FOR FAMILIES

  • Why Your Medicine Cabinet May Be the Most Dangerous Place in Your Home

    With the national opioid epidemic making regular headlines, it’s clear that prescription medication abuse is impacting teens at an alarming rate. It’s important for parents to understand that the family medicine cabinet is now one of our most dangerous drug dealers and that prescription medications can be just as dangerous and addictive as “street drugs.”

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  • Not Your Grandma’s Pot: What Today’s Marijuana is Really Like for Your Teen

    Parents, listen up. Today’s marijuana is not the marijuana of your parents’ generation. We’ve entered a new generation of marijuana production and consumption, and the dangers associated with this drug are momentous.

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  • Addiction Doesn’t Happen in my Neighborhood

    Until recently, drug and alcohol use or addiction was considered a “lower class” affliction. Affluent families were assumed to be immune from the drugs and alcohol thought to plague hard-scrabble neighborhoods. Perhaps this was a byproduct of stereotypes perpetuated in the media, but nonetheless, the misconception persisted.  

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  • At What Age Should I Talk to My Kids about Drugs and Alcohol?

    When children first come into the world, the idea that they may struggle with hard issues such as drug or alcohol abuse is difficult to imagine. Those first few years often fly by, and before you know it you are driving the carpool to middle school. It’s crazy to think that you should be talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol as they head into middle school, but the reality is that if you wait much longer, you will likely be playing catch-up. Statistics show that most kids who use drugs first try them around age 12.

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  • That’s my Kid in There!

    Keeping vigil in a hospital room with a family whose child has recently had a near fatal overdose never gets easier. Ashen-faced parents with trembling hands keep watch, almost too afraid to blink. They sit for hours, even days, cloaked in a quiet resolve to hold that space for their child. I watch family and friends fill the room. Many bring food and gifts for comfort, often because it is easier than knowing what to say.

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  • The Facts on Interventions

    An intervention is an attempt by loved ones to get help for someone who is resistant to seeking treatment for an addiction and/or mental health issues or who may be engaging in self-destructive behaviors. Loved ones connect with a qualified professional who leads a formal, structured meeting to facilitate healing and change.

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  • Intervention and Treatment: A Guide to Ethical Practice

    As addiction continues to wreak havoc on this country, the need for effective treatment options grows. But without a governing body for the treatment center/Interventionist industry, unethical providers and facilities are widespread, leaving addicts vulnerable and making it harder for them to get the help they so desperately need.

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  • Respectful Adolescent Transports: Principles and Dynamics

    At Heather R. Hayes & Associates, we believe that adolescent transport should be compassionate, safe, and trauma-informed. As a result, we have developed a Respectful Adolescent Transport Protocol ® to support families throughout the transport process.

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  • Trauma-Informed Transports: A Healing Approach

    Trauma is not a new concept. We have studied it for years but until recently, the subject has been relegated to a select group of individuals – survivors of catastrophes, war, or violent crime. The reality is that trauma is pervasive in our society and many individuals behaving in challenging and confusing ways are often struggling with the impact of trauma.

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  • Opiate Addiction Treatment

    Opiate addiction treatment helps individuals addicted to hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, heroin and more detox from addiction and overcome the mental, emotional, physical, and psychological aspects involved. Heather R. Hayes & Associates can help you find the right opiate addiction treatment for you and your loved ones.

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  • Mood Disorder Treatment

    Mood disorders include depression, bipolar disorder, and more which impact an individual's mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Mood disorder treatment teaches individuals how to effectively manage these complex conditions. We help individuals and families find the right treatment based on the unique needs of the client.

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  • Mental Health Disorder Treatment

    Mental health disorder treatment helps those suffering from any of the many common, yet serious mental illnesses which impact an estimated 54 million Americans every year. Mental illness, despite its name, also involves physical, emotional, and social wellbeing, all of which must be addressed for lasting recovery.

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  • Eating Disorder Treatment

    Eating disorders impact people of all ages, including men, women, and children. Eating disorder treatment helps individuals suffering from this severe condition overcome the complex physical, emotional, and psychological challenges involved in disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and more.

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  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment

    Often, an individual may be suffering from more than one serious condition simultaneously. These are called co-occuring disorders and may include multiple addictions, addiction and mental illness, or co-dependent disorders. Dual diagnosis identifies both conditions, allowing individuals to address all aspects of health and wellbeing.

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  • Substance Abuse Treatment Planning

    Drug and substance abuse recovery gives individuals the tools and knowledge needed to overcome addiction and restore all aspects of wellbeing. We help individuals and families to locate the right treatment for their needs.

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  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment Planning: Paving the Path to Recovery

    Alcohol abuse and addiction treatment address the physical dependence on alcohol as well as underlying conditions such as depression, anxiety, and more. We help clients find the right treatment for individuals and loved ones.

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  • Addiction Treatment Planning

    Addiction treatment addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects that contribute to substance abuse and dependence. We help clients find treatment that addresses all aspects of addiction for lasting recovery.

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