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Pandemic Drinking

Drinking During the Pandemic Alcohol policy experts have identified two ways that COVID-19 might impact alcohol consumption causing pandemic drinking: Alcohol use and related harms may increase due to stress triggered by “financial difficulties, social isolation, and uncertainty about the future”; or Alcohol use and related harms may decrease due to restrictions on the “physical and financial availability (i.e., affordability)” of alcohol Consequently, alcohol use disorder in the U.S. appears to have worsened since the onset of COVID-19.  The recent COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything most living people have ever seen. Limited resources and stay-at-home orders have brought all-new challenges to everyday life. For those who are trying to maintain sobriety, the changes are greater and more bountiful. Pandemics such as COVID-19 can cause many medical, psychological, and sociological problems, including increased alcohol consumption and related harms from such consumption. Alcohol is a harmful substance, and is, in fact, currently the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Excessive drinking has also been associated with increased violence, crime, poverty, sexually transmitted diseases, and other significant public health harms. [1] Get Your Life Back Find Hope & Recovery. Get Safe Comfortable Detox, Addiction Rehab & Dual Diagnosis High-Quality Care.… 

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and biggest drug prevention awareness program. Red Ribbon Week commenced after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was cruelly murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. Following his death, people began wearing red ribbons to honor Kiki’s sacrifice.  Now, millions of people observe Red Ribbon Week by wearing red ribbons, engaging in community anti-drug events, and pledging to live drug-free lives.  The National Family Partnership created national Red Ribbon Week in 1988.  NFP continues to organize the campaign for families, schools, and communities across the nation each year.  [1] In many areas, the celebration has turned into a variation of activities implemented during October.  These activities show the importance of making healthy and wise decisions throughout life to achieve your dreams and goals. As the longest-lasting and most widespread drug awareness program, Red Ribbon Week unites children and adults in an evident stand against drug use.  The purpose is to keep children drug-free, first and foremost, and declare a commitment to abstain from drug use. Wearing a red ribbon signifies the commitment to live drug-free and honors those who sacrificed their lives combating… 

Mental Illness Awareness Week

An Incredible 51.5 million Adults or 20% Suffer from Mental Ailments Mental health illness awareness week is a reflection of our national mental health crisis. Mental illnesses are common in the U.S. In 2019, 51.5 million adults (20% of the U.S. population) experienced some form of mental illness. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, these numbers have only worsened.  Mental illnesses include many distinct conditions that differ in severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe.  [1]   Of these adults who have a mental illness, only 43.3% sought treatment. Moreover, many suffering from mental health illnesses mask their emotional pain by abusing drugs and alcohol resulting in substance abuse secondary disorders. Throughout the first week of October, Mental Illness Awareness Week allows advocates to educate the public on mental health conditions and conquer the social stigma around getting mental health care. Established by Congress in 1990, Mental Illness Awareness Week harmonizes with World Mental Health Day on October 10. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about one in five adults in the United States experience mental illness each year.  Problems range from depression and anxiety to substance abuse.  [2] It is heartbreaking knowing so many Americans are suffering from mental health disorders. What’s most disturbing… 

World Suicide Prevention Day

Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide, according to the World Health Organization.  [1]  World Suicide Prevention Day aims to educate people on the signs and behavior correlated with suicide and provides information and resources to encourage prevention. The theme this year is “Creating Hope Through Action” ‘This will be the day for all those people who have suffered because the worst of the human tragedies happened too close to them. This will be the day for governments to know that suicide must be a priority in their public health agenda. This will be the day for all people on the earth to recognize that suicide is an important problem, and if the World Health Organization has decided to endorse this celebration it must mean that its dimension is huge, and that no one is immune from it. But this will also be the day for us, IASP members, who have dedicated and are dedicating our lives to avert suicide, and who, at the very least, have contributed to raise awareness, worldwide, on the size and stigma of this immense suffering’. – International Associate for Suicide Prevention Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative 77% of global suicides happen in low-… 

International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event observed on August 31 each year. This special observance aims to raise awareness of drug overdose dangers while lessening the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction. Annually, International Overdose Awareness Day is held on August 31 as a day to: Remember those who have been lost to fatal substance overdose Celebrate those who have been rescued from or assisted in recovering someone from an overdose Help reduce the stigma of overdose and substance use “We acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends, remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury due to substance overdose.  In addition, we continue to raise awareness about addiction and treatment options.” – Ryan Zofay, Founder of We Level Up. learn more at The Level Up Event by Ryan Zofay » Drug Alcohol Addiction Recovery Coach and Licensed Interventionist International Overdose Awareness Day Facts An overdose occurs when you take a toxic amount of a drug or substance.  It is also crucial to remember that not all overdoses are fatal or life-threatening.  However, medical advice should always be sought immediately if an overdose is suspected.  An overdose is a medical emergency that needs immediate medical attention.… 

