “juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life,” noting that the character has “an occasional weakness for Vicodin, Adderall, Percocet, Xanax, and OxyContin to get her through the days.” While viewers may find humor in the series, they won’t be chuckling if the nurse treating them turned out to be a “Nurse Jackie.” And the chances are growing that she could be.

Addiction to prescription drugs is a very real, sobering issue for many nurses who continue to care for the ill while hiding their addictions. But most states, including Florida, see the value in helping to rehabilitate nurses, not toss them from a profession that is in dire need of their services. And one program in Delray Beach, FL, Wayside House, is helping some of these nurses get sober and return to nursing.

The American Nurses Association estimates that approximately 10 percent of nurses are dependent on drugs or alcohol or both, making the incidence of drug abuse and addiction among nurses consistent with that of the U.S. population. But, with nurses, the implications of the drug abuse have enormous implications beyond themselves – to patients, medical facilities and their profession in general. With nearly three million RNs employed in the U.S., that means almost 300,000 RNs may be substance abusers; put another way, if you work with 10 nurses, one of them is likely to be struggling with addiction.

Addicted individuals feel tremendous shame and guilt, and fear of losing their reputations, jobs, family, and friends, say the experts. Drug addiction is even more devastating for healthcare practitioners: It is a breach of professional ethics, places patients at risk, and can affect the reputations of the facilities where they work. Nurses can be particularly hard on themselves and colleagues who may be addicted.

Their impairment also affects co-workers who often feel frustrated and helpless. Staff morale may deteriorate while the chemically impaired nurse becomes more impaired. As chemical dependency progresses, the potential for compromising patient care increases. Cognitive functioning, decision-making, reaction time, judgment and the ability to handle stress are increasingly affected.

But, within the profession, more is being done to rehabilitate nurses than to punish them. In many states, through close monitoring and participation in therapeutic programs, many nurses return to their jobs without tarnishing their reputations or their work records. While it’s obvious that nurses have ready access to prescription drugs, other factors also lead to misuse – working a night shift or rotating shifts; critical care work, excessive overtime, injuries and pain, and knowledge of medications.

Most nurses who are taking prescription drugs divert them through their jobs – taking them from hospitals, doctors’ offices and even from patients. The many signs of drug diversion by a nurse in the workplace include:

Arriving early, staying late, and coming to work on scheduled days off.
Excessive wasting of drugs.
Regularly signing out large quantities of controlled drugs.
Volunteering often to give medication to other nurses’ patients.
Taking frequent bathroom breaks.
Patients reporting unrelieved pain despite adequate prescription of pain medication.
Discrepancies in the documentation of controlled substance administration.
Medications being signed out for patients who have been discharged or transferred or who are off the unit for procedures or tests.
Lydia (not her real name) is one such nurse. She was an emergency room nurse in Florida until she was caught diverting drugs in 2006. “I had moved out of state and hoped to move my children soon afterward. When that didn’t happen, I became very depressed, but didn’t seek out any help for that. I moved back to Florida, but my depression escalated and that’s when I began using. I worked in the emergency department – drugs were at my disposal despite the computerized system; I got them not only from the hospital, but from patients as well,“ she said. She called hospitals “breeding grounds for addiction” but admitted, “We make the choice to cross that line. I chose to handle my depression that way knowing full well I’d get caught.” She said she saw a great number of nurses – and doctors – with addictions. “It’s not a matter of if, but when you get caught,” she said.

One thing led to another and her secret was exposed. She was reported to a nursing supervisor who confirmed it with a urine test and she was fired. She was lucky, however, because Florida is one of several states with specialized programs to help nurses avoid disciplinary action and return to their profession. In Florida, when nurses are found diverting drugs or report themselves as many do, they can contract to complete a five-year stint in the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) at a location designated to offer the services. The addicted nurses must attend a weekly therapeutic session, check in regularly, and submit to random drug screenings.

IPN was established in 1983 through legislative action to ensure public health and safety through a program that provides close monitoring of nurses who are unsafe to practice due to impairment as a result of misuse or abuse of alcohol or drugs, or both, or due to a mental or physical condition which could affect the licensee’s ability to practice with skill and safety.

