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One of the most effective tools that you can use to maintain recovery is knowledge. Our Health News and Updates page gives you the most recent and relevant articles about Lakeview Health, as well as healthy living tips, addiction treatment, and recovery news from across the country. Visit our Lakeview Health In the News page to find articles about our treatment center and our work with addiction treatment centers nationwide.

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Finding In-Network Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers

February 4th, 2021

By Lakeview Health Lakeview Health Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 4, 2021 Updated: February 4, 2021 Financial concerns can hold some people back from seeking the help that they need for substance use disorder. There is a lot to consider when making the decision to go to treatment and finding a center that works

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The Relationship Between Addiction And Your Physical Health Amid COVID-19

April 15th, 2020

Addiction and your physical health are intertwined, with one directly impacting the other. Various types of drugs affect your body in different ways, and likewise, the effects that drugs cause varies from one person to the other. How a drug affects someone depends on many factors, such as general health, body size, and the strength

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Substance Abuse and Compromised Immune Systems – What it Means for COVID-19

April 14th, 2020

As the world faces a pandemic with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many are concerned about how this may affect them. There who are at higher risk for contracting the virus and having more severe complications are those with a compromised immune system. This means for substance abusers, their risks increase if they do contract the

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Managing Anxiety and Substance Use During Coronavirus

April 13th, 2020

By Lakeview Health Lakeview Health Meet The Editorial Team Published: April 13, 2020 Updated: April 14, 2020 The last few weeks have brought about a head-spinning set of changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s hard not to feel increased stress amid uncertainties – from finances, to jobs and even our own health. For someone

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Safety at Rehab is Ideal Amid COVID-19

April 9th, 2020

Amid the anxiety-driven COVID-19 fears, people struggling with substance use disorders can take comfort in knowing there is safety offered at a rehab facility. Lakeview Health is taking the current COVID-19 pandemic seriously, and our staff have implemented necessary protocols and precautions to continue offering treatment for those in need. We recognize that just because

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Staying in Recovery While Practicing Social Distancing

March 20th, 2020

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: March 20, 2020 Updated: March 30, 2020 As the country works together to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many are encouraging the practice of social distancing. However, for those in recovery, social distancing can often bring more questions coupled with anxiety than answers

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Lakeview Health Closely Monitoring COVID19 Coronavirus

Lakeview Health Closely Monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

March 3rd, 2020

In conjunction with our existing infection control policies, Lakeview Health is closely monitoring local, state and federal guidance regarding the coronavirus in order to enhance efforts in keeping our patients safe and healthy. Our physicians and staff are following CDC guidelines and each facility has added additional screening measures for incoming patients, such as review

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It’s time for change. The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

September 20th, 2018

By Gene Migliaccio Gene Migliaccio Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 20, 2018 Updated: November 8, 2019 Substance misuse and its harms are a pervasive problem in the United States. Not only are individuals and families struggling with the consequences of this serious issue, but the effects also have far-reaching consequences on workplaces, the health

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International Overdose Awareness Day & Global Statistics

August 31st, 2018

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 31, 2018 Updated: January 29, 2020 Sally J. Finn at the Salvation Army in St Kilda, Melbourne created International Overdose Awareness Day in 2001. Since its inception, it has become a public health movement to raise awareness on drugs and prevention through events held

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Key Issues Addressed By The SUPPORT Act Legislation

July 24th, 2018

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: July 24, 2018 Updated: November 8, 2019 Key Issues Addressed By The SUPPORT Act Legislation The SUPPORT Act (Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act) is a combination of 58 bills passed by the House of

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Florida’s New Opioid Laws Effective July 1, 2018

July 1st, 2018

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: July 1, 2018 Updated: November 8, 2019 Today, July 1, 2018, Florida’s new opioid laws for the regulation of the use of prescription opioids went into effect enforcing a three-day limit on most prescriptions and aims to hold the doctors more accountable to

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Opioid Epidemic in New England Far from Over

March 26th, 2018

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: March 26, 2018 Updated: March 2, 2021 Opioid Epidemic in New England Far from Over New England has been among the hardest-hit regions in the opioid epidemic. The rate of drug overdose deaths in the six northeastern states remains at or above the

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Our Response: A Seven-Step Plan for Ending the Opioid Crisis

February 27th, 2018

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 27, 2018 Updated: November 8, 2019 Our Response: A Seven-Step Plan for Ending the Opioid Crisis In a recently published article, “A Seven-Step Plan for Ending the Opioid Crisis,” Michael Bloomberg strongly called upon Congress to take serious action in combating the

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With Drug Overdose Deaths Rising, Rehab isn’t About Giving Up One Thing

February 26th, 2018

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: February 26, 2018 Updated: March 3, 2020 Drug Overdose Deaths Rising: It Isn’t About Giving Up One Thing Drug overdose deaths are occurring at record levels in the United States. According to the latest statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

