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Missouri becomes last state to create drug monitoring program

by Chris Regnier Missouri is no longer the only state in the country without a prescription drug monitoring program. Governor Greitens signed an executive order establishing the program statewide. At one point, Greitens got emotional, remembering his cousin who died of a heroin overdose last year. The ceremony took place at the Express Scripts Innovation and Technology Center in north county. Greitens calls opioids a “modern plague” and says Missouri`s program is groundbreaking. Greitens says the state Department of Health and Senior Services is teaming up with private companies including Express Scripts to target those who are making the opioid problem worse by the way they are prescribing pills. “When we have a small number of bad actors who’ve been prescribing more pills than they should we need to take action. And there are individuals out there who prey on addicts, who pump out prescriptions for pills that they know could cost lives. But before today they were unseen and...Read More >

TMS Therapy at Center Pointe Hospital

KMOV 4 discussing the signs of depression and how to help.

You are cordially invited to attend a Behavioral Health Lecture

When: Friday, July 28, 2017 Topic: Oppression—A Trauma Informed Perspective Presenter: Danny Gladden, MBA, MSW, LCSW Behavioral Health Response Time: Lecture 8am—9:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast begin at 7:30am LOCATION: CenterPointe Hospital Gym (tallest bldg. toward back/right side of campus) 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles (Weldon Spring), MO 63304 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Oppression continues to be a daily part of American culture and barriers experienced by op-pressed populations can have an overwhelming impact on their emotional and psychological wellbeing. Many persons experience cumulative incidents of oppression as traumatic. These traumas often manifest functional, emotional and psychological disturbances. Providers working with individuals from oppressed populations should engage these individuals through a trauma in-formed lens. CEUs: 1.5 CEUs for Social Work and Addiction Counseling. A Certificate of Attendance verifying 1.5 clock hours will be awarded for other disciplines to submit to their licensing boards. RSVP: 636-477-2157 or Email There is NO COST to attend this educational activity! About the Presenter: Danny...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital Participates in St. Louis PrideFest Parade 2017

St. Charles, MO: On Sunday, June 25, 2017, CenterPointe Hospital participated in the St. Louis PrideFest Parade in downtown St. Louis with the theme, “CenterPointe Hospital Celebrates Diversity.” At its core, the Pride movement is about protecting, empowering, and celebrating each and every member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Pride is a community-based organization that envisions a world where diversity can be celebrated and prejudice has been eliminated, values shared by CenterPointe Hospital. CenterPointe Hospital is a 150-bed private, psychiatric hospital serving the behavioral health needs of adolescents, adults, and senior adults in the Greater Louis Metro area and throughout the country. Inpatient and outpatient treat-ment services are available at the St. Charles facility, and outpatient services are provided at multiple locations through-out the Greater St. Louis Metro and Mid-Missouri areas. The Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center at CenterPointe Hospital provides the region’s only private residential addiction treatment programs for adults, along with partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and medication-assisted recovery programs....Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital Hosts Lecture on Art Therapy & Advocacy in Domestic Violence

On Friday, June 23, 2017 Ebony Williams, Family Specialist Advocate and Rosemary Barnes Pratt, Art Therapist, both from Lydia’s House, presented on the use of art therapy and advocacy with individuals and families affected by domestic violence to an audience of nearly 200 at CenterPointe Hospital. Williams and Pratt provided an overview of domestic violence, the mental health needs of survivors and how advocacy and art therapy provide awareness, resources and tools for a healthy life. Lydia’s House is a residential facility that provides a safe and caring home for women and children after they leave the emergency shelter. The staff of Lydia’s House provide parenting classes, support groups and advocacy services that include financial, legal, educational and housing assistance. Art therapy uses art media to help individuals explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem, which are essential goals in helping women and children heal from domestic violence. CenterPointe Hospital is a 150-bed private,...Read More >

CenterPointe Hospital’s Dr. Javed Qasim Interviewed by FOX 2 St. Louis: Prescription Pain Medication Among the Elderly

Prescription Pain Medication in the Elderly How serious is the problem? Missourians 65 years of age or older make up only 13% of the population, yet they consume approximately 33% of all prescription drugs. Why are seniors more at risk? Seniors are at risk for falls, broken bones, aches, pains anxiety, and slowing bodily functioning, and too often, the solution is the proverbial prescription pad. Growing older slows down the liver‘s ability to filter medicines out of your body. This means that an older adult might become addicted to or have side effects from a prescription drug at a lower dose than a younger adult. What are the most commonly abused prescription drugs? Elderly adults commonly take two types of medicines that have a high potential for addiction: – Opioids are prescription drugs used to control pain (OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin) – Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, or insomnia (Valium, Xanax, Ativan). Other prescription drugs used...Read More >

In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related Issues

By Joel Achenbach and Dan Keating The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year. The 2014 numbers, the latest available for every state and the District of Columbia, reflect a 64 percent increase for inpatient care and a 99 percent jump for emergency room treatment compared to figures from 2005. Their trajectory likely will keep climbing if the epidemic continues unabated. The report, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), puts Maryland at the very top of the national list for inpatient care. The state, already struggling with overdoses from heroin and prescription opioids, has seen the spread of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which can be mixed with heroin or cocaine and is extraordinarily powerful. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) this year declared a state of emergency in response to the crisis. A state report released this month...Read More >

Announcing! June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a disease that is often misunderstood. Click on the link for information and different ways to support research: Also, learn about CenterPointe Hospital’s Silver Lining Program “Transforming the way older adults are treated for mental health” Providing inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs for Seniors Click on the link below for more information on Silver Lining

CenterPointe Hospital Interviewed by FOX 2 News on How Trauma Impacts Addiction

ST. LOUIS, MO– We know opioid, prescription pain and heroin addiction is on the rise. St. Louis has a high quality treatment option with CenterPointe Hospital, which specializes in treating a ‘dual-diagnosis.’ A dual diagnosis is a unique approach to treatment, which sometimes also includes treating both mental health issues like anxiety/depression and addiction. Medical Director, Dr. Raafia Malik and Clinical Supervisor, Candy Finan explain. Many individuals suffering from addiction also have an underlying mental health issue, such as trauma, that makes the individual susceptible to and seek the psychological numbing effects of drugs and alcohol. Traumas may be as varied as the individuals themselves, and can include both conscious and unconscious memories, such as: Impact of military combat/war related experiences Accidents, serious injuries and illnesses Painful medical procedures Natural disasters, including floods, fires, tornadoes Loss of a loved one, even a pet Emotional, physical or sexual abuse Abandonment and neglect Domestic violence Intergenerational or cultural trauma In order to...Read More >

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