Myrtle Green, director of operations for Florida’s IPN program, said some 1,600 Florida nurses are currently in the program. Referrals, she said, come from employers, through the Board of Nursing or through self-reporting. The majority of reports come from employers, she said. While prescription medications are the drugs of choice for many nurses, some drug issues often found during random urine testing involve marijuana or other street drugs, she said.

According to Ms. Greene, while nurses can be required to be in the IPN program for up to five years, the standard contract is based on the nurse’s diagnosis – the depth of the addiction, mental health issues, etc. In addition to attending group IPN sessions, nurses may be required to submit to random drug screens, attend a 12-step program, or therapy, or a nurse support group in their area. And, while some employers will hold jobs while an addicted employee is in treatment, many lose their jobs. When they return to nursing, they are restricted from access to narcotics for at least a year.

“We are an alternative program; nurses can get the help they need and return to their careers, if they follow through, said Ms. Greene. Sanctions are much stiffer if the nurse is reported to the Department of Health, rather than to IPN. If reported to the health department, a probable cause hearing is held and nurses can lose their licenses permanently or have them suspended.

Danielle Hecker, MSW, a therapist at Wayside House, an addiction recovery center for women in Delray Beach, FL, leads the IPN program there. Wayside House is one of many addiction centers designated to provide IPN services. She said the weekly sessions are individualized to meet the needs of each nurse, depending on the severity of the addiction and other issues that surface that led to the addiction. When nurses enter IPN, they may be required to refrain from nursing practice during the evaluation phase. Nurses are encouraged to focus on themselves and then they can begin rebuilding their careers – first doing case management or other non-patient work. The nurse may return to nursing practice with approval from treatment providers and IPN group facilitators. Then later they are encouraged to return to working with patients, said Ms. Hecker.

She said she currently sees nine nurses with addictions in the IPN program – some have been there a month, others three and four years. Ms. Hecker continues to see the nurses weekly for up to five years. She said IPN is a huge and much-needed program nationally and, that while a variety of local agencies are designated to provide it, “women like to come here because it’s only women. I think that’s crucial – many face grief and loss, violence and trauma specific to women. Many have become friends through this program; that’s so important and that’s what this program is all about.” she said.

The IPN program is not a replacement for Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and the nurses attend those as well. Most live independently, some in halfway houses for a while.

Why is addiction such a problem within the nursing field? “Drugs and alcohol are everywhere and nurses have such easy access to narcotics in medical settings. We have to have a way to help our nurses and IPN is a wonderful program. The whole system is a great way to get them back into the system, advocating for themselves, and recognizing their importance,” Ms. Hecker said.

Has Ms. Hecker seen successes? Many, she said, referring to one client who came in very depressed and angry. Ms. Hecker referred her to another therapist at Wayside House who saw that the woman was actually clinically depressed and used anger “to cope with the world.” “She participated in the IPN group, came back for weekly therapy sessions, got through her trauma, saw the on-staff psychiatrist for weekly medication management to cope with her depression, reunited with her family out of state, got a job, and is completing her IPN group up north. “What a transformation,” Ms. Hecker said.

As for Lydia, who is in the Wayside House IPN program, she said she has been sober since 2008. However, she went on to admit that she failed a drug test in 2012. After that, “I was given the choice of relinquishing my nursing license or starting another five-year contract with IPN. I decided to relinquish my license.” She does, however, continue to attend the IPN program at Wayside House. “If I want to get my license back, it will be seen in my favor to be in the IPN program,” she explained.

“I’m just glad Florida has an IPN – many states don’t. Not everyone gets a second chance. The people in this line of work understand drug addiction is a disease. It’s great to be in a program like this with other nurses.”

She said she’s pleased that she entered the IPN at Wayside House. “It saved my life.”

Wayside House is an addiction recovery program for women, by women in Delray Beach, FL.

For more information about the IPN program, call 561.666.9157 or see our website at http://www.waysidehouse.net


Hollywood’s Mimi Lesseos Discusses Substance Abuse and Treatment With Choices Recovery

Hollywood, California (PRWEB) April 14, 2015

On February 21, 2015, a special event was hosted that transformed the Stardust Penthouse on the rooftop of the luxurious Beverly Hilton Hotel into Durkin Entertainment’s EcoLuxe Lounge.

