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Drug and Alcohol Detox

What Is Alcohol or Drug Detox?

Detoxification is the process of flushing substances from the body and managing any resulting withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol detox and withdrawal produce a set of physical and mental symptoms that result from alcohol’s departure from the body, commonly referred to as alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The symptoms often vary in severity: they can be confused for a mild cold or they can prove deadly. This unpredictability makes medical involvement and supervision incredibly important.

Drug detox and withdrawal can arise from both illegal drugs and prescription pain killers, and are rather similar to alcohol detoxification but the symptoms and medical solutions will vary based on several factors:

  • The drug or drugs taken
  • The duration and extent of drug use
  • Any family history of addiction
  • General health concerns or absence thereof
  • The presence of co-occurring mental health disorders (the coexistence of mental health diagnoses and addiction)

Alcohol and drug detox are the first stages to recovery from substance use disorders. Medical professionals and treatment centers can provide a safe environment for detoxing from alcoholopioids and other drugs and transition patients into a more engaging treatment experience.

For more information from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, click here.

2020-09-15T11:51:44-04:00September 15th, 2020|

Fighting Back against the Stigma of Addiction

When health care providers demonize people addicted to drugs or alcohol, it just makes the problem worse.

Untreated drug and alcohol use contributes to tens of thousands of deaths every year and affects the lives of many more people. We have effective treatments, including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorders, that could prevent a significant number of these deaths, but they are not being utilized widely enough, and people who could benefit often do not even seek them out. One important reason is the stigma around those with addiction.

Stigma is a problem for people with health conditions ranging from cancer and HIV to a variety of mental illnesses, but it is especially powerful in the context of substance use disorders. Even though medicine long ago reached the consensus that addiction is a complex brain disorder, those with addiction continue to be blamed for their condition. The public, as well as many people working in health care and in the justice system, continues to view addiction as a result of moral weakness and flawed character.

To read full Scientific American Article, click here.  

2020-08-28T14:36:25-04:00August 28th, 2020|

Covid-19 Information and Resources for Legal Professionals

FindLaw’s Covid-19 resource center contains updated information and articles law firms and legal professionals can use during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Below you can find information on working remotely, managing clients, and the legal issues surrounding COVID-19.

FindLaw has significant information available on how to advise clients, manage staff, and work securely away from the office.

You can also assuage clients and answer their questions. From contract disputes to employment to immigration, Covid-19 will have a long-lasting impact on people’s daily lives. The pandemic will result in a host of issues requiring legal assistance.

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2020-07-21T15:59:05-04:00July 21st, 2020|

10 Secrets People in Recovery from Addiction Know that Could Help Us All Survive this Global Pandemic

People in recovery can teach us a lot about making it through tough times with strength and dignity. Rams in Recovery and The Well are collaborating to share some recovery wisdom we can borrow as we navigate our new reality.

1. The fight is fixed.

Wait, what? Is it really a central tenet of recovery to just give up and accept that things can’t be changed? Well… yes. Many people recovering from addiction must accept that they cannot control their substance use once they start using. This allows them to move forward with a goal of not using at all.

We must take a deep breath and accept the reality of COVID-19 before we can navigate it. That we are quarantined, that we have lost a job, that we are anxious about our loved ones. We do this not out of defeat, but so that we can move forward and find ways to reach out to friends, file for unemployment, or challenge those in power to do better.

The Serenity Prayer, common in recovery meetings, says, “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Spiritual or not, we would all do well to live by the spirit of this quote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020-07-21T15:25:17-04:00July 21st, 2020|

Support Guide for COVID-19

A Message About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
from JLAP

The COVID-19 emergency requires everyone to protect themselves and others from the physical threat of contracting the Coronavirus. But we must also intentionally protect our emotional well-being during these difficult times.

Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Isolation and a natural “Fear of the Unknown” can impact our quality of life and reduce our ability to be resilient and hopeful. The emotional toll of this emergency is also especially challenging for those already managing mental health challenges.

JLAP’s services by phone and internet are 100% operational and will not be interrupted by this crisis. JLAP’s Licensed Professional Counselors and staff are all available by phone and internet to provide professional clinical mental health support and resources to anyone in need.

JLAP has also created the following comprehensive webpage that provides suggestions and numerous links to valuable mental health information to support your well-being and mental health:

Read the Support Guide for COVID-19 here.

As always, all calls to JLAP are strictly confidential and privileged by law. As such, if JLAP can help, please do not hesitate to call us at (985) 778-0571 or email to JLAP@louisianajlap.com

2020-07-15T16:59:48-04:00March 20th, 2020|

Your Guide To The Massive (And Massively Complex) Opioid Litigation

 

Make no mistake: The legal fight over liability for the U.S. opioid crisis is only heating up.

An 11th-hour settlement Monday morning averted what would have been the first trial in a landmark federal case, one involving thousands of plaintiffs at nearly every level of government and defendants from every link in the chain of opioid drug production. But all the other lawsuits in the broader case remain on track for courtroom confrontations.

And with the costs of the crisis estimated at tens of billions of dollars and with more than 200,000 overdose deaths since the late 1990s, the stakes are immense — even for people who have never heard of this case. What happens with it will largely determine how much money cities and counties nationwide will have to fight the devastating effects of opioid abuse and when they’ll get it.

But the litigation is also intensely complicated. So let’s begin with the basics.

Click to continue reading this Health News article from NPR.

 

2019-12-16T15:47:07-04:00December 16th, 2019|

2019 Annual Conference of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs

JLAP’s Executive Director and Clinical Staff attended the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) annual conference in April 2019.  The FSPHP coordinates effective detection, evaluation, treatment, and monitoring of physicians at risk for or experiencing stress, burnout out, mental illness, substance use disorders, physical illness, and other potentially impairing conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured Above: Lela Brown, Jennifer Gros (JLAP’s Clinical Director), Barry Lubin, M.D. and Jessica Duplantis (JLAP’s Clinical Case Manager).

2019-12-16T15:31:31-04:00December 16th, 2019|