Addiction

NOTE: Please fill out ALL registration information or your submission will not be accepted. Thank You. Please Join us in celebrating National Recovery Month with a free presentation at Mazzoni Center exploring recovery through an LGBTQ lens. Presentation Topics: LGBTQ Identity Development and Substance Abuse This training will provide an overview of LGBTQ identity development and the ways in which development can be interrupted by substance abuse. Treatment options for this community will also be explored. App Use: a Conversation A close up look at app use (Grindr, Scruff, etc) and the... More
reposted from http://www.epgn.com/columns/on-being-well/12321-living-a-three-dimensional-recovery Something’s missing I was baffled. Was this guy serious? He just asked me if I was “having fun yet” now that I was no longer using drugs or alcohol. “Are you kidding me? Absolutely not,” I said. And, damn, I meant it. Back in 2003, I had attended a well-known intensive outpatient (IOP) clinic for several months and doing everything everyone asked of me, and I felt... More
Stepping Out! will be on hiatus till May 2018 Tuesday nights, LGBTQ persons in recovery will come together in a safe and welcoming LGBTQ space that will provide a fun opportunity to have a regularly scheduled evening activity where they can meet up with other recovery folk, practice social skills, build self-esteem and leave the difficult world outside. Each month will feature board games, a movie, interactive social activities and more. Light snacks will be provided (chips/popcorn). Participants are asked to bring their own beverages and/or water bottles. Far too often, people in the early... More
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA ) recently released results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) . This nationally representative data provides important information on substance use and mental health issues among adults. For the first time, questions related to sexual orientation and sexual attraction were... More
Mazzoni Center was thrilled to welcome PA Physician General Rachel Levine, MD , to our offices on Monday, August 1. Dr. Levine, accompanied by Special Assistant Sarah Newman Boateng, met with members of our management team to discuss the recent changes in policy at the state level regarding insurance coverage for gender transition related healthcare, which will now be covered by PA Medicaid and CHIP plans. Dr. Levine and Mazzoni staffers discussed practical considerations surrounding the roll-out of... More
It can be a long road back from addiction. I know from experience. The drug of choice can be alcohol, street or prescription drugs, or addictive gambling, spending, sex or eating. Although the faces of addiction are many, I believe there is one common thread: that all persons in recovery need the support of others. And often these others need to be intimately familiar with what it means to be addicted – enter the certified recovery specialist, or CRS. CRS services are designed and delivered by people who have experienced both substance abuse disorder and recovery. They know what it... More
New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep, but that doesn’t stop many of us from making them year after year. Something about the calendar transition forces us to reflect on what aspects of our lives are going well - and which ones could use retooling. In my work I see people every day who are trying to effect a positive change in their lives. In addition to one-on-one and couples therapy, I facilitate a weekly drop-in support group for LGBTQ people who are in recovery, or beginning their journey. As a therapist I believe... More
Mazzoni’s SMART group is presently online Wednesday at 5:30pm and Thursdays at 1pm for 1 hour each. Log on to join our join our group. https://mazzonicenter.doxy.me/parsonsmazzoni Our SMART Recovery meeting for LGBTQ folks looking for recovery from their addiction(s) is an abstinence-based, sensible self-help program for people experiencing addictive behavior with any substance or activity. It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is... More
The holidays can often be a stressful time for LGBTQ people or their families, but there are many strategies that you can use to help reduce stress and enjoy a happy holiday this year. Each year the staff of our Open Door Counseling & Behavioral Health program compiles a Holiday Survival Guide, filled with advice and suggestions for managing holiday stress, coping with loneliness, or finding new activities to make the season both meaningful and memorable. More
Mazzoni’s SMART group is presently online Wednesday at 5:30pm and Thursdays at 1pm for 1 hour each. Log on to join our join our group. https://mazzonicenter.doxy.me/parsonsmazzoni Our SMART Recovery meeting for LGBTQ folks looking for recovery from their addiction(s) is an abstinence-based, sensible self-help program for people experiencing addictive behavior with any substance or activity. It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is... More