I want to break down some of the stigma associated with mental illness. ~Gail Porter
When Mental Illness Meets Drug Rehab Center
Mental Illness has had such a stigma for so many years. I believe it has to do with ignorance to the true definition, the old tales of the rubber rooms, and of course family secrecy. I am so proud to be a part of a movement that is taking a stand publicly in wanting to educate our community even on a National Level. Mental Illness is not only the schizophrenia patient, it’s the ADD, and Anxiety patient as well. Its the 6th grade student whose palms sweat when they get to school because of fear driven by anxiety; its the 9th grader who is frustrated because they have a brilliant brain and just need some help sorting out their day; its the business executive that is trying to concentrate on the tasks that have been assigned; its the mom who can’t get out of bed because of the depression that revels in her mind, body and soul. How about the movie star who’s manic phases need to be addressed so they can finish the role on the big screen? Yes, mental illness, like addiction, does not discriminate. Early diagnosis and treatment of Mental Illness can not only save lives, it can save someone from going down the path of addiction.
~The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) reports that there is a “definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances” and that mental health disorder patients are responsible for the consumption of: 38 percent of alcohol; 44 percent of cocaine ;40 percent of cigarettes. NBER also reports that people who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder at some point in their lives are responsible for the consumption of: 69 percent of alcohol; 84 percent of cocaine; 68 percent of cigarettes. There’s clearly a connection between substance abuse and mental health disorders.~ dualdiagnosis.org.
If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction and believe mental illness is involved, Destin Recovery leads the way as a drug rehab center focused on co-occurring disorders. Two medical doctors and a psychologist are directly involved in the patients’ treatment. Our doctors are available and share many years of experience and recovery between them. The staff is not only educated, but carry hearts bigger than the ocean. You will also meet others in recovery, like myself. I am grateful daily for my recovery from addiction, depression and ADD while also incorporating exercise and sound nutrition. My program of recovery, like others, requires my daily participation and without that we become a statistic. The drug rehab center is a beach-front safe haven where patients are made to feel like family whether they suffer from addiction alone or have co-occurring disorders.
Dr. Reeves is co-founder and medical director of Destin Recovery Addiction Treatment Center which has been featured on the A&E Network show Intervention. He is owner of South Walton Medical Clinic and is on staff as the Addiction Specialist at Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast. He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been Board Certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Addiction Medicine. After practicing as a vascular surgeon for fourteen years in the US Navy and serving as Head of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego, he entered private practice in 2002. Because of a long-standing passion, he began caring for patients with addiction issues in addition to his vascular work. He is now focused entirely on Addiction Medicine.
Written by Amy Cooper.
IMAC- Internationally Certified masters addicted coach that envelopes recovery, food, gambling and family coaching; nationally certified in advanced clinical intervention (NCACIP) Amy also facilitate court ordered anger management and parenting classes. Amy founded a non-profit in 2012 called Faith at the Beach and works with the Kelly Gorman Watson Women’s Center since 2015. With seven years of sobriety Amy is an accomplished writer on addiction and is currently assisting persons afflicted with addiction at Destin Recovery