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The Climb

Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Mar 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Recovery, intervention

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Is drug addiction considered a mental illness? Addiction disturbs the brain, which then challenges an individual's needs and desires replacing them with new priorities like procuring substances to use. 

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, lists criteria for SUDs, as well as distinguishes the differences of severity levels of substance misuse.

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Enabling Behavior: Are You Enabling Your Child?

Feb 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Recovery, Addiction

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If your child is using substances (drugs and alcohol), you may have been told that there are certain things you do for them are “enabling.” This can be hard because all you want to do is help them.

Read on to learn about what enabling is, signs of enabling and how to break the cycle.

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How to Get a Behavioral Health License

Feb 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Treatment Center

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Working to get a behavioral health license from your home state can be an arduous task. Doing this type of work involves a strict adherence to state regulation and code so that you can be granted the license. It is easy to get lost in all of the red tape that goes along with pursuing a behavioral health license.

Ascension has created a universal approach to addressing state requirements, adjusting policies and procedures to meet those requirements and uses good business sense to create a profitable and effective treatment program.

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Addiction Questions We Receive from Caregivers

Jan 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Jon Dower, CIP, PR posted in Addiction

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At Ascension, we get many frequently asked questions from families about their loved ones who
are suffering from substance use disorder. We also see common situations that families find
themselves in.

First and foremost, it is our goal to help the loved one affected by SUD receive treatment, but we know that there can be many steps before we get there like setting boundaries and developing positive family relationships.

Learn more about common situations we see.

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Peer Recovery Coaches: Mentorship in Monitoring

Jan 9, 2019 2:06:35 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in monitoring services

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Once a person suffering from addiction has gone through treatment, he or she may need additional after-care treatment in the form of monitoring services. Monitoring services can help a person in recovery develop positive family relationships, transition into a supportive living environment like a sober living home, foster accountability and more.

At Ascension, we believe mentorship within a monitoring program can increase the chances of an individual’s lifelong sobriety. Continue reading to learn about these services and hear from our Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs) and mentees.

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Impaired Driving Month Awareness: Risks, Consequences and Prevention

Dec 5, 2018 2:56:36 PM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Recovery

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December is National Impaired Driving Awareness Month. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver every day.

Learn more about impaired driving and measures that can help prevent injuries and deaths from alcohol impaired driving.

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How to Start a Sober Living Home in Your Community

Nov 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in sober living home

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Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths involved a prescription or an illicit opioid.

Overdose deaths increased in every category researched for men and women, ages 15 and older, all races and ethnicities and across all levels of urbanization.

Death rates from overdoses involving synthetic opioids increased in 21 states, with 10 states doubling their rates from 2015 to 2016.

The highest death rates from synthetic opioids were in the following states:

  1. New Hampshire

  2. Massachusetts

  3. West Virginia

Fourteen states had significant increases in death rates involving heroin. The highest being:

  1. Ohio

  2. Washington D.C.

  3. West Virginia

Eight states had significant increases in death rates involving prescription opioids. The highest being:

  1. Maine

  2. Maryland

  3. Utah

  4. West Virginia

Sixteen states had significant increases in death rates involving cocaine. The highest being:

  1. Ohio

  2. Rhode Island

  3. Washington D.C.

More than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. This is a two-fold increase in a decade.

These statistics are alarming.

The most staggering increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids), which accounted for nearly 30,000 overdose deaths.

Sober Living Homes (SLH) are a pivotal part of the recovery process and extremely important to the long-term recovery of those who have gone through treatment for addiction. The value of sober living homes has been verified through several industry studies, and the combination of SLHs and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) is proven to have a high rate of success.

Read on to learn how to successfully open and operate a sober living home.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Substance Use Disorder Recovery

Nov 7, 2018 11:15:25 AM / by Jon Dower, CIP, PR posted in Addiction Recovery

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Recovery from addiction can be hard, and even scary, especially if a person with substance use disorder (SUD) or their family member is unsure of what they should be doing or looking for.

At Ascension Recovery Services, we want to make sure that we are educating others about all aspects of recovery, from a person just looking for resources or for someone who is at the end of their treatment.

Keep reading to learn about some of the commonly asked questions we receive, such as, but not limited to:

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Differences Between Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization Program

Oct 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in intensive outpatient program

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When deciding to develop an intensive outpatient program (IOP) or partial hospitalization program (PHP), it can be difficult to understand what exactly each program will offer.

Ascension Recovery Services provides start-up consulting services for organizations interested in developing residential treatment centers (RTC), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and sober living homes (SLH).

Read on to learn more about what IOPs and PHPs can offer.

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Being Called Upon: Seeking Recovery Services for a Loved One

Oct 10, 2018 11:03:02 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in supporting loved one, Addiction Recovery

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Early in the summer, we received an email from a family member of a patient we were able to place in treatment through our services. He said that he was compelled to write this.

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