Heather R. Hayes April News & Happenings
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April 2021
April has been a tough month for me personally as I lost my beloved horse, Nick O' Time. Nick walked by my side for over 20 years, and I count myself truly blessed to have had such a loyal, wonderful friend to experience so much with.

April has also been an incredible month in many ways. I was honored to have been asked by 11Alive to give my input on police action when dealing with mental health crises. Also, I'm pleased to say that Lindsay Lohan's father's arrest for patient brokering has increased awareness of this abhorrent practice. Georgia has also just passed Senate Bill 4, which denotes another state's enforcing the code of ethics I so strongly espouse.
Wishing you all a happy and safe month ahead, 
Monthly Blog Round-Up
The following is a round-up of our monthly blogs in case you missed any on our social media pages.
What Parents Fear Most

According to a survey conducted of over 1500 American parents, fear of their children's substance and alcohol use greatly overshadowed concerns around crime, terrorism, economic collapse, and war. Nearly half of American teens have used illicit substances by the time they are in 12th grade, and one in three have used alcohol in the past month....

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Understanding Burnout

Burnout is a chronic condition that can leave people feeling exhausted, unfulfilled, and unable to cope with modern life’s demands. Although burnout is not a classified medical condition, it is one of the most common psychological issues suffered by adults today due to chronic long-term stress. Burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, reduced personal accomplishment, and feelings of cynicism.
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ADHD in Adults 

It was not until the late 60s that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) formally recognized ADHD as a mental disorder, and it took many more years before it was widely recognized and understood within society. We now understand that this is a life-long disorder in which coping strategies can help reduce symptoms as a child grows into adulthood. Persistence rates, however, vary, ranging from 6%to 30% and perhaps even higher.
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Bereavement and Mental Health

“Each person’s grief is as unique as their fingerprint. But what everyone has in common is that no matter how they grieve, they share a need for their grief to be witnessed. That doesn’t mean needing someone to try to lessen it or reframe it for them. The need is for someone to be fully present to the magnitude of their loss without trying to point out the silver lining.” ~ David Kessler. 
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This month, it gives us great pleasure to introduce another fabulous member of the Heather R. Hayes team. Kathryn Baxter is our Clinical Case Manager, working with families and individuals as they are transitioning out of residential treatment. 
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How to Lower Your Child’s Risk for Addiction

By Anna Schecter, NBC News

Lindsay Lohan’s father has been arrested for alleged “patient brokering,” meaning he is accused of bringing addicts to drug treatment centers in Florida in exchange for illegal kickbacks.

Michael Lohan, 60, was booked Friday and is the latest in more than 100 people arrested as part of a Palm Beach County probe of the treatment industry led by State Attorney Dave Aronberg. He faces five counts of patient brokering and one count of attempted patient brokering, according to the documents.

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Overdose deaths hit record in West Virginia

AP News

The number of fatal drug overdoses in West Virginia hit a record last year, according to preliminary state data showing at least 1,275 residents died.

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The increase comes after two years of declining numbers in a state often called the epicenter of the national drug crisis..

The new numbers are a 25% increase from the 1,019 overdose deaths in 2017, which previously was the only year overdose deaths exceeded 1,000 people in West Virginia.

The overdose data was compiled from death certificates certified by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer and are not final, meaning numbers could rise.

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