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Stay up to date with A Better Today Recovery Services’s activity in the community. It is time we started addressing the opioid epidemic and the stigma associated with substance abuse treatment in our community. ABTRS is passionate about going into our community and educating others about what quality care drug & alcohol treatment looks like and how we can help those who are currently struggling with opioids, meth, and alcohol addictions. It is time to act, it is time to be present, it is time that treatment centers to talk to the press about solutions in the community. ABTRS’s clinical team actively participates in educating the community through the press on various aspects of addiction and recovery. Whether it’s bringing attention to serious issues such as fentanyl or discussing aspects of seasonal depression – we are available to speak as experts on almost any subject.

Recent Press Appearances

ABTRS Veteran Shares his Story of Addiction & Hope

Our own intake director, Corey Peterson sat down with Claudia Rupcich of ABC 15 Arizona close to Veteran’s Day to discuss the realities of addiction among veterans. Peterson dived into addiction after serving as a marine in the gulf war and saw the devastating aftermath of Kuwait. He shares how addiction brough him down to his lowest moments and how he was able to finally find recovery. Now Peterson has dedicated his life to reaching the people who were just like him. He has a message to those who are struggling with addiction: you are not alone and we can help. Watch the video below.

Phoenix Sees Rise in Meth Use

Eboni Fields sits with KTAR News to discuss a new epidemic that is rising up and competing with the opioid epidemic. That new epidemic is the use of methamphetamine. As a network of treatment centers that receives patients from all 50 states, we are seeing an undeniable rise in people who are struggling with meth use. Adding to the complexity of these issues, it is often meth and opioids that are abused together which causes rapid deterioration and intense addictions in the men and women we see and treat. What’s more, is that we are starting to see a spike in meth-related overdoses in the country as we are seeing more potent forms of meth flooding the streets. Phoenix, being so close to the border of Mexico is a hot spot for clandestine labs south of the border. Eboni fields discuss more with KTAR Radio.

Sesame Street Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

Eboni Fields discusses the new Sesame Street episode featuring the muppet Karli that addresses the impact of the opioid epidemic on young children. Having a parent who is battling an opioid addiction is not easy for small children. In fact, many of them end up living with immediate family members, bounce around between family, or end up in the foster care system. Parents do not always get the addiction treatment that is necessary for them to overcome their issues and spend a prolonged time away from their parents. This can lead them to feel loneliness and despair. These heavy feelings are difficult for younger children and they often have a hard time expressing how they feel. Eboni discusses the importance of showing support and love to these children and letting them know they are understood. See a clip from the episode to learn more about Karli the muppet’s story.

ABTRS Feed the Homeless Event

Today is a very exciting day for ABTRS. Jorn LeBlanc our Chief Operations Officer (COO) had an interview with the FOX10 news to talk about ABTRS current outreach programs in our community. Tonight, June 11th, ABTRS Alumni and Staff will be feeding the homeless at 1st Baptist Church in Phoenix to spread awareness about substance abuse treatment and to just give back to the community because it feels good to give back. Stay posted for the full article and don’t forget to watch Fox 10 News to see A Better Today Recovery Services Alumni and Staff in action.

Seasonal Depression and Substance Abuse

When most people think about seasonal depression, they think about it happening during the winter months. Interestingly enough, Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD can happen at other times during the year. There is a tendency for it to occur in the summer which is bad news for some Phoenix residents. Making things even more complicated, SAD can affect people who have substance abuse disorders and depression very negatively and add to the problem. Our Clinical Manager, Eboni Fields, sits down with Channel 3 to discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder during the hot months. We discuss what SAD is, how it can affect you, and what you can do to feel better, healthier, and happier this summer.

Dangers of Fentanyl

Fentanyl is dangerous, there’s no denying it. What can parents do to ensure that they are keeping a watchful eye on teens who tend to be thrill-seekers by nature? With large quantity fentanyl pill busts at local Arizona high schools, there’s good reason to be concerned. Erik Shaffer sits down with NBC12 to discuss the dangers of fentanyl. He discusses in detail the signs of fentanyl use so that parents are educated on what to look out for. Because of fentanyl’s strong potency, there will be some strong changes that can easily be pointed out. 

Extremely Deadly Purple Heroin on Streets

The opioid epidemic is something that our network’s clinical team wants to educate every family on. It’s claiming the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Certain areas are more vulnerable to new waves of stronger and harder types of opioids. Purple heroin is a new opioid that is more potent than opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, and morphine. Purple heroin, or “Purp,” combines morphine, heroin, and carfentanil. Corey Peterson sits down with KYMA’s Carmen Valencia to discuss the dangers of purple heroin and the signs you should look out for in your loved ones who may use the drug. Peterson shares that it’s just a matter of time before this deadly drug hits the streets.

Can CBD Cause You To Fail a Drug Screen?

Cannabidiol or CBD, is a newer and increasingly popular way to treat everything from chronic pain to anxiety. Many people in the recovery are intrigued by its effectiveness and the fact that it does not have psychoactive properties. While many CBD products boast contents of 0% THC, regular CBD users are coming up positive for THC in employment drug screens. Our Clinical Manager, Eboni Fields, sits down with Sonu Wasu of ABC15 in Phoenix to discuss CBD and what people can do to stay safe and avoid failing drug screens. ABC stations in Tucson, Denver, Las Vegas, and Cincinnati also picked up this story.

The ABTRS Approach

Recovery From Substance Abuse

We understand that addiction is a cunning enemy, and it affects many aspects of your life; this is why we use many different therapy models in our treatment of addiction. We want to get to the bottom of why our patients abuse substances. By using differing therapies, we can understand better where some of their desires to use come from and develop ways to help. They also act as an excellent way for our patients to express themselves without using words. Along with our therapies, we also provide our patients access to the 12-step community that has already helped countless people in their struggles with substance abuse. Our program has saved the lives of many people and has rebuilt many family relationships. Our primary purpose is to provide patients and their loved ones with quality treatment, teach them helpful coping mechanisms to prevent relapse and build a new life in recovery that is greater than they ever could have imagined.

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Medically Reviewed Articles & Resources

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Do Online Addiction Treatment Programs Work?

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