How to Observe Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week in 2019 is October 6th to October 12th. The U.S. Congress established Mental Illness Awareness Week in 1990. Every year, it takes place on the first full week of October and highlights the efforts of mental health advocacy groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It’s not just NAMI that brings awareness to mental health issues in October; every year, the World Health Organization designates October 10th as World Mental Health Day. October is also National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. It’s appropriate that mental health and substance use awareness campaigns share this overlap. The […]

Opioid Overdoses Become Nation’s #1 Preventable Injury-Related Deaths

The average American is more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a vehicle crash. It’s the first time in our nation’s history that opioid overdoses have overtaken crashes as a leading cause of preventable death. The odds of dying from an opioid overdose are one in 96, greater than not only crashes (one in 103), but also falls (one in 114) and gun assaults (one in 285). More than 133 people die every day because of opioid overdoses. These statistics highlight how devastating the opioid epidemic has become in the U.S., and it’s a sign of how great […]

A Guide to Self-Discovery Through Addiction Recovery

Addiction Recovery

Substances mask our problems. They also numb us to some of life’s greatest joys. When people with a history of substance misuse remove the barrier of drugs or alcohol, they begin the journey of experiencing richer, fuller lives. Through addiction recovery, you learn so many things about yourself, including how strong you are, interests you never knew you had and what it feels like to be truly present. Like recovery itself, self-discovery is a process. After the first few days or weeks of treatment, you will experience thoughts and emotions that seem foreign. You benefit from knowing what to expect […]

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab – Which Is Right for You?

Inpatient Outpatient Rehab

When you decide to pursue treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, you are taking the first step towards healing and health for the rest of your life. This initial choice also carries with it a seemingly endless array of options – where will you attend treatment, and what level is appropriate for you? Only by being honest with yourself about your needs and the extent of your substance use disorder can you answer these questions. Today, we’ll examine the differences between inpatient and outpatient rehab programs, so that you can decide which is right for you. Inpatient Rehab The term “inpatient […]

BRC Recovery Family of Programs Announces Ruth Ann Rigby as Chief Development Officer

Ruth Ann Rigby

Welcoming a New Member of the Leadership Team On September 9th, 2019, BRC Recovery Family of Programs (BRC) announced that Ruth Ann Rigby, CRS, former Director of Business Development at Capstone Treatment Center, will be joining the organization as Chief Development Officer. Rigby will bring her extensive knowledge and experience to one of the country’s premier behavioral healthcare centers. Marsha Stone, Chief Executive Officer of the BRC Recovery Family of Programs, expressed her excitement for Ruth Ann to join the leadership team. “The BRC Recovery Family of Programs is thrilled to welcome Ruth Ann Rigby as our Chief Development Officer. […]

How to Properly Dispose of Unused Prescription Medication

Dispose of Unused Prescription Medication

Is your medicine cabinet full of medications you no longer use? What do you do with unused prescription pills? When they are expired or no longer needed, it’s vital to dispose of medicines properly. Today, we’ll walk through the dos and don’ts of medication disposal.   Why You Should Dispose of Unused Medicine In the wake of America’s opioid epidemic, it’s more important than ever to properly dispose of unused prescription medications. Addiction to these pills leads to tens of thousands of deaths each year, and a recent study conducted by Stericycle – a medical disposal company – indicates that friends and […]

Recognizing and Overcoming Cravings in Early Recovery

Overcoming Cravings in Early Recovery

When you complete a treatment program and head home, you’ll probably feel on top of the world. In fact, it may seem like you’ll never want to drink or use ever again – after a period of significant substance use, you’ve worked hard to get your life back and start over fresh. What could possibly go wrong? Of course, life happens to all of us, sober or not. After you spend a few days back in the “real world,” you may be surprised that the urge to use is back again. Today, we’ll discuss cravings and how to deal with […]

How Jails Contribute to the Opioid Crisis

Jails and the Opioid Epidemic

As we’ve previously discussed on the blog, America’s opioid epidemic is a complex and multifaceted issue. Its origins lie in the deception of physicians by large pharmaceutical companies, and in the years since, countless factors have contributed to its out-of-control growth and devastation. Unsurprisingly, one major contributor to the crisis is America’s system of jails and prisons.   Jails and the American Prison System The prison-industrial complex has grown exponentially since the 1970s. With President Richard Nixon’s declaration of the “War on Drugs” in 1971 and the 1984 introduction of the Sentencing Reform Act (SRA), the number of incarcerated Americans […]