Sponsored by Choices Recovery and organized by Debbie Durkin, the Ecoluxe Lounge and the following “Salute to the Oscars” celebration were hosted by AMP Radio’s Chris Booker, Reality TV star Gretchen Christine Rossi and Choices Recovery founder Per Wickstrom.

“Being a part of the EcoLuxe Lounge and the ‘Salute to the Oscars’ celebration was a thrill,” Wickstrom commented afterwards. “Working with Debbie Durkin was a pleasure and everyone had a blast. We were grateful for the opportunity to raise awareness of the social problems of addiction and the service that Choices Recovery provides: holistic options in the treatment of substance abuse.”

Lesseos’s Involvement in Drug Prevention

The EcoLuxe Lounge was visited by many of today’s Hollywood entertainment professionals, including actress and stuntwoman Mimi Lesseos, who took a few moments to join Per Wickstrom and Chris Booker near the stage that was set by Choices and Durkin Entertainment and talked a bit about her personal views on substance abuse and how it has directly affected her life. “I’m sad to say my brother died from heroin four years ago at 50 years old,” she shares. “It’s really important for not just celebrities but for anybody in general (who needs help with addiction) to go through recovery.”

Other notable attendees of the EcoLuxe Lounge included Elise Robertson (Oscar Nominee – American Sniper: Best Picture), Jason Canovas (Oscar Nominee – The Hobbit: Sound Editing), Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Oscar Nominee – Guardians of the Galaxy: Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling), Ben Wilkins (Oscar Winner – Whiplash: Best Sound Mixing), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Claudia Wells (Back To The Future), Jason Davis (Celebrity Rehab), Frank Stallone (Rocky), Chase Masterson (General Hospital, ER), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood, That 70’s Show) and many, many others.

Drug Rehab Baltimore Launches New Drug and Alcohol Addiction Website to Help Victims of Substance Use Disorders

Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) April 14, 2015

One of the drug and alcohol treatment centers in Baltimore is taking the initiative to provide victims of substance use disorders with the tools to help encourage themselves to enroll into immediate drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, designed specifically to address their unique circumstances of addiction. Drug Rehab Baltimore has launched http://www.drugrehabbaltimore.net/ with the intent to guide victims with untreated substance use disorders to the proper treatment facility before they become victims of accidental overdose.

“We’re trying to give people the initial tools they need to take control of addiction. Many believe addiction is caused by a lack of character, or moral failing- that’s the stigma preventing people from getting the help they need. And it’s not true.” A medical associate from the drug and alcohol rehab center said, “Our website is designed to help victims of addiction, or family members of someone with an addiction, to identify the signs of the disease and get the help they need to overcome the disease before the unspeakable happens.”

Drug Rehab Baltimore helps patients across Maryland recover from the debilitating disease of addiction, and provides patients with the recovery tools they need to stave off relapse. During treatment, patients work extensively with their addiction therapists to develop strategies to identify addictive behaviors, and discover the underlying roots of addiction. Drug Rehab Baltimore employs cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and group therapy to help patients work through the multiple stages and intricacies of addiction.

Exhausting every available resource available, the addiction specialists help patients address each known avenue which could cause a devastating relapse during, or after drug and alcohol rehab. Drug Rehab Baltimore puts an emphasis on family therapy to help patients mend the bonds which may have been damaged during the course of addiction, and establish healthy, functioning relationships between patients and their loved ones, so they always have the family support they need to overcome the mental and physical disease of addiction.

Drug Rehab Baltimore provides the peak of drug and alcohol rehabilitation services within the safety of their 24 hour medically monitored, and secured treatment facility in Baltimore. The addiction treatment center implores residents from the entire state to take advantage of their 100% tuition financing options; the center accepts most major insurances, and offers flexible treatment plans for those paying out of pocket. Patients can expect a full spectrum of treatment beginning with inpatient medical detox, inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

For more information about the drug and alcohol rehab facility, Drug Rehab Baltimore, visit http://drugrehabbaltimore.net/ or call (410)709-3816 today!

