Exciting News: Our Lawrenceville Location Opens Tomorrow!
High Focus Centers announced that it will open its sixth outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment location in Lawrenceville, NJ on December 1, 2015. This location will serve adults and adolescents in the Mercer County area, and offer intensive outpatient and partial care programs. According to the Office of the State Medical Examiner of New Jersey, the heroin death rate in 2014 rose to 7.5 per 100,000 deaths. High Focus Centers hopes to help New Jersey tackle its growing opiate addiction problem at its new and current locations. “The risk associated with heroin and opiate abuse is profound,” said [...]
The Scourge of the Garden State: Helping New Jersey’s Youth Win the Battle Against Heroin and Opiate Addiction
In March 2014, the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse released a report calling for “urgent action” into the state’s unrelenting heroin and opiate crisis among people aged 18-25. The Scourge In the year and a half since the report was released, not much has changed. From 2011-2013, the death rate attributable to heroin and opiate overdoses in the Garden State rose from 3.7 to 6.25 per 100,000 people. Already well above the national death rate of 2.7, the rate in New Jersey climbed even higher in 2014, reaching a zenith of 7.5 per 100,000 people, according [...]
Announcing Our Behavioral Health Training Series!
High Focus Centers and Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention are very excited to announce a collaborative effort to present a 2015-2016 Behavioral Health Training Series. Both organizations will provide speakers to present on current topics relevant to professionals in the community and within school districts who encounter individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. Attendees will be eligible to receive social work CEUs as well as CADC/CPS recertification. Barnabas is a registered NJ Department of Education professional development provider. To download the brochure and learn more about the trainings, click here. To register, click here. Space is limited, [...]
The Impact of Teen Addiction on the Family: What are the First Steps to Getting Help?
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 kind of challenges it [...]
Rising from Rock Bottom: Recovery, Reclamation and Renewal
When you finally decide enough is enough and that it’s finally time to get help, the relief is so overwhelming it can bring you to tears. Many addicts say it’s like waking from a long, horrible nightmare. The good news is that the journey to recovery is not one you have to take alone. There are a multitude of treatment options which can address your specific needs while also allowing you to maintain your belief system and personality. The biggest challenge you’ll face will be dealing with the unresolved issues that led to your addiction. Mental Health Disorders and Addiction [...]
Back To School: Fall 2014
As fall 2014 approaches and our adolescents return to the rigors of classes, homework, and grades, we are reminded that each student follows a unique path to graduation. Some will thrive as they encounter new social, intellectual, and scholastic challenges, while others may struggle to cope with new stressors. When an adolescent experiences an onset of psychiatric symptoms or begins using alcohol or drugs, there is little room for error. It is imperative to give that student the best chance possible at a successful recovery. For over twenty years, school and community professionals have relied on the experts at High [...]
Signs of Drug & Alcohol Abuse: An Educational Video
The Parsippany Municipal Alliance and High Focus Centers want to increase community awareness on topics related to substance abuse. Watch this new video on Signs of Drug and Alcohol Abuse!
HFC – Parsippany Opens Evening Psych IOP!
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
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
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 [...]
Talking to Your Kids About Suicide
Dr. Dara Gasior, Director of High Focus Centers in Freehold, co-authors an article in the Parents Awareness Series with Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide Clinical Director, Maureen Underwood, LCSW. I Am Worried About My Child
High Focus Centers Opens Trauma IOP
For over 20 years, High Focus Centers (HFC) has provided state of the art care for thousands of patients seeking relief from the symptoms of psychiatric illness and/or substance abuse. An ongoing goal at HFC is to use this vast experience to continuously refine our existing programs, and also to identify unmet clinical needs in the community. In our latest innovation, we have worked hard to construct a specialized intensive outpatient program (IOP) specifically for adults struggling to heal from their trauma experiences. We are now proud to announce that as of December, 2013, we are running a comprehensive Trauma [...]