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The Rise of K2 Use in New Jersey: A Dangerous Trend 

March 7, 2024|News|

What is K2?  K2, also known as "synthetic marijuana," "spice" or "fake weed," is a concoction that mimics the effects of natural cannabis but with a twist of danger. Unlike marijuana, which is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, K2 consists of various dried plant materials sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids. These chemicals are engineered to bind to the same brain receptors as THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, but can produce vastly different and unpredictable effects.  The Surge in K2 Overdoses  New Jersey has witnessed a significant spike in K2-related incidents, with over three dozen people treated for overdoses in [...]

High Focus Centers Holds Open House Event in Evans, Georgia

May 31, 2023|News|

Evans, GA – May 31, 2023 – Held during Mental Health Awareness Month and attended by a number of community leaders, High Focus Centers’ open house on May 11 highlighted their recently opened Evans, GA outpatient facility. This program offers expanded access to quality mental health, substance use and/or co-occurring disorder treatment for residents of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). For over 20 years, High Focus Centers has been at the forefront of helping individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. With a team of experienced and compassionate professionals, the organization offers evidence-based treatments and services aimed [...]

High Focus Centers Opens Outpatient Behavioral Health Treatment Program in Evans, Georgia

November 21, 2022|News|

ALTOONA, PA – November 21, 2022 – High Focus Centers announced today the opening of an outpatient treatment program in Evans, Georgia for adult men and women diagnosed with common mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar and co-occurring mental health/chemical dependency in the CRSA and surrounding counties.   Just twelve miles northwest of Augusta, the new location in Evans marks High Focus Centers’ fourth outpatient program in Georgia along with Marietta, Sandy Springs and Johns Creek and fourteenth across North Carolina, New Jersey, Georgia and Connecticut, offering a full continuum of individualized, evidence-based treatment options for adolescents and [...]

Creating a Self-Soothing Kit: Tip of the Day

April 20, 2020|Mental Health, News, Videos|

Michael Fenimore, LPC, an adult psychiatric clinician at High Focus Centers in Freehold, New Jersey, discusses self-soothing as a coping skill during times of stress. Learn how to create a “self-soothing kit” for yourself that engages all five senses and can be a calming resource when you experience feelings of distress or vulnerable moments in your life.

High Focus Centers Opens New Outpatient Treatment Facility in Norwalk, CT

February 13, 2020|News|

High Focus Centers, a Joint Commission accredited provider of outpatient behavioral healthcare treatment for individuals suffering with mental health, substance use, and eating disorders, announced today that it will open a new location on February 21, 2020 in Norwalk, Connecticut. This facility offers structured mental health programs for children and teenagers aged 10 through 18 diagnosed with psychiatric and co-occurring disorders. The new location in Norwalk, Connecticut is the eighth High Focus Centers site and employs a multidisciplinary team including licensed clinicians and psychiatrists. Patients will have access to an array of services including group, individual and family therapy [...]

New Jersey’s Opioid Prescription Law

May 29, 2017|News|

Governor Chris Christie’s new law on stricter opioid prescription regulations went into effect May 16, 2017. The new law is to combat against the growing rate of opioid related deaths that is taking a toll on New Jersey families. According to the CDC, approximately 1,600 people died in New Jersey of drug overdoses in 2015. More data from the CDC show that the rate of heroin and fentanyl deaths in New Jersey has started to outpace the national average. When New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino learned that 8 out of 10 overdose deaths began with prescription painkillers, immediate action was [...]

Facing Teen Addiction: What are the First Steps to Getting Help?

September 23, 2015|News|

Few things are more devastating than discovering that your teen is suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. The reaction of some parents is to punish or discipline their child, which can often make the situation worse. Other parents might linger in denial, which also does not help the addicted youngster or put him or her on a path to recovery. The important thing to remember is — unfortunately — teen addiction is quite widespread. While this is not necessarily comforting, it is good to know your adolescent is not alone and getting help doesn’t carry the stigma or present the [...]

HFC – Parsippany Opens Evening Psych IOP!

June 13, 2014|News|

High Focus Centers has always sought to provide patients with the highest quality behavioral health services in the least restrictive setting possible. Our model promotes a healthy and smooth transition back to prior levels of functioning. A large part of this includes restoring the ability to attend school, work, or address the many responsibilities that never disappear. For many of our psychiatric patients, we are seeing that they are ready to make this transition, even though their current disposition calls for continued structured treatment. For this reason, High Focus Centers in Parsippany is Opening an EVENING PSYCHIATRIC INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM! [...]

High Focus Meets with Governor Christie on Heroin Epidemic

April 2, 2014|News|

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Governor Chris Christie announced a program enabling police officers in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to administer an emergency treatment to individuals who have overdosed on heroin. First responders can now carry the drug Naloxone, or Narcan with them and potentially save lives. Due to the worsening heroin epidemic New Jersey has been facing, the Governor took this opportunity to call on leadership within the addiction prevention, treatment, and law enforcement communities to weigh in. High Focus Centers was grateful to have been asked to take part. Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Tom Fowler sat with [...]

White Paper: Adapting to a Sober Life While in Outpatient Addiction Treatment

January 23, 2014|News|

Outpatient addiction programs and Intensive Outpatient Programs are a part of the continuum of care available for drug and alcohol abuse treatment. Outpatient programs are designed to give people recovering from substance abuse the opportunity to receive care for their addictions while maintaining commitments they have to work and family. In this white paper, learn about the goals of outpatient addiction programs, special considerations for transitioning from a residential program, how a person’s lifestyle will change under an outpatient addiction program, and how to develop a relapse prevention plan. For more information about how you or a loved one can [...]