Narcan Revives Victims of Potentially Fatal Overdose, but Cannot Curb Addictive Behaviors; Harbor Village Detox Introduces Incentive Program for Substance Use Disorders

USA (PRWEB) April 13, 2015

The addiction treatment industry is holding Naloxone and Narcan in high regard, based upon its recent performance to resuscitate victims of opiate overdoses. Narcan is a drug which temporarily reverses the deadly effect of fatal overdoses. Addiction professionals are hopeful Narcan will give drug addicts a new perspective on life after revival- but most addiction specialists assert Narcan alone will be unable to reverse the physical and mental effects of addiction. “Narcan is a sign addiction treatment is necessary, but it is not addiction treatment itself,” states a medical associate of Harbor Village Detox. Harbor Village Detox, an inpatient medical detox center, is introducing incentive based programs for victims of drug overdoses.

Cohasset reported on April 2nd victims resuscitated by Narcan are largely unchanged once they’ve been revived. Further commenting on the crutch of Narcan, Cohasset states, “Fighting addiction with [Narcan] isn’t an answer to the problem, medical professionals agree. It’s a Band Aid.”

Harbor Village Detox, a national inpatient medical detox center, asserts victims of substance use disorders are capable of fully recovering from addiction with highly specialized treatment. The instrumental directors pioneering the Southern Florida addiction treatment industry, are introducing life incentive programs for recovering victims of drug overdoses. The facility asserts it is not enough to be saved from a fatal overdose, nor undergo the entirety of drug and alcohol treatment without a clear bearing of life after addiction- or Narcan. A medical associate states, “Narcan is saving lives- and that’s what we’re supposed to do- but this drug is not the end-all solution to addiction treatment. Although we can save lives from overdose, victims with untreated substance use disorders must go to addiction treatment if they want the disease of addiction to be redressed. In terms of treating addiction, Narcan does nothing but give victims another shot at life- and hopefully a wake-up call.”

The drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility encourages victims of overdose to enroll in their specialized inpatient medical detox program to safeguard their lives after treatment. The facility provides expert life coaching services in their incentive program, helping recovering patients to construct goals for the future to solidify their treatment therapy. Incentives include job placement, housing programs in sober living communities, educational scholarships, career training programs, and life coaching.

Harbor Village Detox is dedicated to providing the pinnacle of drug and alcohol treatment services on a national level. What started as a local detox facility has expanded to encompass the full spectrum of addiction treatment nationwide. Patients are guaranteed 24/7 continual medical and psychiatric health care in a close knit family environment. Recovering victims benefit from group and intensive therapy- which is not typically offered from other detox facilities.

For more information about the inpatient medical detox facility, Harbor VIllage Detox, visit http://harborvillageflorida.com/ or call Harbor Village Detox directly 1-855-290-4261.

Harbor Village Detox Releases Success Stories of Detoxed Substance Use Disorder Patients

USA (PRWEB) April 09, 2015

The inpatient medical detox treatment center, Harbor Village Detox, is located in sunny South Florida, and specializes in successfully and safely medically detoxing victims of drug and alcohol abuse. The treatment center, initially erected to redress addiction rates for the local population of Miami Gardens, has now grown large enough to welcome victims of untreated drug addiction from all corners of the nation. Harbor Village Detox has successfully detoxed over 2,500 patients within the short time their facility has been fully operational; the drug and alcohol addiction treatment center plans to make future expansions and additions to their facility. Their YouTube channel accounts for over a dozen successful drug detox stories, and was most recently updated on March 6th.

Since their opening the staff of Harbor Village Detox has employed an espousal of holistic healing and expert medical care to provide the best combination treatment for their patients, and it seems to be working. Virtually all patients who choose Harbor Village Detox as their induction into drug and alcohol addiction treatment continue onto drug and alcohol rehabilitation right away. An associate reveals providing patients with “life coaching services” is part of their routine when preparing patients for discharge,

“Providing newly detoxified patients with the resources to continue moving forward is critical. You can’t expect someone with a previously untreated addiction to understand and know how to live their lives, what we consider to be, ‘normally.’ They need a lot of help and guidance for the steps beyond medical detox, and I’m not sure a lot of other treatment centers we’ve dealt with in the past understand this.”

The inpatient medical detox center, Harbor Village Detox, is currently accepting victims with untreated drug and alcohol addictions for inpatient medical detox treatment. The facility believes establishing a solid foundation for continuing treatment is one of the best ways for patients to prevent relapse, and continue inpatient rehabilitation immediately- which is why they offer intensive cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy during drug and alcohol detox (which is typically unheard of).

