How Today’s Treatments Spell “Hope” for Those With Schizophrenia

Hope for Those with Schizophrenia

What Is Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness characterized by an inability to distinguish reality from fantasy. People with schizophrenia must take antipsychotic medications to reduce symptom severity. Although an exact cause of schizophrenia has yet to be determined, psychiatrists and neuroscientists believe that excess dopamine in the brain from the misfiring of neurons responsible for regulating dopamine produces psychotic features… Read More

The Definitive Guide to a Safe & Comfortable Detox from Drugs and Alcohol: Expert Opinion

Charlotte Dardanello - Director of Nursing

Medically supervised detox is an important and necessary first step towards recovery from drug or alcohol addiction— yet the process, even in an inpatient residential setting, can also be scary for anyone who has become physically and psychologically dependent on one or more substances. One of the more common fears: that withdrawal will be painful and uncomfortable. Read… Read More

Meet Our New National Director of Strategic Development Melissa Townes

Since joining FHE Health’s business development team on May 29, our new National Director of Strategic Development Melissa Townes has hit the ground running. Her first project: recruiting a national team of “National Strategic Development Representatives,” who will be stationed in key regions of the country with the goal of building new relationships with potential referral partners (therapists,… Read More

How Drug Use Impacts Your Family: An Intimate Look at the Fallout of Addiction

How Drug Use Impacts Your Family - An Intimate Look at the fallout of addiction

People who take drugs often tell themselves their addiction doesn’t affect anyone other than themselves. Consumed by alcohol or drug abuse, the user typically doesn’t see how their behavior has far-reaching impacts. According to the Chicago Tribune, drug use by family members not only affects the abuser and their life, but also the lives of family and everyone around… Read More

Drug Profile: Ayahuasca

Drug Profile - Ayahuasca

The indigenous people of the Amazon basin traditionally consumed ayahuasca as medicine in spiritual ceremonies. The drug has several different names throughout Brazil and the northern part of South America, including “ayawaska,” “caapi,” “cipo,” “natem” and “shori.” The first known use dates back to 1000 C.E. based on a discovery of ayahuasca residue in a Bolivian cave. Christian… Read More

An Essential Survival Guide for Your First Weeks Sober

FHE Health blog - An essential survival guide for the first few weeks sober

Staying sober is one of the most challenging steps you’ll take on the path to long-term success. The rate of relapse is high, as much as 40 percent according to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. Yet, with the right tool kit and resources, you may find it’s possible for you to stay the course. The Seriousness of Early Recovery Take… Read More

Step 11 of A.A.: How to Deepen Your Connection with a Higher Power

Step 11: How to Deepen your connection with a higher power

In Step 10 the 12 steps of programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, you’re taught the value of looking internally and trying to react to the world with grace and humility. This makes Step 11 a natural next phase in recovery. After finding the grace to admit your wrongs, this motif of humility continues as you embrace… Read More

Signs That Body Modification May Be Becoming an Addiction

Signs that Body Modification is an addiction

While once rare and unusual, body modification is now a part of mainstream American culture. Piercings can be placed almost anywhere: what was once limited to primarily the earlobe has now evolved, with options for the lips, nose, cheeks, and chin, as well as more unusual piercing choices, like corset piercings. Tattoos are also far more common than they were decades… Read More

Mississippi’s Overdose Deaths Could Overwhelm Crime Labs, Beg Reforms

Mississippi's Overdose Deaths - Could Overwhelm Crime Labs Beg Reforms

Every state has its attractions and Mississippi is no exception. From mouthwatering food like delicious Gulf shrimp and sweet potato pie to the glory of Ole Miss, the state has no shortage of traditions to be proud of. Not to mention the beauty of the Mississippi River herself, one of the world’s longest rivers, which has provided sustenance… Read More

Mental Health Warning Signs Everyone Should Know

Mental Health Warning Signs Everyone Should Know - FHE Blog

Most people know it’s a good idea to see the dentist for a toothache or a doctor for the flu, but many of these same people allow signs of mental health problems to go unchecked in themselves and others. This decision to ignore mental health is often unintentional. Perhaps you aren’t aware of how many people are affected,… Read More