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Addiction Reaches Sesame Street

Sesame Street

America’s addiction crisis is now so pandemic that it features on one of the most popular TV programs for children. As was revealed in a recent episode, one of the Muppet characters on “Sesame Street” is struggling with a big, “grown-up” problem. Show producer Sesame Workshop created a series of videos in which young Karli talks to her friends about her mom’s struggle with addiction. Karli came to “Sesame Street” in May to stay with a foster family because her mother was “having a hard time.” Continue reading “Addiction Reaches Sesame Street”

Harmony to Present Dorothy Dorman Service Award to NAATP

NAATP Award

Harmony Foundation, a Colorado-based addiction treatment center, has selected the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) for its Dorothy Dorman Service Award. The award was established to honor Harmony Foundation’s long-time CEO at her retirement. The award recognizes people or organizations sharing the same integrity and dedication for addiction treatment solutions as the award’s name bearer.

The award will be presented at Harmony Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala in Denver, Colorado on October 25th at the Four Seasons Hotel. Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips will be the special guest speaker of this milestone event that commemorates the long and impactful heritage of Harmony Foundation which has positively changed the lives of thousands. Proceeds from this event will benefit scholarships supporting those with the desire, but without the means, to receive the addiction treatment they need. Tickets, as well as sponsorship opportunities, are available to the public at www.harmonyfoundationinc.com/50th.

“NAATP has long been the voice for addiction programs across the country and for decades has led the charge in establishing meaningful ethical standards and protocols for this important treatment category,” stated James Geckler, Harmony Foundation President and CEO. “We wanted to acknowledge their continuing hard work in helping their membership collaborate and better serve their patients.”

Recently NAATP has been active on the national stage supporting the passing of bi-partisan legislation H.R.6 (115thCongress), which contains over 120 separate bills to address the opioid crisis. For the first time, the federal government is examining how individual states are enforcing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) passed in 2008 and making changes to the antiquated Medicaid limitation on residential treatment based on the number of beds operated by a facility.

NAATP CEO Marvin Ventrell added “The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers is honored to receive the Harmony Foundation Dorothy Dorman Award on the occasion of Harmony’s 50th Anniversary. Founded nearly a decade before the National Association itself, Harmony was among the first treatment programs to join the association and has since that time supported NAATP as a valued charter member. This speaks volumes about Harmony’s commitment to not just its own patients but the welfare the national addiction recovery community at large. Keep up the good work Harmony and here’s to 50 more years of success.”

About Harmony Foundation
Harmony Foundation is a nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction recovery program that serves in a collaborative and respectful treatment environment. Harmony promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, empowering their clients to embark upon the lifelong journey of recovery. Visit HarmonyFoundationInc.com to learn more.

The Impact of Technology on Mental Health and Recovery

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This presentation with address the most current mental health trends shaping our newer generations and impacting us all. We will explore technology’s impacts on communication, relationships, and attention and discuss how to identify technology overuse or addiction. Therapeutic interventions will be introduced that can be applied with individuals, couples and families. Continue reading “The Impact of Technology on Mental Health and Recovery”

Buprenorphine: Friend or Foe?

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Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) refers to the practice of integrating counseling and medication to treat substance use disorders. Buprenorphine is one of three medications that are FDA-approved to treat opioid use disorders. The use of buprenorphine beyond the acute withdrawal period is still debated by some addiction treatment providers, despite the strong evidence base that suggests this medication helps many people to sustain recovery.

In this presentation, Harmony’s Medical Director and Chief Clinical Officer will discuss the process and outcomes of the effort to best utilize buprenorphine within the context of comprehensive recovery plans for appropriate individuals. Continue reading “Buprenorphine: Friend or Foe?”

The Addiction Recovery Journey for Partners & Spouses

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Addiction strongly affects partners and spouses. They often feel confused, lost, angry and ambivalent in their own therapeutic process. This webinar provides an overview of clinical skill-building to help engage partners in their own process which can help support a healthy relationship. Continue reading “The Addiction Recovery Journey for Partners & Spouses”

New Developments in Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders

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This 60 minute training will focus on an overview of the various forms that an eating disorder can take, and simple and effective screening strategies. Additionally, the multifactorial nature of developing an eating disorder as well as common myths and misconceptions still associated with those having eating disorders will be reviewed. Continue reading “New Developments in Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders”

Silent Screaming: Self-Injury & the Journey to Healing

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This 60 minute training will explore the psychology & neurobiology of non-suicidal self injury (NSSI) in relation to thoughts, urges, and behaviors. Internal and interactive regulation will be examined in relation to insecure attachment styles and working with symptom reduction. Attendees will learn to implement a technique to ease and release deep shame in relation to NSSI. Establishing empathic relational fields and evoking innate healing wisdom leads clients to freedom of shame. Continue reading “Silent Screaming: Self-Injury & the Journey to Healing”

Psychedelics 101: What Clinicians Need to Know About the Current Therapeutic Use of Psychedelics for Addictions, PTSD & More.

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This professional development webinar is designed to educate the behavioral health specialist about studies that are currently being explored around the use of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. The unintended consequences of the buzz around psychedelics is that people who suffer from a variety of mental health issues are taking it upon themselves to do their own psychedelic psychotherapy given that these substances are not readily or legally available.

It is important now more than ever for clinicians to have a working knowledge of psychedelics, the latest research and important implications for the general public attempting to address their mental health issues on their own. Continue reading “Psychedelics 101: What Clinicians Need to Know About the Current Therapeutic Use of Psychedelics for Addictions, PTSD & More.”

The TBI and Addiction Conundrum: Clearing the Muddy Water

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This professional development webinar is designed to educate the behavioral health specialist with a primer in treating co-occurring disorders of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorder (SUD).  With similarities in outward (physical) behaviors and (mental) attitudes, differentiating between the two disorders has proven to be a challenge to many treatment providers.

Following this webinar, the clinician will have additional information to better differentiate between the roll of TBI and addictions in client presentation. Continue reading “The TBI and Addiction Conundrum: Clearing the Muddy Water”