Harbor Village Detox provides patients with 24/7 medical monitoring, and continual security, without the feeling of being stuck in a hospital setting. Patients are given full access to a lush, tropical outdoor area furnished with scenic luxuries and opulent gazebos. Harbor Village Detox believes stimulation is often the best medicine, and provides patients with a medley of participatory events, and curative yoga and meditation sessions.

To learn more about about Harbor Village Detox’s inpatient medical detox center visit http://www.harborvillageflorida.com or call directly at 1-855-290-4261.


Karen Salkin and Choices Recovery Talk About Avoiding Substance Abuse in the Hollywood Scene

(PRWEB) April 09, 2015

On February 21st, 2015, in the Stardust Penthouse on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Choices Recovery sponsored the EcoLuxe Lounge and the “Salute to the Oscars”. These events were organized by Debbie Durkin of Durkin Entertainment, the leading producer of sustainable product placement in TV and film. The EcoLuxe Lounge is a gathering of many of the world’s top providers of socially conscious and ecologically sound products and services, and Choices Recovery, a leading provider of holistic treatment of addiction, fit in well with the other product developers and service providers featured there.

“We were thrilled to be a part of the EcoLuxe Lounge and the ‘Salute to the Oscars’ party,” said Choices Recovery founder and CEO Per Wickstrom. “It was a ton of fun, and we were honored to have a chance to get new ideas and fresh perspectives on the problems of addiction that we face today. We were grateful to have the opportunity to share more about what we strive for at Choices Recovery, which is offering holistic options for the treatment of addiction.”

About Karen Salkin

Per Wickstrom had the opportunity to speak with many of the contributors to the entertainment industry that were there to enjoy the impressive settings overlooking the awe-inspiring Los Angeles skyline and to learn more about the natural, holistic and eco-friendly goods and services showcased at the EcoLuxe Lounge. One of those Hollywood notables was Karen Salkin from the popular E-Zine “ItsNotAboutMe.TV”. With a career history that includes several acting roles, freelance journalism, talk radio personality, restaurant critic and much more, she shared her candid view on substance abuse with Per and AMP Radio’s Chris Booker in an interview on the stage set by Choices Recovery and Durkin Entertainment, of which a video was recently released. “I was a club promoter a few years ago, great DJs, great people,” she says, “but the end of the night was so disgusting to me, because everyone was drunk. I’m telling you, it’s just no good.”

Other notable attendees at the EcoLuxe Lounge included Elise Robertson (Oscar Nominee American Sniper Best Picture), Jason Canovas (Oscar Nominee The Hobbit: Sound Editing), Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Oscar Nominee Guardians of the Galaxy: Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling), Lisa Bruce (Oscar Nominee The Theory of Everything: Best Picture), Ben Wilkins (Oscar Winner Whiplash: Best Sound Mixing), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Claudia Wells (Back To The Future), Jason Davis (Celebrity Rehab), Frank Stallone (Rocky), Chase Masterson (General Hospital, ER) and many, many others.

See the full interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovg080O7LXQ


Another New Face of Addiction: HIV Outbreak in Indiana Highlights Changing Tide of Substance Abuse

New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) April 02, 2015

Since December, more than 80 people in Scott County, Indiana, have tested positive for HIV, with most cases occurring over the past few weeks. This has lead Gov. Mike Pence to declare the outbreak a public health emergency. (1) Kent Runyon, Executive Director of Florida drug rehab facility Novus Medical Detox Center, was contacted by Healthline—which broke the story last Saturday—to comment on the epidemic, and discussed how the outbreak could be due to lack of education about how HIV is transmitted.

The Scott County HIV epidemic is the worst outbreak in Indiana’s history. Before the recent outbreak, HIV was a rare occurrence in Scott County. Statewide, the rate of new HIV transmissions in Indiana had actually been declining over the past 10 years. The statistic dropped from 463 reported new HIV cases in 2002, to 205 reported new HIV cases in 2012. (2) Nationally, rates of HIV diagnosis have also been declining in recent years. While the sudden spike in HIV cases is alarming, it highlights the problem even further when taken into account that HIV is largely an urban problem. In 2013, only an approximate 6% of new diagnoses were in counties with fewer than 50,000 people. (3)

