Reminder: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Tomorrow

prescription drug abuseGateway Treatment Center in Carbondale was paid a visit earlier this week from reporter Kathryn DiGisi of NBC affiliate WPSD-TV Channel 6 in Paducah, KY, for a news story about the upswing in prescription drug abuse across the region. Ms. DiGisi interviewed Gateway Substance Abuse Counselor Jennifer Casteel, who reminds parents that teens who abuse prescription drugs often start in their own home or their friends’ and family members’ homes.

NBC6 encourages local residents to do their part and responsibly dispose of leftover medications with the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26, 2004.

The 8th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10 am – 2:00 pm

To find a Take Back location,click here. For more information about prescription drug abuse including helpful tips for parents about talking to children about substance abuse, click here.

May 2014: Gateway Treatment Centers Offers Two Free CEU Webinars

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will offer a Lunchtime Learning Series in May featuring two complimentary webinars:

  • Altered States: Marijuana, the Brain and Legalization
    May 15, 2014
  • Understanding Mindfulness-Based Sobriety *New! CEUs available: IAODAPCA & Psychology
    May 21, 2014

ALTERED STATES: MARIJUANA, THE BRAIN AND LEGALIZATION
MAY 15, 2014: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Plus Additional time for Q&A)

1 CEU – NAADAC, Illinois: LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

About the Training
From board rooms to family rooms, marijuana legalization continues to be a hot topic. This is largely due to rapidly changing attitudes toward marijuana in the United States. In fact, the majority of American adults (55%) now support legalization of marijuana.*

As the taboo surrounding marijuana appears to dissipate, the webinar will serve as an important reminder regarding the health repercussions and legal implications associated with marijuana.

What You Will Learn

  • Short-term effects marijuana abuse has on the body and brain.
  • Long-term physical and social implications of abuse.
  • Why long-term users find it hard to quit.
  • Legal changes concerning medical and recreational marijuana.

Training provides: 1 CEU NAADAC, Illinois: LCSW, LSW, LCPC,
LPC, Nursing

Cost: FREE with Registration

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Meet the Trainers

gateway treatment centersDr. John Larson
Corporate Medical Director
Gateway Treatment Centers

With more than 40 years of professional experience in the addiction and behavioral health fields, Dr. John Larson oversees medical practices at Gateway’s network of treatment centers.

KAren WEbinar imageKaren Wolownik Albert, LCSW
Program Director
Gateway Lake Villa

Karen has been a member of the clinical team at the Gateway Treatment Center in Lake Villa since 2010. She leads efforts related to the quality of care and program development for the Adult Men’s and Women’s Residential Programs and the Young Men’s Residential Bridge Program.

 

UNDERSTANDING MINDFULNESS-BASED SOBRIETY
MAY 21, 2014: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Plus Additional time for Q&A)

About the Training
The goal of this webinar is to increase understanding of mindfulness and its use in substance abuse treatment programs.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. The practice is highly effective in treating emotion dysregulation, stress, depression, grief and impulsivity—all of which are at risk of fueling addiction .

What You Will Learn

  • The basics of mindfulness practice.
  • The history and development of the Mindfulness-Based Therapy model.
  • How Gateway’s unique approach to mindful sobriety integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention Therapy.

Training provides: 1 CEU IAODAPCA, NAADAC, Illinois: Psychology, LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Cost: FREE with Registration

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Meet The Trainers

phil welches gateway treatment centersDr. Phil Welches
Clinical Director
Gateway Treatment Centers

A licensed clinical psychologist, Gateway Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches joined Gateway Foundation in 2003 and directs clinical services at all 10 Gateway Treatment Centers.

nick turner gateway treatment centersNick Turner, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Clinical Supervisor
Gateway Foundation Chicago River North

Nick Turner is a Clinical Supervisor that specializes in providing individual and group counseling for those with substance abuse and mental health needs.

Marijuana: Not As Harmless As You Think

marijuana factsRecently marijuana has been approved for medical use in more than 20 states and its recreational use has even been legalized in Colorado and Washington. Although attitudes seem to be changing about whether or not marijuana is legal, the fact remains marijuana use is associated with health and developmental risks for both adults and teens.

