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AZ Health: Treating Families, the Sustainable Approach

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Through evidenced-based practice, we know that the families that experience the healthiest changes are those committed to doing the work that is required for a family to heal. The goal is to create a treatment plan that holds the entire family system accountable, creating a recovery process with minimal chaos, long-term focus, monitoring to ensure compliance and inclusion at the appropriate level for every family member. The question becomes this: how do we as professionals encourage, support and, most importantly, inspire family systems to stay the course of a long-term treatment model that can provide and sustain healthy changes in family systems?

The structure in the program recommended needs to do the following things: relieve anxiety, stress and, most notably, the fear of the unknown. The level of tension in a family that is experiencing chaos, regardless of the reason, can be the navigation point used to design the work a specific family needs to accomplish, much like a team approach. Often families tend to focus on one person, creating more anxiety and tension with the blame effect. Once a family is willing to participate in the team-based solution approach, the playing field becomes somewhat neutral, even as typically said. The fear of the unknown tends to weaken which allows the work to ensue by all participants.

Effective treatment teams work in this fashion as well. Each professional operates within his/her discipline, contributing feedback to the entire team re-progress and/or seatbacks. The goal is that the family being treated has the guidance of a team that that demonstrates the ability to look at many solutions. Families in high stress tend to operate from a black and white state of mind which is not a healthy environment for anyone to heal, much less flourish. Treatment teams are not much different, if they do not have the skill to look at a families’ uniqueness with breadth, they too lack the atmosphere to guide.

The message here is to choose a professional that you trust. Furthermore, seek out clinicians, especially within the mental health field that work with esteemed peers who believe in the team approach to treating family systems with a solution based model.  Families can adapt to a healthy and peaceful way of life, if everyone  is willing to do the work.

Mitzi Mackenzie, MSW, LCSW is a highly skilled adolescent, young adult and family clinician, a specialist in successful interventions, family education and clinically sound placements for treatment of young adults and their family systems. She can be reached at 602.363.1141 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All contact to Mackenzie Family Advocacy is confidential.

 

Ask Dr. Marc Malek: What Happens After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

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Ask Dr. Marc Malek: Which Type of Breast Implant is Best?

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Drugs Are Killing Our Youth: When to Call For a Clinical Family Intervention

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According to top rehabilitation facility research, the percentage of high school seniors who admitted to using Vicodin and Oxycontin at least once in the last year was 9.6 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively. It is common for opiate abuse to begin with these two substances.

Most of these young adults don’t have their use detected while on prescription drugs; yet, because of increased unavailability and exorbitant price (as much as $50 per pill), the natural segue is to move on to street heroin. This is an even uglier descent down the addiction ladder. We now have an epidemic of deaths linked to Fentynol-laced street drugs that has dramatically increased the number of deaths being reported globally.

The most common signs/indicators that your teenager may be using dangerous drugs are usually right in front of you. Because heroin is commonly smoked (yes, smoked), you may find remnants of the drug itself—a powdery or crumbled substance ranging in color from off-white to dark brown. Black tar is sticky rather than powdery.

You may find metal or glass pipes, usually the size of chemistry-lab test tubes. Syringes may also be present, as well as dirty spoons, lighters and small pieces of foil. These items are typically found in littered areas, be it the bedroom, bathroom, patio and vehicles.

Physical and physiological signs of use include the following: constricted pupils; fading in and out during wakefulness; and slower breathing, which can be a precursor to an overdose and a startling education into how drugs can kill. Moreover, decision-making, self-control and intact memory spirals downward. Itching, nausea, constipation and vomiting may occur.

If you have an inkling that you have a son or daughter using opioids, regardless of type or use choice, take immediate action. Begin your journey into insight, education and awareness, even if your young person refuses to be part of the process. Loved ones being involved in treatment is paramount. If you discover that any family member is in trouble call for referrals and resources immediately.

 

Mitzi Mackenzie, MSW, LCSW is a highly skilled Adolescent, Young Adult & Family Clinician, a specialist in successful Interventions, Family Education and Clinically sound placements for treatment of young adults and their family systems. She can be reached at 602.363.1141 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All contact to Mackenzie Family Advocacy is confidential.

 

 
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