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The Opioid Epidemic in Hays County Texas Continues To Rise

January 18th, 2018

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: January 18, 2018 Updated: January 12, 2021 Opioid Epidemic in Hays County Texas Drug overdose deaths in Texas have been leveling off in recent years according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hays County—situated between Austin and San Antonio—seems

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New Jersey Holds Town Hall Meetings on Reorganization of Addiction and Mental Health Services

January 16th, 2018

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: January 16, 2018 Updated: November 8, 2019 New Jersey Holds Town Hall Meetings on Reorganization of Addiction and Mental Health Services By Michael Rass New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said the opioid crisis will be his primary focus before he leaves office in January.

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What is the Heroin Triangle? A Georgia Epidemic

September 29th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 29, 2017 Updated: April 20, 2021 What is the Heroin Triangle? In January, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal referred to the drug overdose crisis in his state as “an ongoing epidemic that ravages the hearts and minds of not only individuals but also the communities

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Wisconsin Leads Midwest in Alcohol Misuse and Faces Growing Meth Problem

September 27th, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 27, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 Wisconsin Leads Midwest in Alcohol Misuse and Faces Growing Meth Problem By Michael Rass Like many other states in the Union, Wisconsin has an opioid problem. Governor Scott Walker put it bluntly: “We’ve recently seen opioid

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New Illinois Survey Shows Many Directly Touched by Opioid Epidemic

September 25th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 25, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 A new poll from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows one in three Illinois residents has been directly touched by the opioid epidemic ravaging the nation. Illinoisans may have personally known someone who has become addicted to opioids,

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New York Provides Inexpensive Naloxone to Fight Opioid Epidemic

September 22nd, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 22, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann / CC BY 2.0 New York Provides Inexpensive Naloxone to Combat Opioid Epidemic By Michael Rass The New York State Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin

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New Pilot Program to Reduce Opioid Deaths in Jacksonville

September 19th, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 19, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 New Pilot Program to Reduce Opioid Deaths in Jacksonville By Michael Rass Fact: Every day, an average of 12 people overdose on heroin or similar drugs in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD)

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Fighting Stigma and the Opioid Epidemic in Western Pennsylvania

September 13th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 13, 2017 Updated: March 2, 2021 More than 4,600 people died of drug overdoses in Pennsylvania last year, a 37 percent increase from 2015 according to a recent report published by the Philadelphia field division of the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the University

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Playwrights Battle the Opioid Epidemic in Ohio

September 12th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 12, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 More than 4,100 Ohioans died from accidental drug overdoses in 2016, a 36 percent increase from the year before. On average, eleven Ohioans died each day in 2016 from heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, or other drugs. The crisis is

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Ohio’s High-Tech Opioid Technology Challenge

September 8th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 8, 2017 Updated: October 30, 2020 Photo: Lisa Chamberlain / CC BY-SA 2.0 Ohio has one of the worst addiction problems in the nation. The state has even been called the “face” of the opioid epidemic. Opioid overdose deaths in Ohio increased by an

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The War Against Opioid Addiction in Arizona

September 7th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: September 7, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released its latest data on opioid overdoses in June. The 2016 Arizona Opioid Report showed the highest number of deaths in the state in ten years. In 2016, 790 Arizonans died

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Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise in Pennsylvania

August 30th, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 30, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 Photo: Fran Rogers / CC BY-SA 2.5  Last year, approximately 13 people died each day of a drug-related overdose in Pennsylvania, according to a new report by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the University of Pittsburgh.

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Wisconsin’s Opioid Crisis And What’s Being Done To Combat It

August 21st, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 21, 2017 Updated: January 29, 2020 Photo By: Dori / CC BY 2.5 Like other states in the nation, Wisconsin has been struggling with the impact of the opioid addiction crisis on the lives of its residents. Although 63 of Wisconsin’s 72

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North Texas Sees Rise in Heart Infections due to Drug Misuse

August 18th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 18, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 Texas lost 2,601 people to drug overdoses in 2014, many of them to heroin and other opioid drugs. That year, Dallas County had the second-highest overdose rate for opioids in Texas, after Nueces County. Those are not the only

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Opioid Crisis in Florida’s Miami-Dade County Worsens

August 15th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 15, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 Photo: Don Ramey Logan / CC BY-SA 4.0 Heroin deaths in Miami-Dade reached record level in 2015, with 83 recorded cases. That’s up from 11 in 2011. To deal with the escalating crisis, the county created a task

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Chicago Mayor Emanuel Wants to Increase Access to Addiction Treatment

August 10th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 10, 2017 Updated: December 9, 2020 The number of opioid-related deaths continues to rise in Chicago. In response, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced new plans in July to intensify the city’s efforts to combat the epidemic and increase access to addiction treatment. “The opioid epidemic

