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RiverMend Health is a premier provider of scientifically driven, specialty behavioral health services.
RiverMend Health is a premier provider of scientifically driven, specialty behavioral health services.

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The holiday season is upon us, and with it we prepare to celebrate with our loved ones. Huge family feasts and social gatherings can feel overwhelming for anyone. But for those suffering from an eating disorder, the holidays mark a particularly challenging time. Food is often a central theme for bringing families together, which can negatively trigger those in need of treatment. And to compound the issue, the stresses of balancing career, family and daily life in general can take its toll. If you’re telling yourself to just get through the holidays and wait until the dust settles to seek treatment—don’t. There’s no time like the present to begin your recovery. In fact, the holidays may just be the perfect time. Here's why...

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Every year, thousands of U.S. horses are sent to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico, according to animal welfare organizations. Lucky the horse was bound for a similar fate. Set to be sold at 17 cents a pound, “Lucky seemed like he had given up on life,” said Dale Phillips, Bluff Plantation’s equine therapist. “He was just done. He had no expression whatsoever. He didn’t whine at feeding time. He just stood there.”The feeling of having given up – or been given up on – is one that many people struggling with substance use have felt. So Phillips adopted the horse, and brought him to Bluff Plantation, thinking there might be lessons in Lucky’s life story for the men and women taking part in Bluff Plantation’s equine therapy program. Read more of this inspiring story!

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After 8 years of decline, Rivermend Health's Dr. Mark Gold, examines why the overdose mortality among teens is increasing.

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It is well-established that the concordance rate for depression and substance use disorder is high—somewhere between 45-65 percent. The mortality rate for untreated or undertreated depression in the general population is between 15-20 percent. Given that at least 45% of persons with substance use disorder are depressed and impulsive, the mortality rate is certainly higher, whether from direct and intentional suicide or by a reckless lifestyle, accidental or intentional overdose. Bottom line is that screening for, and addressing depression, should be central to all treatment planning and differentiated from post -acute-withdrawal-syndrome. When identified, continuing care is mandatory, because the cost of failure is too high. #addiction #depression #recovery

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Bluff Plantation alum and Iraq War veteran, Travis Peterson, became addicted to prescription opioids after suffering an injury caused by a suicide bomb attack in Fallujah. One of only three soldiers to survive in his twelve man platoon, Travis was tortured by nightmares and physical pain. “I went from physically needing it for my pain to abuse mentally because it made me forget stuff. Eight to twelve pills daily. It was the lowest point in my life”, Travis said. Travis was addicted, desperate, and broken—but he wasn’t willing to give up. Watch Travis’s courageous and inspiring journey to recovery. #addiction #military #PTSD #recovery

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Executive Clinical Director of Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, Dr. Dena Cabrera, discusses spirituality and eating disorder recovery on the Gurze Salucore Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue Podcast: ED Matters. This fascinating interview covers what it means to be spiritual, explains how it differs from being religious, and then dives into how spirituality can be an asset in eating disorder recovery. #EDMatters #eatingdisorders #spirituality #recovery

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We’re honored to have Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders Executive Clinical Director, Dr. Dena Cabrera, interviewed by The New York Times for their piece on the controversial Netflix Film: ‘To The Bone.’ In this compelling article, Dr. Cabrera discusses concerns about how the film could be triggering to those struggling with eating disorders and offers advice to parents on how to educate themselves on the true diversity and complexity of eating disorders, which is only represented superficially throughout ‘To The Bone.’

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While we know that addiction does not discriminate, and that both men and women are equally affected, gender differences can greatly impact the pathway to treatment. Women face unique circumstances when battling addiction. They may be more susceptible to certain types of addiction, progress into addiction faster and socially suffer greater stigma, which can be a barrier to seeking treatment. Our addiction experts and counselors understand the struggles of being a woman with a substance use disorder. Learn more about how Malibu Beach Recovery Centers For Women By Women addiction treatment program is tailored to address these unique needs by creating a safe and nurturing space for lasting recovery.

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Bluff Plantation Medical Director, Dr. William Jacobs, was interviewed for the following SELF Magazine article examining how quickly and innocently people can become addicted to opioids---with data suggesting that more than 50 percent of people who are addicted to pain pills got them from a friend or family member.

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RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Boards Chairman, Dr. Mark S. Gold, wrote the cover story for The Sober World Magazine on the proliferation of dangerous adulterated drugs, which have led to an unprecedented number of unintentional overdose deaths in communities across the country. This is a must-read piece...
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