The outbreak has been linked to the intravenous use of the prescription drug Opana, an opioid painkiller. Law enforcement officials state that the rise in Opana abuse started in 2010 after OxyContin was changed to make the drug more difficult to snort or inject for a heroin-like high. Opana is more potent, per milligram, than OxyContin, making it easier to overdose on. According to the Centers for Disease Control, prescription drug abuse has become “the scourge of rural America,” leading to more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. Rural residents are nearly twice as likely to overdose on pills as people in big cities. (4)

“[Victims of the HIV outbreak] obviously knew each other, thought they trusted each other, and had this incredible comfortable level that needle sharers share,” Runyon is quoted as saying in Healthline. “This really speaks again to the desperation of those suffering from addiction.” (5)

Novus has been on the forefront in warning the media of lack of drug education. In 2014, Novus broke the news of a new face of addiction to CNBC—white-collar professionals and soccer moms becoming addicted to opioids unwittingly, and becoming the majority of patients in their center. (6) Education was badly needed then; Runyon stated, “people need to know the deadly chain of events that occur from being prescribed schedule II narcotics and the ripple effects it has in [our] society. Now there is a new face of addiction.”

The city of Austin is the epicenter of the outbreak, with most of the cases occurring among the city’s population of 4,200. (3) Scott County is one of the poorest regions of Indiana, with the 2010 census reporting a median household income of $ 39,588. (4) Furthermore, the county is relatively uneducated, with only 11.8% of the population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. (7)

Because of this public health emergency, Scott County has instituted a short-term needle exchange program so that drug users can use clean needles. However, Gov. Pence has spoken out against the needle exchange program, saying, “I don’t believe effective anti-drug policy involves handing out drug paraphernalia.” He has also stated that he will veto a broad-based needle exchange program bill if sent to him by the legislature, despite endorsement of the program by the CDC. (8) But according to Novus, needle exchange programs are a critical piece of drug education, because they connect professionals with at risk individuals and present the opportunity to provide them with resources for not only avoiding health risks, but also for detox and recovery options.

While the outbreak is currently concentrated among drug addicts, there is a risk of the virus spreading to the general population, as well. According to Dr. William Cooke, the transmission rate has been about 80%, meaning that 8 in 10 users who have admitted to sharing needles with someone who has the virus have tested positive for HIV. (3)

Per Runyon, Scott County residents are missing key substance abuse education, and many likely don’t understand the risks of sharing needles, as the county currently lacks accessible outlets or resources for drug addicts. Runyon encourages better education and resources on drug addiction, and encourages those who are addicted to seek help.

“The risk of HIV infection from contaminated needles has become a very real danger in Indiana,” says Runyon. “The more we can inform people about the risks associated with drug use, the more lives we can ultimately save.”

About Novus Medical Detox Center:

Novus Medical Detox Center is a Joint Commission Accredited inpatient medical detox facility that offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is also licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families and is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient. By incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment, Novus tailors the detox process for each patient, putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, cable television and high-speed Internet access. Novus’ expansion is tied to their contribution to their industry and their local community, ranking number 48 on the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2014 Fast 50 Awards list of the fastest-growing companies in Tampa Bay, and number 2,936 on the 2014 Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America. For more information, visit http://www.novusdetox.com.

1.    “Indiana Races to Fight H.I.V. Surge Tied to Drug Abuse.” nytimes.com/2015/03/31/us/small-indiana-city-races-to-curb-hivs-spread.html?_r=0.

2.    “How an HIV Outbreak Hit Rural Indiana—and Why We Should Be Paying Attention.” washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/30/how-an-hiv-outbreak-hit-rural-indiana-and-why-we-should-be-paying-attention/.

3.    “Indiana Races to Fight H.I.V. Surge Tied to Drug Abuse.” nytimes.com/2015/03/31/us/small-indiana-city-races-to-curb-hivs-spread.html?_r=0.

4.    “Painkiller Opana, New Scourge of Rural America.” reuters.com/article/2012/03/27/us-drugs-abuse-opana-idUSBRE82Q04120120327.

5.    “As HIV Devastates Rural Indiana, Experts Ask: How Could This Happen?” healthline.com/health-news/hiv-devastates-rural-indiana-experts-ask-how-could-this-happen-032515#5.

6.    “Deadly Epidemic: Prescription Drug Overdoses.” cnbc.com/id/100904206.