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Drug Addiction Leading Cause of Child Removal in Florida’s Duval County

August 7th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: August 7, 2017 Updated: March 18, 2020 Photo: Don Dearing / CC BY-SA 2.0 The number of children being removed from their homes in Northern Florida’s Duval County due to the drug addiction of their parents is increasing at an alarming rate. Lee Kaywork of

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Massachusetts City Adjusts Trailblazing Drug Amnesty Program

July 31st, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: July 31, 2017 Updated: October 30, 2020 Photo: Paul Keleher / CC BY 2.0 Gloucester, the historic fishing city north of Boston, made national headlines in 2015 when it introduced an unprecedented amnesty program that encourages substance users to turn in their drugs to the

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Central Florida Hard Hit by Fentanyl Scourge

July 26th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: July 26, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 Photo: Alvesgaspar / CC BY-SA 3.0 A new report from Florida’s medical examiners found that fentanyl overdose caused more deaths than any other drug in Florida in the first six months of 2016. Compared with the first half of 2015,

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“Crazy Dangerous” Opioid Carfentanil Appears in Houston

July 17th, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: July 17, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 The extremely dangerous opioid carfentanil has been confirmed in Houston prompting immediate protective measures for forensic laboratories, and first responders. According to the Houston Chronicle, a presumed batch of methamphetamine tested by the Houston Forensic Science

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A New Way to Battle Addiction in New Jersey’s Union County

July 17th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: July 17, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 Photo: Donald Siano / CC BY-SA 3.0 There is new hope for people struggling with substance use disorder in New Jersey’s Union County. They can now give up their drugs and choose recovery without fear of getting arrested through a

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Drug Addiction: A “Common Enemy” in Ohio

July 10th, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: July 10, 2017 Updated: January 29, 2020 Photo by: Ynsalh / CC BY-SA 4.0  Ohio is one of three states comprising the heartland of America’s opioid addiction crisis. In 2015, West Virginia (41.5 per 100,000), Kentucky (29.9), and Ohio (29.9) were among the top

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The Addiction Battle in Northern Texas

July 3rd, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: July 3, 2017 Updated: March 22, 2021 The national opioid addiction crisis has not bypassed communities in northern Texas. In 2014, Dallas County had the second-highest overdose rate from opiate addiction in Texas after Nueces County. The situation in Tarrant County was only marginally better

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“Our Neighbors Are Dying” – The Addiction Crisis in New Jersey

June 28th, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: June 28, 2017 Updated: January 29, 2020 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has dedicated the last year of his term in office to tackling the drug addiction crisis in his state. “Our friends are dying. Our neighbors are dying. Our co-workers are dying.

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Opioid Crisis in Southwest Texas: Fentanyl and Carfentanil Posing Threat

June 26th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: June 26, 2017 Updated: January 12, 2021 Photo By: Argash / CC BY-SA 3.0 The national opioid addiction crisis is also affecting neighborhoods in San Antonio. In 2014, Bexar County had the third-highest overdose rate for opiates after Nueces and Dallas Counties. Twenty-one percent of intoxication

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The Link Between Chronic Pain and Addiction in East Texas

June 14th, 2017

By Michael Rass Michael Rass Meet The Editorial Team Published: June 14, 2017 Updated: March 1, 2020 Houston is the seat of the internationally renowned Texas Medical Center, which contains the world’s largest concentration of research and healthcare institutions. More heart surgeries are performed at Texas Medical Center than anywhere else in the world. The

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Pill Mills Resurrecting Across Central Florida

June 6th, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: June 6, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 Photo by Esmerelda Jade / CC BY-SA 4.0 Six years after shutting down most of the infamous pill mills, central Florida is going through another killer drug crisis. For many years, Interstate 75 was a notorious conduit

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First Responders In South Florida Overwhelmed By Opioid Epidemic

May 31st, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: May 31, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 The number of daily opioid overdoses in South Florida is overwhelming the police, reported Public Radio International in April. “Delray Beach is at the epicenter of a South Florida overdose epidemic estimated to have claimed more

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North Florida Hit Hard By Substance Use

May 23rd, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: May 23, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2019 Photo by Johnathan Zander / CC BY 2.0 Substance use in Florida is on the rise as the national opioid epidemic has claimed thousands of lives in Florida. Earlier this month, Governor Rick Scott officially declared a

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The State of the Opioid Crisis in Georgia

April 19th, 2017

By Lakeview Health Staff Lakeview Health Staff Meet The Editorial Team Published: April 19, 2017 Updated: October 30, 2020 Georgia—like many states across the nation—has seen a dramatic increase of drug overdose fatalities in recent years. As elsewhere in the United States, this trend is mostly driven by the misuse of opioids. Of the 1,307

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