How Do Interventions Work?

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Feeling helpless while your loved one struggles with addiction can be frightening and heartbreaking. When your attempts to sway your addicted loved one to seek help have failed, an intervention may be the answer. A carefully planned intervention can motivate your loved one to agree to treatment for substance abuse, compulsive eating, compulsive gambling, prescription […]

How Overdose Increases During COVID-19 Are Impacting Local Emergency Rooms

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Although emergency room (ER) visits have declined by about 40 percent since the start of the pandemic, visits related to overdose, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health and addiction-related challenges have increased. Tragically, many ER staff do not have the training or the tools necessary to help those with addiction and other mental health problems. […]

Treatment vs. Incarceration

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We know that addiction is a disease, so does it make sense to put people with a disease in jail and expect them to get better? Although prison sentences may be appropriate for those trafficking in the sale of illegal drugs, countless studies agree that jail time does not deter drug or alcohol use and […]

The Latest on the Decriminalization of Drugs

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While many U.S. citizens expressed outrage at talk of decriminalizing all drugs just a few years ago, over half the population now favors such a proposal. Most states have already legalized medical marijuana, and 15 states have legalized possession and use of limited amounts of recreational marijuana. Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Florida. Possession […]

Turning Point of Tampa earns ASAM Level 3.5 Certification

CARF International and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) announced in June 2020 the ASAM Level of Care Certification nationwide. This certification addresses the addiction crisis by establishing processes for validation of treatment program capabilities, building industry transparency and increasing patient confidence in treatment services. Increasing patient access to evidence-based addiction treatment is critical […]