With this blog, you will be able to stay updated with all Champion Center news and announcements, as well as staying abreast of trends and news regarding alcoholism and addiction treatment.
As a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse, I have dedicated my career in learning, educating and caring for patients who are afflicted with the disease of chemical dependency.
I began my nursing career in 2007 as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, working in an acute care hospital. I earned a license as a Registered Nurse in 2009 and have worked in both acute care and chemical dependency.
Statistics confirm that there’s a definite connection between mental illness and the use of addictive substances.
Effective prevention and treatment services exist for these conditions, and improving one’s health and wellness is a key goal.
For those with combined mental health and substance abuse disorders, treatment for both issues may include support groups, rehab, counseling and varied therapies.
Brenda had her first Valium at the age of 7, seeking to escape the horror of childhood abuse. It was the beginning of decades of abuse of prescription pills – until she found the path to a drug-free life via the Champion Center. “I never drank and used drugs to party and have a good time. I didn’t know that.”
The theme of this year’s Alcohol Awareness Month is aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving children a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives.
Any pain present for longer than three months is defined as chronic pain. Chronic pain disrupts normal cognitive, emotional and behavioral function.
Chronic pain affects 25-30 percent of American children and adults. It costs the United States an estimated $160 billion annually in medical and pharmaceutical costs, disability income payments and lost productivity. Studies have shown that chronic pain patients may share many common features, including cognitive dysfunction, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia and mood disorders.
Todd Langus spent much of his life wearing a badge — from an 18-year-old in a police cadet uniform, to rising in the ranks as a SWAT member and field training officer.
In more than 20 years with the Garden Grove Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Department, he saw unimaginable things and endured severe injury serving the public, while also losing two partners in the line of duty.
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