National Recovery Month

We Level Up Proudly Celebrates National Addiction & Mental Health Recovery Month National Recovery Month was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and recognize the people who recover. Each year, we celebrate the millions of people living in recovery from mental and substance use disorders and the dedicated workers who make that recovery possible. As we take the time to celebrate, we also remember the people who have lost their lives fighting their illnesses. But most importantly, we focus on the people who still need help and how to help them. This long-standing observance educates people that those who are diagnosed with mental health or substance use disorders can and do live healthy, fulfilling lives with the help of prevention services, treatment, and recovery programs. National Recovery Month explores how integrated care, strong community, and proactive leadership contribute to treatments and programs that enable sustainable and meaningful recovery for those who suffer. National Recovery Month for Everyone This year’s theme will focus on promoting and supporting new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices for mental health and substance use disorders. The aim is to reinforce… 

Fort Lauderdale Treatment Center Expansion

Tamarac Fort Lauderdale Treatment Center Grand-Opening We level Up Treatment Center is pleased to announce completed renovations and the grand opening of our newest treatment center in the Fort Lauderdale area.  This newest expansion will provide critical mental health inpatient care at an all-new and improved campus.  The project adds much-needed quality dual diagnosis mental health plus addiction treatment in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Florida area.  Tamarac Fort Lauderdale Treatment Center Responds to Growing Mental Health & Drug Abuse Epidemic We Level Up is responding in part to both the growing mental health crisis and its corresponding overdose epidemic.  We’re seeing all-time record high drug overdose deaths just recently reported by the CDC.  Moreover, we know that COVID-19 isolation, related shut-downs, and restrictions have made a deeply negative impact on our nation’s mental health.  That coupled with a correlated & explosive drug overdose epidemic throughout the entire nation demands we step up to offer more help. The Fort Lauderdale Treatment Center abuts Tamarac, supporting inpatient Tamarac Detox treatment care at the all-new We Level Up facility. Expansion into Newly Renovated & Improved Fort Lauderdale Treatment Facility This month, We Level Up Treatment Center will expand its South Florida… 

New Drug Overdose Record

New Record High Average of almost 2000 Drug Overdose Deaths per Week Overdose deaths due to substance abuse soared a whopping 29% to a new all-time high. In 2020 over 93,000 Americans passed away as a result of the ongoing drug overdose epidemic. Incredibly the number of people succumbing to addiction overdose and dying has increased by over 21,000 versus the prior year. According to the Center for Disease Control National Center for Health Statistics data, an average of just over 250 people passed away due to a drug overdose each day. A leap above the prior 198 level just 12 months prior. Most troubling since 1999 drug overdoses have zoomed up by a staggering 450% Ten-Fold Spike in Drug Overdose Deaths is Unacceptable The spike in overdoses is the largest since 2016. By comparison and for context the CDC reported less than 7,200 overdose deaths in the heroin epidemic of 1970. And only 9,000 fatal overdoses in the pinnacle highs of the crack cocaine epidemic of 1988. “A ten-fold increase from those earlier years coupled with new all-time record setting highs is incredibly troubling. This is an unacceptable and unimaginable loss. Devastating so many of our communities. We’re seeing… 

College Student Rehab Hope Scholarship

College Student Rehab Scholarship Program Purpose We Level Up is proud to implement a new college student rehab scholarship program. To support and encourage college students suffering from addiction and mental health disorders to get the help they deserve.  We Level Up’s management team is committed to helping suffering university students recover. So they can be better able to pursue their college education while regaining their health. “An annual budget of up to $100,000 has been set aside for our scholarship programs at our centers with available beds,” said Adam Roth, a co-founder, and senior manager of the company. “We’re able to provide up to $1,000 scholarship for each qualifying student. And are determined to help as many college kids as we can”. Ryan Zofay, We Level Up treatment center, founder, humanitarian and independent entrepreneur also added “I’m delighted that We Level Up treatment centers can make a difference in the lives of so many of our future young leaders. Driving real change for the betterment of college kids suffering from behavioral health and drug and alcohol addiction is a wonderful endeavor.  One that the company, its management team, and skilled clinicians will undertake with purpose and spirit. “ To begin the new College…