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The Importance of Documentation

March 10, 2017

By Phillip Smith, Student at The Academy

Documentation plays a crucial role in any treatment setting. Documentation helps assure continuity of care. There are many important moments in treatment. Proper documentation can help the practitioner to recall those moments. Behaviors and emotions can help tell a story; being able to discover patterns can help to uncover reasons for certain behavior. Documentation is a very simple tool to help any practitioner is unveiling patterns. It can help track the progress in addressing thought patterns and unhealthy behaviors. If a practitioner isn’t utilizing the tool of documentation it would prove to be very difficult to make continual progress on any one area, let alone multiple areas.

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The Importance of a Multi-disciplinary Approach to Service Coordination

February 28, 2017

by Maria Distefano, Student at The Academy

Have you ever witnessed a person make a complete change in their life for the better? Have you ever wondered how they did it and where the help came from? There is usually a reasonable explanation for everything in life and I am here to tell you about something more specific. The treatment process in substance abuse and/or mental disorders is not an easy road, but with the right team of professionals, recovery is possible. In this writing, I am going to explain what each persons role is and how beneficial it is to the individual seeking help.

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What Does Recovery Mean to You?

September 22, 2016

September 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:

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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 (South Florida Location) 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.