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Drug abuse and mental health

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:38

Mental health resources in WNC

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Services are available for those suffering from substance abuse through the following providers in Western North Carolina:
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:36

Seeking substance abuse services

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The opioid problem has been bubbling underneath the surface for over a decade, but the issue has now reached a roaring boil as the medical community, law enforcement, families who have lost loved ones and politicians are taking action to address the problem.
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:34

Methadone stigma still hampering opioid treatment

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Even though the research shows that medication-assisted management for opioid addiction is the most successful treatment method, the prevailing stigma associated with methadone and other opioid medications is still preventing people from seeking the help they need.
Brendan Bishop is more than just the manager of Haywood Vapor, located at the corner of Dellwood City Road and Russ Avenue in Waynesville.
Jean Parris of Canton has been telling anyone who will listen about the growing drug addiction problems facing Haywood County since 2011, which is when she helped form Drugs in Our Midst.
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:46

All hands on deck to address opioid epidemic

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It’s impossible to talk about the mental health system in North Carolina without also discussing substance abuse and how the opioid crisis is impacting resources within the system.
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:44

New opioid legislation to limit prescriptions

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Congressmen Mark Meadows, R-Asheville, and Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, introduced the Opioid Abuse Deterrence, Research and Recovery Act last week with hopes of tackling opioid addiction at the source.
Asking for help is often the hardest step in the recovery process. Even after realizing you need help, it can be difficult to identify the problem and navigate your way through the mental health system.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:05

Meridian determined to keep adult offender services

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Despite funding cuts from the state and Vaya Health, Meridian is working hard to make sure the programs for domestic violence and sexual abuse offenders stay viable.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:02

Offender programs help people find redemption

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Haywood County native Robert Guinn leads a fairly normal life these days. He has a good attitude, a fulfilling job, a good circle of friends and loves bragging on his 14-year-old daughter.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:01

Meridian starts first fundraising campaign

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A major fundraising campaign is a significant undertaking for any nonprofit organization, but it’s especially difficult when an organization has to split its time between providing behavioral health services in seven western counties and trying to come up with enough funding to keep its programming.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:59

Haywood Regional expands to meet behavioral health needs

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Haywood Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, is doing its part to meet the growing mental health needs in the region by expanding its behavioral health unit for adults and geriatric patients.
Two years ago, David was a different person than he is today. At 14 years old, his moods rapidly bounced around from extreme feelings of anger to unbridled energy. He couldn’t concentrate at school and didn’t understand why he couldn’t control his emotions.
The shortcomings of America’s mental health system have once again been brought to the forefront as national news outlets report the shooters responsible for recent mass killings in Las Vegas and Texas were mentally ill. SEE ALSO: Waynesville treatment center expands mental health services Medical experts say there’s no real connection between individuals with mental illness and mass shootings, but the presumed link between the two reveals…
The Balsam Center in Waynesville will now be able to better meet the mental health and substance abuse needs of Haywood County residents following an extensive renovation and expansion.