7.    “State & County QuickFacts—Scott County.” United States Census Bureau. quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/18/18143.html.

8.    “Scott County, Health Department Working on Needle Exchange Program.” indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/25/gov-pence-visit-indiana-county-hiv-outbreak/70427432/.


Bergen County Organizations Team Up to Offer Optimal Mental Health and Substance Use Services

(PRWEB) March 20, 2015

On March 11, 2015 Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus”) and Turning Point, Inc. officially launched their Partnership in Recovery with a symbolic “Ribbon Tying” event at the CarePlus Headquarters in Paramus. The Partnership consists of a compilation of “Turning Point at CarePlus” programs created to serve adolescents and adults who are experiencing issues with both substance use and their mental health.

Often times those with co-occurring substance use and mental health issues get lost between the cracks because they don’t know how to access appropriate care. With the new partnership, there is no wrong door. Those in need of services are encouraged to call CarePlus admissions (201-986-5000), however they can contact either organization and will be directed to the appropriate care.

“We found that we were stretched,” Joe Masciandaro, CEO of CarePlus, explained at the start of the event. “When people have a problem, they may not necessarily go through the right door.”

With Turning Point’s specialty in substance use treatment and recovery, CarePlus will be able to offer more comprehensive services to existing clients. Likewise, Turning Point is able to offer new services for adolescents because of the expertise CarePlus has in working with families and children.

“There is a synergistic effect when two people work together to bring the best of what they are,” commented Pat White, Vice President of Clinical Services at Turning Point, “with the establishment of this partnership, lives can be saved.”

White went on to highlight a few historical partnerships that forever altered the sense of what is possible, including Louis and Clark’s expedition, as well as the flight of the Wright Brothers.

“At a time when addiction and mental health agencies were competing for new grants and funding opportunities, Turning Point and CarePlus were cultivating this collaboration that enables each program to continue to deliver the highest quality of services to the most complex clients within its area of expertise,” said Chris Barton, Acting CEO of Turning Point. “Together we can do more, and do it better, than either of our programs could have done alone.”

By capitalizing on the strengths of each other, both organizations are benefiting. More importantly, it is the individuals and families that they serve that will benefit the most.

“At the age when I started [using substances] I didn’t realize I had a problem,” began a client of Turning Point at CarePlus. “I didn’t know I had an addiction, and I didn’t know that it was a disease.”

In a manifesto of her experience with substance use disorder, she went on to explain how addiction does not discriminate, it can affect anybody regardless of race, social class, religion, or age.

“I want to help other addicts who are suffering,” concluded the client in her statement. She shared that it is a long journey through recovery, and without agencies like CarePlus and Turning Point, she would be lost. Thanks to these services she has learned how to cope and thrive in daily life, and is motivated to help others do the same.

The wide range of new services offered through the partnership includes family therapy, which is critical in an individual’s recovery. By educating the family, the individual has a better chance of creating a strong support system that understands the intensity of the disease.

Guests at the event were given blue and green “awareness ribbons” to wear, representing each of the organizations. In addition, attendees were provided with informational packets consisting of program information and resources that Turning Point at CarePlus provides.

For more information on the new programs being offered visit http://www.careplusnj.org/substance-abuse-programs/.

Care Plus NJ, Inc. (http://www.CarePlusNJ.org ) is a northern New Jersey provider of recovery-focused mental health, primary care, substance abuse, and family services that addresses the unique needs of individuals with a holistic approach to recovery and overall wellness. Operating out of 23 sites – including three outpatient centers located in Paramus, Fair Lawn, and Montclair, ten residential facilities, offices at three local hospitals, and seven community offices – their services are convenient to clients located throughout Northern New Jersey. They also provide educational programs on mental health-related topics to schools, organizations, and community groups; training topics including certified Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention, Bullying Prevention and Crisis Planning and Intervention Strategies for Schools.

For nearly 40 years, Turning Point, Inc. (http://www.TurningPointNJ.org) has provided compassionate treatment in a clinically rich treatment environment. Turning Point offers a full continuum of residential (detox, short-term residential treatment and halfway house for women) and outpatient addiction treatment programs throughout northern New Jersey (Paterson, Verona, Paramus). Over 3,000 men and women struggling with addiction receive treatment in Turning Point programs every year.