Marijuana is particularly harmful to the still developing brains of young people. It is connected to changes in adolescent brain development resulting in learning, memory problems and IQ loss.

  • Smoking marijuana can damage the brain of a developing embryo as early as two weeks after conception.
  • Marijuana smoke contains 50-70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke.
  • Marijuana use increases the risk of psychosis.
  • Marijuana use may cause bronchitis and lung complications.
  • There is a possibility that street marijuana is laced with other dangerous substances, such as: cocaine, crack, PCP or even embalming fluid.

Marijuana Fast Facts

  • Also referred to as pot, weed, herb, Mary Jane, bud, grass and reefer, marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems and flowers of the hemp plant called Cannabis sativa.
  • Marijuana’s active ingredient is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
  • Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in America with 17.4 million past-month users and used by 76.8% of current illicit drug users. (NSDUH)
  • New growing and harvesting techniques produce marijuana that is about 275% more potent than it was just 10 years ago.

  • Limited evidence suggests that a user’s risk of heart attack more than quadruples in the first hour after smoking marijuana.

 

For more information on the effects of Marijuana use visit RecoverGateway.org/Marijuana.

The Teen Brain and Addiction: Brainstorm by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel

addiction, gateway treatment centersA new book called Brainstorm by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel sets out to help adolescents and adults understand just how vulnerable the teenage brain is to addiction.

The book features new research evidencing teen drug use may alter the control of areas of the brain that regulate emotion or dopamine release. What this means is, early exposure to alcohol or drugs may in fact make a teen more vulnerable to substance abuse issues later in his or her life.

Dr. Siegel recommends mindfulness practices to help individuals support the development of their mind to better handle distressed emotions that can lead to substance abuse, such as anxiety and stress.

Mindfulness, as described by author Jon Kabat-Zinn, is: A gentle effort to be continuously present with experience…paying attention on purpose.

The key to appreciating mindfulness is twofold:

  1.  Be aware and accepting of urges, cravings, emotions, and all aspects of your experience, while not driven to act on them.
  2.  Base motivation and actions on what need to be done in order to move towards a life worth living.

Dr. Siegel believes the more people use mindfulness to generate internal education and inner life focus, the likelier they are to be able to effectively regulate their emotions and think clearly.

“It’s a broad skill you develop. You are learning literally the internal techniques of how to balance your emotions, and deal with upsetting memories, and deal with them well,” Dr. Siegel explains to TheFix.com.

At Gateway Treatment Centers, adults and adolescents can learn how to address their substance use disorder and help prevent relapse using mindfulness. To learn more, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Mindfulness.

Alcohol Awareness Month Reminder: Risks of Drinking Far Outweigh Rewards

In honor of National Alcohol Awareness Month, Gateway Treatment Centers takes a look at health risks linked with heavy alcohol consumption.

It’s been widely reported that regular light to moderate drinking can be good for the heart. But that’s only a portion of the story. With heavy or at-risk drinking, any potential heart healthy benefits are outweighed by far greater risks, including:

Injuries

Drinking too much increases your chances of being injured or even killed. Alcohol is a factor, for example, in about 60% of fatal burn injuries, drownings and homicides; 50% of severe trauma injuries and sexual assaults; and 40% of fatal motor vehicle crashes, suicides and fatal falls.

Health Problems

Heavy drinkers have a greater risk of liver disease including hepatitis and cirrhosis, heart disease, kidney damage, sleep disorders, nutritional deficiency, depression, stroke, bleeding from the stomach, sexually transmitted infections from unsafe sex, and several types of cancer including breast cancer. Heavy drinkers may also have problems managing diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions.

Brain Damage

The effects of alcohol on the brain can occur by both direct and indirect means. Thus, it is not really necessary that the alcohol actually reach the brain, though it does, for brain function to be modified.

Damage to the brain can occur through alcohol-induced deficiencies in nutrition, liver disease, and through alterations in the function of other bodily systems (e.g. immune, hormonal), which produce substances that end up in the blood and get transported to the brain.

Learn more health risks associated with alcohol consumption here.

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