How Mental Health Isn’t All in Your Head: The Physical Effects of Mental Illness

The relationship between physical health and mental health

In the health care industry, physical health and mental health have often been treated as distinct concepts. What affects a person’s mental health has no bearing on their physical status, or at least, this has been the prevailing thought. At FHE Health, we have a unique perspective and a different viewpoint. As a facility that treats addiction, we don’t think… Read More

The Unique Challenges & Needs of Pregnant Addicts, and How to Better Support Them

How to support pregnant addicts

Substance abuse during pregnancy is a devastating problem for many people today. The National Institutes on Drug Abuse believe about 5 percent of pregnant women use some type of addictive substance during their pregnancy. Many of these mothers simply cannot stop their addiction due to the chemical dependency the substances cause. The results can bring devastating changes to the health of… Read More

Healthcare Costs, Narcan, and Memes

Healthcare Costs Narcan and Memes

There’s a kind of meme that has proliferated across the internet, one you’ve probably seen in some form. A typical example says: “If a kid has a life-threatening allergic reaction, the parents have to pay a ridiculous price for an EpiPen. But a junkie who OD’s for the 15th time gets Narcan for free? Seriously?” For many people battling drug addiction, access to Narcan can be essential. Undoubtedly,… Read More

The 5th Vital Sign: How Treating Pain Contributed to the Opioid Epidemic

How treating pain contributed to the opioid epidemic

In medicine, there are four key vital signs: temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure. However, in many ways, pain is often seen as a phantom fifth vital sign. After all, a doctor’s oath quite literally states “First, do no harm,” and what is more harmful than pain? As such, keeping patients pain-free and comfortable has become a central… Read More

The Accidental “Scooby Snack”: What to Do If Your Pet Ate Your Drugs

What to do if your pet ate drugs?

Owning a pet can be a wonderful addition to your life, providing a companion and a friend that offers support in a way human relationships often can’t match. Pets have a lot to offer, with clinically proven benefits like increased fitness, lower stress levels and brighter moods. Despite the bond you have with your pet, however, providing information can be a… Read More

State of the Debate: Probing the Needle Exchange Question

Should cities establish needle exchange programs to encourage those using drugs to avoid sharing needles?

Should cities establish needle exchange programs to encourage those using drugs to avoid sharing needles? What about the use of safe injection locations throughout cities? There is a significant amount of debate about whether these programs are beneficial and who should pay for them. Perhaps the best way to understand their outcome is to take a closer look… Read More

America’s Response to Opioids: Rising to the Challenge?

How is America responding to the opioid crisis?

Opioids are one of the biggest threats to Americans today, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse makes clear in a recent report. As of January 2019, over 130 people die every day using opioids. This includes drugs such as prescription painkillers and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl and heroin. Consider it from a financial point of view. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and… Read More

Truth in Fiction: Netflix’s “Flaked” And the Facts of Addiction

Flaked on Netflix - and facts about addiction

Flaked, about an alcoholic man in Venice Beach, California, follows Chip and a group his friends and acquaintances as they attempt to navigate very real problems in what has become a very idealized community. The character Chip, written, directed and acted by Will Arnett of Arrested Development fame, has a complicated background marked by deception, and certain events occur in the first season… Read More

Delray Beach Tackles the Opioid Crisis

How Delray Beach tackles the opioid Crisis

Opioid addiction continues to be a growing problem throughout the United States. The epidemic, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has cost 700,000 lives from 1999 through 2017. In 2017 alone, there were 70,200 drug overdose deaths across the country — 68 percent related to opioid use. Each day, 130 people die from such an overdose. The numbers… Read More