Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sunday, April 3 - Breakfast with the Angels 

You're invited to an Applebee's® Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to support City of Angels 

$8.00 per person
WHEN: Sunday, April 3, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
333 State Highway #33
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Buy your tickets online ahead of time for quick seating when you arrive! Click here to purchase.
April 24 - 30 - Recovery Coach Training at COA
Developed by the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR), the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy at COA is a week-long training opportunity designed for those interested in serving as a recovery coach. It is the first peer-based recovery coaching and training program designed for people interested in guiding individuals into and through long-term recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction. The next scheduled training is:

Program Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016 - Saturday, April 30, 2016

Location: First Baptist Church of Hightstown, 125 S Main St, Hightstown, NJ 08520

Register now to receive an early registration discount of $100!

For more details about this class, or to register online, click here.
New on COA Recovery Radio
Have you ever wanted to know what a heroin addict is thinking that keeps them stuck in that cycle of use? Do you wish you could help them, but not risk enabling? Are you struggling with your own drug use and want hope for how to get out of that lifestyle - and stay out?

In last week's "Stop Feeding the Predators", Lynn asks the questions you've wanted to ask. Justin, an addict for 5 years, gives the answers. In this blunt and honest show, Justin shares his thoughts before and during drug use. He talks about the people he loves and what they did that helped - and things that made it worse. He tells his story about being in prison. He also explains exactly what it took for him to find his sobriety and change his life for the better. 

Click here to listen to the show.

Ever see someone with MS juggle? This video shows Sam Shelley, who was diagnosed just a few years ago with multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, migraines, arthritis & anxiety - juggling.

To hear his amazing story of how he reversed these diseases with a simple meditation, mindfulness and yoga practice,  
click hereto listen to his COARR interview.

Get inspired to improve your health! On this new "Wellness in Recovery", host Carol Rickard shares practical tools on getting & staying healthy. One example: "Think of failure as Finding An Important Lesson Using Real Experiences - it's not a bad thing if we can use it to learn from", she says. This is a show you can listen to over & over again - there's THAT MUCH great info in it!

Carol Rickard, LCSW has written 10 books about stress reduction, weight loss, depression, smoking, wellness. She also works one-on-one with clients.To learn more about her counseling practice, click here. To see her books, click here.

For more "Wellness in Recovery" on demand,click here.
New Resources for the Uninsured & Homeless

For anyone who needs detox or treatment for addiction but doesn't have insurance or is homeless, COA has just launched a new online resource. These pages have all the details on who to contact in each New Jersey county, as well as information for Pennsylvania residents. They also contain information about sober homes.

To go to the new COA Help page, click here.
Free Help with Taxes from United Way
If you made less than $62,000 last year, the United Way offers a program in which accountants will prepare your taxes free of charge. Why pay someone else to do your taxes if you don't have to? Yay, United Way!

For details, click here.

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March 18, 2016
Be Heard on April 26!
Time is running out! There are only 11 days left to register to vote in Pennsylvania's Primary Election on April 26!  
Register by March 28th to have your voice heard! Have a say in who runs for President, who will represent you in Congress, and the Senate in Washington, who will run for State Attorney General or who will represent you in Harrisburg.
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"Going Deep" in Dual Diagnosis Treatment

"Going Deep" in Dual Diagnosis Treatment
With a proper mental health diagnosis in place, therapists can effectively treat the symptoms of addiction. The deeper the dual diagnosis treatment, the better the overall outcome.
As a seasoned intervention counselor and licensed psychotherapist, I have learned how truly important it is to ensure that the patient is provided every opportunity to receive a proper clinical diagnosis.
Enough symptomatic topsoil needs to be removed, before the patient can get in touch with their own emotional bedrock - the place where real healing can occur. 

A Multidisciplinary Treatment Approach

Drug rehab professionals have the opportunity to significantly improve overall treatment outcomes by identifying the root causes of addiction, and then effectively treating them with a multidisciplinarysolution-focused, and compassionate approach. 
With a professional mental health diagnosis in place, drug rehab providers can effectively treat both the overriding and overtly daunting symptoms of addiction, in addition to those of the underlying, and perhaps the more elusive mental health issues and disorders embedded deep within the patient's core. I recommend working together with other like-minded addiction and mental health professionals forming a unified treatment team, ultimately using all clinical findings to create a comprehensive treatment plan.
Here is a list of some of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders found right alongside symptoms of addiction:

Introducing the Diagnostic Foundations

Recovery is a process, a slow process at times, one that often requires a subtle, yet compassionately firm hand to move it right along. Given all of the potential multi-dimensional underlying issues that could be fueling the fire of substance abuse and addiction, I firmly believe that it is imperative for drug rehab centers to apply the most comprehensive diagnostic tools available if the expectation is to effectively establish a proper clinical diagnosis. 
Here are some diagnostic tools your drug rehab provider may chose to consider:

Affected Others to Be Proactive

Concerned families and friends can play a vital role in the recovery process. All those impacted by the disease of addiction and mental illness should feel empowered to systematically advocate with purpose and direction on behalf of their addicted loved ones. Rather than taking the role of the squeaky wheel, making just enough noise to get noticed, affected others are encouraged to be proactive by communicating openly with the program, presenting both their individual, as well as their collective issues, concerns, and expectations, in many cases, even before their loved one ever admits into treatment.
Perhaps equally as important, I encourage affected others to come from a place of unified strength, being ready to adapt to change without negotiating away both their individual and their collective conscience. And finally, I recommend a genuine willingness to explore their potential role in both the evolution of the underlying issues, as well as in the implementation of solution focused strategies to support the recovery process for all those impacted.

Documentation Wanted!

Now, given the importance of establishing an accurate clinical diagnosis, in addition to providing a historical record of milestones, medications, and mishaps, I recommend that families consider providing the program with any and all documentation that may help establish a more comprehensive mental health diagnosis, if one is to be found. 
The documentation can then be reviewed with the patient's treatment team who will then be able to use the historical information as clinically appropriate. 
Here is a short list of some of the documentation that may help the drug rehab center establish a more solid diagnostic foundation for dual diagnosis treatment:
  • Court Records
  • Medical Records
  • Psychiatric evaluations
  • Psychological testing
  • School records
At the end of the day, the deeper the dual diagnosis treatment, the better the outcome. In fact, treating addiction can be similar to treating cancer, in that the more invasive the treatment, the better the prognosis is for long term recovery. 
Therefore, I recommend working with a drug rehab center that meets their clients where they are at, and then is able to take them as deep as they may need to go to get to the root of their individual underlying addiction issues. Similar to properly supporting the cancer patient immediately following surgery, or even after a powerful dose of chemotherapy, I strongly suggest finding a drug rehab center that is able to provide their clients with the therapeutic tools to recover with dignity while their emotional wounds slowly heal after going deep in dual diagnosis treatment.

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