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Heroin, fentanyl overdose deaths increase at alarming rate

by Gary A. Enos, Editor Overdose deaths involving heroin and synthetic opioids continued to rise sharply in 2015, while an increase in overdose deaths from prescription opioids occurred at a slower rate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Dec. 8. The overall number of opioid overdose deaths rose to 33,091 last year, compared with 28,647 deaths in 2014. Some of these deaths involved both illicit and prescription opioids. Heroin overdose deaths increased by 23% in 2015, to 12,990. Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone increased by a staggering 73%, to 9,580, with most of these deaths attributed to illicit fentanyl. Prescription opioid overdose deaths, conversely, increased by only 4% in 2015, to 17,536. Federal officials suggest that efforts to curb prescription drug misuse have had an effect. “Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl are intertwined and deeply troubling problems,” said CDC director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH. “We need to...Read More >

How to Care for Yourself During the Holidays

Holiday blues range from mild sadness during the holidays to severe depression. This sadness or depression can be prevented, and if it’s already present, it can be eased. To help prevent and deal with holiday blues, follow these tips: Prevention Basic Good Health • Eat right, avoid too much sugar and fat • Get plenty of rest • Exercise regularly • Limit alcohol consumption Set Realistic Goals • Organize your time • Make lists • Prioritize • Make a budget and follow it • Delegate • Don’t overdo Healthy Coping Strategies • Give yourself a break – you don’t have to be “perfect” • Accept help from others • Listen to your inner voice especially when you start to feel overwhelmed • Share your concerns with others • Experience your feelings – it is okay to feel sad • Allow yourself time alone • Be innovative, create new traditions and ways to celebrate • Enjoy activities that are free •...Read More >

Cottleville/Weldon Spring Chamber of Commerce Holds Ribbon Cutting for CenterPointe Hospital TMS Suite

The Cottleville/Weldon Spring Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for CenterPointe Hospital’s newly expanded Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Suite on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at CenterPointe Hospital 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway, St. Charles (Weldon Spring). Donald Licklider, Mayor of Weldon Spring, along with Susan Mathis, CEO CenterPointe Hospital; Dr. Satish Kulkarni, Medical Director of the TMS Program; and Annie Farley, TMS Coordinator, led the ribbon cutting which was attended by nearly 100 visitors and CenterPointe Hospital personnel. After the Ribbon Cutting, an Open House and tour of the TMS suite was made available for visitors to learn more about this state-of-the-art form of treatment. This advanced form of treatment uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain and improve symptoms of depression and other treatment resistant disorders. TMS is a FDA approved therapy and is designed to help individuals who have not achieved relief through pharmacotherapy return to their routine activities and feel like themselves again.  ...Read More >

Addiction Treatment at CenterPointe

If you or someone you care about has difficulty with alcohol or drug misuse … CENTERPOINTE CAN HELP. OFFERING A FULL CONTINUUM OF CARE • Detoxification • 4-Week Residential Treatment (or as indicated) • Dual Diagnosis (Addiction & Mental Health Treatment) • Intensive Outpatient Program/Partial Hospitalization • Medication-Assisted Recovery • Family Services • Aftercare The St. Louis Metro Area’s Only Private Treatment Services for Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Treatment CenterPointe Hospital 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles (Weldon Spring), MO 63304 800-345-5407 Toll Free 636-477-2136 Admissions Outpatient Locations in: St. Charles • St. Peters • West County • South County Washington, MO • Columbia, MO Most Major Insurances and Medicare Accepted

National Depression Screening Day – Thursday, October 6, 2016

CenterPointe Hospital will participate in National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), on Thursday, October 6, 2016 to raise awareness and screen individuals for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. NDSD is the nation’s oldest voluntary, community-based screening program that gives access to validated screening questionnaires and provides referral information for treatment. This year our focus is on suicide awareness and timely intervention and learning the part that we all can play in recognizing warning signs and taking the correct action steps to help a friend or loved one in need. Please join us this National Depression Screening Day and help us spread the word to increase awareness of mental health. WHERE: CenterPointe Hospital 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles, MO 63304 WHEN: NDSD is October 6, 2016 from 8am to 8pm, but depression screenings are available 24/7 throughout the year. HOW: Thousands of organizations register to host an NDSD event each year. The organizations, which include hospitals, community centers, social...Read More >

Register Now for Fall Conference on Teen Suicide Prevention – October 12, 2016

CenterPointe Hospital on KLPW 1120AM segment on PTSD

Steven May, who is a therapist at CPH South County, was joined on the phone with Major Jeremy Riegel in studio on KLPW 1220AM. The show hosts were Paul Brown, who is well known in the St Louis market, and Kyle Quick. A short bio on Major Riegel: Jeremy Riegel in an Infantry Major in the United States Army, currently serving in the Asymmetric Warfare Group. He has spent the majority of his career in the Airborne Infantry, including the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 173d Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy, and 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, the only airborne brigade in the Pacific, at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Jeremy has four tours to Afghanistan, totaling over 46 months in combat. While deployed, Jeremy has always been at the tactical level. From executing kinetic operations in the Korengal Valley to training Afghan National Police in Jalalabad, he has a wide variety of experiences in counterinsurgency operations in...Read More >

CenterPointe Behavioral Health System Announces Significant Growth Capital Investment.

New Investment Supports Continued Geographic and Product Growth While Adding Experienced Behavioral Healthcare Executive to Management Team St. Louis, MO — December 2, 2015 – CenterPointe Behavioral Health System, LLC (CBHS) announced today a control growth capital investment co-led by a syndicate of investors including Health Enterprise Partners and NaviMed Capital, with participation by Siguler Guff & Company, LP. CBHS currently owns and operates high-quality freestanding psychiatric hospitals, outpatient behavioral programs, and other psychiatric specialty programs in multiple states including Missouri, Illinois, and Minnesota. CBHS assets include CenterPointe Hospital in St. Louis, MO and Signature Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City, MO. The senior management team at CBHS is led by Dr. Azfar Malik and John “Buddy” Turner. As the founder of CenterPointe Hospital, Dr. Malik continues his leadership role as President and Chief Medical Officer of CBHS. Since founding CenterPointe Hospital in 2003, Dr. Malik has grown CenterPointe’s clinical offering from 20 beds to nearly 200 beds while delivering consistently...Read More >

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