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What Does Recovery Mean to You?

September 22, 2016

recovery-month-planning-partnerSeptember is National Recovery Month, a program sponsored and administered by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). As planning partners for Recovery Month, all of us here at The Academy for Addiction Professionals have an overarching goal of bringing awareness to drug and alcohol abuse, as well as assisting to those in recovery, any way we can.

But how do we promote awareness about recovery? How do we most effectively help when the specific definition of recovery is so vague? First, we must ask ourselves a simple question: “What does recovery mean?”

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Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity

July 25, 2016

Most people in the behavioral health industry know what the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is, and those who are not aware will probably look at you as if you have five heads. It can be a complex topic, but nonetheless important.

The law was enacted in 2008 and does not require a plan to offer MH/SUD benefits; however, if the plan does offer these benefits, it must offer the same benefits with the other medical and surgical benefits it covers.

An example of a parity requirement is the frequency of office visits. Under this law, patients are not limited to medically necessary appointments. Under plans that require equal benefits that follow Parity, you can’t limit a patient’s number of office visits for counseling sessions, just as you wouldn’t limit the number of emergency room visits or any other major medical care.

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New DCF Rules Regarding Referrals to Recovery Residences

July 19, 2016

The Department of Children and Families of Florida (DCF) has recently implemented sweeping changes to the rules governing referrals to recovery residences. DCF has mandated that in order for addiction treatment centers to legally refer a client to a recovery residence, the residence must be FARR Certified. In order to attain the FARR certification, the recovery residence must have at least one CRRA (Certified Recovery Residence Administrator) on staff. A Certified Recovery Residence Administrator is responsible for the overall management of a recovery residence, including supervision of residents and paid or volunteer staff.

The Academy for Addiction Professionals offers a five-part CRRA education course that satisfies Florida Certification Board educational requirements. Click below for more information about how you can enroll to get the classes needed for Certification through our online course portal:

What You May Experience When a Loved One Is In Treatment

May 4, 2016

Getting a loved one into treatment can be a relief to months or years of agony and worry about their well-being. After all, treatment represents a safe environment in which to move toward sobriety and normalcy. However, addiction does not vanish when a client enters treatment. Therapy is hard and clients must reinvent themselves and their relationships – no easy task. The following are some common situations that you may encounter when a loved one is in treatment.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Drug Rehab Aftercare – For Families

April 20, 2016


Addiction is a disease for which we do not yet have a cure. Detox and subsequent behavioral counseling is the most effective means of maintaining a clean future, however nothing in the world of addiction is guaranteed and addicts will fight their disease for the rest of their lives. As family members, you will play an important role in your loved one’s aftercare and long-term recovery. Here are some pointers to help guide you in your new relationship:

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How Long Should Addiction Treatment Last?

April 1, 2016


It’s a question that most families, and their loved ones suffering from substance abuse, ask – how long does a typical course of substance abuse treatment last? There is no specific number to answer that question — it all depends on the individual. After all, each client has a different set of challenges, beliefs and needs. The specific substance of abuse, along with quantity, frequency and history of use all contribute to the time it will take to receive appropriate care.

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Naloxone – The New, Lifesaving Drug?

February 1, 2016

The opiate overdose epidemic has hit home on every level. On one hand, the news and entertainment industries have finally given the issue the respect and coverage it deserves. On the other hand, the problem has become so severe that it would be almost impossible to ignore. From the inner city to affluent suburbs (See our blog post on heroin 2.0) the problem is growing…fast.

Naloxone, also known by its trade name Narcan, has emerged as the first line of defense in the fight against opioid overdose. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, a compound which essentially binds to the opioid receptors of the brain, keeping the opioids themselves at bay. Naloxone itself does not cause a high, nor can it be abused.

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Ben Brafman on “Fox & Friends”

January 25, 2016

Ben Brafman, President and CEO of Destination Hope, visits the “Fox & Friends” studio to discuss The Academy for Addiction Professionals and his age-specific and gender-specific programs on their national morning show. Check out the segment below:

Narcan Education & Information Session

January 18, 2016

The Academy for Addiction Professionals invites you to a Narcan Education and Information Session

When: Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 10am until 12pm
Where: Palm Beach County SubstanceAwareness Coalition located at 2300 High Ridge Rd. Boynton Beach, FL 33426.

The session will be led by Micah Robbins, the Director of Special Projects for the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, Chad Sabora, Founder of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, and Justin Kunzelman with Rebel Recovery in Florida. This session will be followed by a Narcan Training, which will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

What is it and who is leading the training?

Narcan (Naloxone) is an injectable that is used to treat narcotic overdose in emergency situations. The training will be lead by Dr. Jay Kuchera, a graduate of the University of Florida School of Medicine. He served his internship at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital and is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He is also a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Kuchera will be training on when Narcan (Naloxone) should be administered, the proper use of Narcan and why it is important for family members, government officials, and treatment professionals to be educated on Narcan, as well as why they should have Narcan available in an emergency situation. This session and training is open to anyone. Attendees typically include law enforcement and government officials, mothers, fathers and all family members of those affected by addiction, professionals in the field including counselors, therapists, sober living owners, treatment center managers or owners, nurses, and social workers.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered by The Academy for Addiction Professionals. More details to follow. Admission to this information session is complimentary, but space is limited. Attendance is on a first come, first serve basis. You must register by emailing the Program Director Shira Ackerman with the names of all attendees.

The Effectiveness (If Any) of E-Therapy

December 28, 2015


E-Therapy represents the latest in access to care for the scores of Americans that suffer from mental illness, but do not have appropriate or accessible care nearby. The concept, in its most basic form, is to conduct a professional course of therapy remotely – without face to face contact. This can include screening, assessment and creating a treatment plan along with the structured treatment itself. Proponents of e-therapy righty state that it can reduce costs and increase access for millions of Americans. Critics, also with legitimate opinions, have concerns that there is a lot we still do not know about e-therapy and how effective or appropriate it may be for patients.

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The Academy for Addiction Professionals is a leading addiction professional training center and an approved education provider for both the Florida Certification Board (FCB) and NAADAC. We offer interactive in-class (2 South Florida locations) and online training courses for the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) and Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) levels of certification as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development programs.