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Addiction

Battling Addiction – One Day At A Time

How do you become an addict?   People suffering from addiction don’t wake up one day and decide to get hooked on drugs. In fact, most of those suffering from addiction may not know there’s a problem at all. According to recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 20 million ...

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Centerstone Advocates for CCBHCs, Meets with Senate Leader McConnell

Recently, Centerstone staff members joined the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington, D.C. to advocate for The Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act (S. 824/ H.R. 1767). The Excellence Act would bring Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) to 11 new states and add two more years for the eight states ...

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Robb Backmeyer Served on Opioid Panel

Centerstone’s Regional COO in Indiana, Robb Backmeyer, recently served as an expert in a panel discussion about innovative responses to the opioid crisis in the workplace, joined by executives from two international companies and a member of the U.S. Chamber Foundation. The panel was part of the Sharing Solutions program, a national effort by the ...

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Seeking Clients for Illinois Grant Program

Centerstone is seeking new clients to enroll in a new grant funded program. The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) grant was awarded to Centerstone to expand and improve community health care in Southern Illinois. The focus population includes individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders, and children and adolescents with serious ...

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Support the Opioid Prevention and Patient Safety Act

Last week, lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation to help address the addiction crisis. These bills – known as the Opioid Prevention and Patient Safety Act (OPPS Act/HR 2062) in the House and the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act (S 1012) in the Senate – ensure that medical providers have access to the full medical history of ...

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New Transitional Housing Initiative Launched

Over one year ago, in response to the opioid crisis, Centerstone opened its first Centerstone Recovery Center (CRC) in Lexington, Scott County, Indiana. The Scott County CRC is a 30-day inpatient addiction treatment program for women seeking recovery. Through this program, we’ve had the privilege of joining with over 300 women to change the course ...

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MAT Facility Opening in Marion, IL

Centerstone has announced a new clinic that will bring treatment services to many whose lives have been devastated by opiate addiction. A new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) facility will officially open in Marion. ...

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New Grants Expand Programming in Indiana

Centerstone has recently been awarded a number of new philanthropic grants to help expand available programming in communities we serve in Indiana. Newly awarded CEASe of Scott County funds will help embed a Health Coach at Foundations Family Medicine in Austin. The health coach will meet with patients and their doctor whenever a substance use disorder ...

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Mental Health Access Improvement Act

Following a rough-and-tumble start to the 116th Congress, policies that could positively impact Centerstone are once again being introduced. Congress passed sweeping opioid legislation entitled the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act last year, but omitted a couple of our priorities from the final law. Background Recently, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate both reintroduced ...

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Need Help with Addiction? Treatment Options Available

The Indiana State Senate Committee on Health & Provider Services recently held a hearing on Senate Bill 33 to establish certification and a grant program for comprehensive addiction recovery centers to be administered by the division of mental health and addiction (division). ...

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What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?

Research shows that Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is effective and should be made available to those seeking help. At Centerstone, we offer multiple drug treatment paths to recovery, including MAT. MAT incorporates medications, counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose. Every year, a new report highlights the toll of drug ...

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Three Steps to Fight Addiction

My earliest memory is from age two. My sister and I were using a combine harvester as a jungle gym when I missed the bar and landed hard on my feet. No one noticed anything wrong at first. I was young enough that suddenly wanting to be carried around more didn’t seem odd. It wasn’t ...

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Opioid Crisis Efforts Continue in Washington

The opioid crisis is certainly at the forefront of our country’s current health agenda. On March 1, President Trump hosted the White House Opioid Summit, an event designed to discuss proposed policies in response to the opioid crisis. The increasing national spotlight on combatting the opioid epidemic is becoming clearer by the week. The continued ...

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Opioid Crisis Impacts Veterans, Military Families

Long after active duty ends, U.S. service members and military families face a different battle—the opioid overdose epidemic. Opioid overuse kills nearly 100 people in America every day, and Tennessee is ranked third in the country for prescription drug use. Further, a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study shows Veterans are twice as likely to ...

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Recovery Is An Option

With nearly 100 deaths a day stemming from opioid use, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death of Americans – beating car crashes, gun accidents and HIV infection. According to STAT, opioids could kill nearly half a million Americans over the next decade, and if that prediction proves accurate, the death toll over the ...

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Sparking Conversation About Underage Drinking

Recent reports on underage drinking in the United States reveal good news and bad news. On the bright side, the National Institute on Drug Abuse announced in June that its “Monitoring the Future” survey shows decreasing use of alcohol among 8th through 12th graders. However, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) confirms ...

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Knowing the Signs Could Save a Life

In many ways our world is more connected than ever before, with social media venues of all kinds providing real-time access around the clock. However, even with all that connection and communication, suicide rates remain at alarming levels, proving that sensitivity to, and awareness of, warning signs is critical in providing lifesaving interventions. It’s not ...

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Six Steps to Identifying Addictions: What Controls Your Life?

Addiction is a complicated problem. It is diverse in its causes and its costs. If describing a person with an addiction was to be simplified, it might be “the intense desire and action of continuing certain behaviors despite the negative consequences.” An addiction controls your life, your thoughts and your choices. It is a compulsion that robs you of healthy options for coping with life challenges. ...