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Meet Regina! Meet November’s spotlight employee Regina Geeter! Regina is MRC’s Nurse and has been working with our youth and adult patients for 11 years. She provides compassionate care to each person at our facility and you will always find her with a smile on her face! Regina is a valued member of our team and is truly helping us make a difference!
One of the issues with the current opioid epidemic is that people aren’t placing a lot of emphasis on other addictions. In some cases, people minimize other drugs because of the devastating number of overdoses as a result of opioid abuse. The reality is that cocaine is an extremely dangerous drug as well, and thousands of people die from it each year. If you have a loved one who may have a problem, it’s important for you to know the signs of cocaine addiction. Psychological Signs of Cocaine Addiction and Withdrawal When someone actively abuses cocaine, you’ll see quite a ... Read more
Addiction is a strong epidemic in the United States today. While many people believe this issue is only with opioids, it’s much worse than that. Drug addiction statistics show us some troubling trends about how many people this severe illness affects. The good news is that if you’re struggling with an addiction, you’re not alone and there is hope through treatment. Drug Addiction Statistics and Youth Young people are highly susceptible to addiction based on a wide range of variables. First and foremost, young people have an underdeveloped prefrontal cortex, which puts them more at risk. This part of the ... Read more
No one argues with the fact that drug addiction is a serious issue. However, there’s plenty of debate around one specific question: Is drug addiction a disease? By and large, the answer is yes. Below are some of the more compelling reasons to consider addiction a disease. Much of Addiction is Genetic Some people still argue that addiction is a choice or a moral flaw of some kind. However, experts can dismiss this argument with a single fact. Addiction is largely genetic. This means that some individuals are inherently more likely to struggle with addiction. There’s a pre-existing characteristic in ... Read more
Meet Audrey! Meet October’s spotlight employee Audrey Burtman! Audrey began working at MRC last August and plays a vital role in our Youth Program. She wears many hats and is a valuable team player ensuring that our patients our taken care of each day. We are so grateful to have Audrey working with our youth!
Even when you’re aware that substance abuse is a problem for a loved one, recognizing an addiction isn’t always easy. It’s also tricky because the symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction can be unique to the substance as well as the individual. Overall, however, these three signs of addiction can help you spot a problem before it develops further. 1. Unexplained Physical Changes To a friend or family member, the physical changes that addiction causes may be some of the easiest to spot. While a person may be able to hide depression or liver damage, they can’t hide rapid weight ... Read more
When people suffer from addiction, they can seek help at a variety of rehab centers around the country. However, Tennessee has some of the best rehab centers in the nation. The benefits of a Tennessee rehab center are many. In some cases, people travel from across the country just to take advantage of them. Gender-Specific Treatment Many Tennessee rehab centers offer gender-specific treatment. Studies show that it’s essential for getting the most out of rehab. These programs separate men and women into groups. Gender-specific environments allow them to explore issues and triggers that are more common with their gender. Unlike unisex ... Read more
Meet Linda! Meet September’s spotlight employee Linda Pastori! Linda began working at MRC 21 years ago and we are so grateful for the work that she does everyday. As our Finance Director, she works hard behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. Linda is a valued member of our team and is truly helping us make a difference in our patients’ lives.
People often think that alcohol dependence and addiction are the same. However, these are two different conditions. While some rehab clinics use similar treatment options for both, the brain handles addiction and dependency differently. Knowing the difference between the two can really help people in the long run. Dependence vs Addiction Different parts of the brain are responsible for dependence and addiction. The reward pathway is responsible for addiction. For dependence, however, the brainstem and thalamus handle the responsibility. Since different areas of the brain are responsible for each condition, it’s possible to suffer from both simultaneously. Suffering from both ... Read more
Meet Tony! Meet August’s spotlight employee Tony Hampton! Tony began working at MRC 7 years ago as a Program Monitor and is now the Program Manager for our Youth Development Program. He is always working hard with staff and patients to “keep the engine running”. Tony does a fantastic job working with our youth boys and we are so grateful to have him on our team!