SANTÉ IS NOW JCAHO ACCREDITED
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by Julie Ballard
1d ago
Santé Center for Healing has been approved by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (the Joint Commission) as a JCAHO accredited facility. Santé earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.     What is the Joint Commission? The Joint Commission is an organization that evaluates and collaborates with health care facilities in an effort to continu ..read more
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The Link Between PTSD and Addiction
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by Sant‌é Center
3d ago
For many Americans and Texans, life can feel like a constant battle. It’s a scenario more common than many of us would like to admit, where the specter of past traumas haunts the present, leading to a desperate search for relief. This is the harsh reality for individuals grappling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction. However, professional behavioral health treatment can help address the symptoms of PTSD and substance use disorders. Santé Center for Healing has over two decades of experience treating substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions for resi ..read more
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Sex Addiction or Problematic Sexual Behavior? What are we getting wrong?
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by Julie Ballard
1w ago
What is problematic sexual behavior? What is sex addiction? Problematic sexual behavior (PSB) is an on-going, uncontrollable pattern of sexual thoughts and behaviors that prove problematic in a person’s life. This particular form of addiction or compulsive behavior is often misunderstood. Sensationalized or worst-case scenarios may make headlines – but are not the norm. Though “sex addiction” may be the more known name, there is a spectrum of clinical issues; to more accurately include everything under the umbrella, the term problematic sexual behavior is used. If unaddressed, PSB can progress ..read more
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Why is Fentanyl Deadly?
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by Julie Ballard
1w ago
Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Why have overdose deaths increased? Drug overdose deaths have increased as deaths from fentanyl escalate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have had a rapid and dramatic rise; overdose deaths involving these drugs have nearly doubled over the past two years, from about 35,000 deaths in the 12-month period ending October 2019 to more than 69,000 in October 2021.¹   Why is everybody talking about fentanyl-related deaths? Last year, the United States ..read more
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Trauma and Addiction: How to Heal Both Hurts
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by Sant‌é Center
1w ago
Many Americans find themselves entangled in the web of trauma and addiction, two complex conditions that often walk hand in hand, casting shadows over lives and families. Traumatic experiences can take a lasting toll on an individual and cause them to self-medicate or self-soothe with addictive substances like drugs or alcohol. Addiction and trauma often go hand-in-hand, but professional behavioral health treatment can help address both conditions. Santé Center for Healing offers trauma therapy in Argyle, Texas. Our clients benefit from our years of experience treating substance use disorders ..read more
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Opioid Use Stigma
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by Julie Ballard
2w ago
Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   What are opioids? Opioids are a group of drugs that require a prescription and include man-made narcotics such as fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, the illegal drug heroin, and many more.   What is stigma? A negative thought or belief about another individual or group that is negative or holds them to an often non-mutually agreed upon standard.   How do you calculate the financial burden from opioid overdose? The current United States opioid overdose epidemic is a complex, multifaceted, public ..read more
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Dry or Damp?
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by Julie Ballard
2w ago
Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   What is Dry/Damp January? Over the last decade, “Dry January” has become a popular way to begin the year for many. Dry January is when an individual commits to not drink any alcohol for the 31 days in the month.¹  More recently, “Damp January” has also become a popular way to begin the year. Damp January is setting a goal to decrease drinking by a certain amount and committing to do so for the month. It is a way to commit to reducing alcohol intake for those who aren’t interested in abstaining completely for the mont ..read more
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Opioids Overdose Deaths
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by Julie Ballard
3w ago
Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Q.) What are opioids? Opioids, sometimes referred to as narcotics, are pain medications prescribed by medical doctors. Opioid medicines work by transporting through the blood and then connect to opioid receptors in brain cells. The opiate blocks pain messages and can enhance spirits and feelings of pleasure.   Q.) What are the rates of opioid overdose? There has been a troubling acceleration in drug overdose deaths across the US, primarily driven by opioids. It has been the largest increase recorded within a 12-month ..read more
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WARNING SIGNS OF ADDICTION
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by Julie Ballard
3w ago
Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.+   Q.) What are the statistics for substance abuse? 22.5 million people (8.5% of the U.S. population) aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2014, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Substance abuse often leads to dependency or addiction. Addiction is a disease requiring professional help to heal and begin long-term recovery. Living in active addiction has medical, physical, relational, financial, legal, emotio ..read more
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Women and Wine Culture
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by Julie Ballard
1M ago
Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Q.) What are excessive alcohol risks? Excessive alcohol use poses both health and safety risks to females, as their physical health is adversely impacted by heavy drinking, including risks for hypertension, cancer, stroke, liver disease, and alcohol-impaired accidents. There has been a troubling increase in consumption of alcohol among women in recent years1. Approximately 13% of adult women report binge drinking and on average do so 4 times a month, consuming 5 drinks per binge1. About 18% of women of child-bearing age ..read more
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