What Is Equine Therapy?

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Also known as Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) (Horse Therapy) Equine Therapy is a treatment that includes equine activities with horses in order to promote emotional growth in persons suffering from abuse issues, behavioral issues and many other mental health problems. Equine therapy can help a patient build trust, confidence, communication, socializing and much more. It is known that horses have similar behaviors with humans making it easy for patients to create a connection with the horse.

Therapeutic riding was first introduced into the United States and Canada in 1960 as a form of recreation as well as therapeutic benefits. In 1999, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) was formed with a focus on the potential emotional and mental health benefits of equine therapy for drug abuse.

Other animals are also used for therapeutic purposes such as dogs, cats, dolphins, etc… but horses have become the most popular animal to use in animal therapy because they are very intuitive to the handler or a rider’s actions and give feedback and mirror the feelings of a handler or rider. When a patient works with a horse in a therapeutic setting, they immediately see how the horse reacts to their mood which helps identify behaviors that are potentially hurtful and opens up awareness of positive methods to assert themselves.

Why Equine Therapy?

Most of us have seen how spending time with pets can reduce stress, relieve pain and help cheer someone up. The same can be said of a horse. Spending time with a horse can provide a positive experience for a patient to focus on. Over the course of our Lumiere rehabs in Ohio equine therapy, patients learn to treat the horse responsibly and maintain a regular schedule. As patients continue to work in equine therapy, they gain their self-confidence and begin to form a bond that leads to healing.

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Benefits of Horse Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Patients who have participated in equine therapy have acquired important skills that can be carried over into their personal lives. Equine therapy offers many benefits such as:

  1. Improved Communication
  2. Improved Relationships
  3. Education
  4. Patience
  5. Trust

How Equine Therapy Works

Typically, a certified equine therapist leads the therapy sessions, which are interactions between the patient and the horse. These interactions generally can include petting, therapeutic riding, vaulting and even carriage driving. Depending on the program one or more of these choices may be available. As a patient interacts with the horse, a therapist will monitor how the patient reacts to a horses behavior, from there the therapist will be able to develop a more clear idea of the areas of struggle on a personal or interpersonal level.

If you have any questions regarding addiction treatment or equine therapy, please contact Lumiere Healing Centers today at 513-909-2225.

Inpatient Drug Rehab Medicaid Programs

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Medicaid is a state and federally-funded health insurance coverage plan. It provides an important foundation for maintaining the health of our nation. Millions of Americans use it today— including eligible low-income adults and children. At Lumiere Healing Centers, we understand that many people rely on Medicaid and Medicare since addiction treatment can be expensive. That is why we want to provide as much information as possible about your treatment options. There are many inpatient drug rehab Medicaid programs available for those looking to get sober. If you are interested in learning how to apply for Medicaid, you can apply here.

What Kinds of Rehab Accept Medicaid?

Our inpatient rehab offers a live-in environment with many additional benefits in the recovery process such as counseling, support, and community. There are many inquiries as to whether or not Lumiere Healing Centers in West Chester, Ohio accepts Medicaid. There are also many inquiries as to whether or not we accept Medicare. As a fully-licensed and accredited medical detox and treatment center, Lumiere Healing Centers is a preferred facility among the top insurance companies in the country. This includes Humana, Anthem, POMCO, UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, BlueCross and BlueShield, Medical Mutual, Multiplan, and more.

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While we do accept most major health insurance carriers, we do not accept Medicare or Medicaid at Lumiere Healing Centers.

Check Your Coverage

To see if your insurance will cover treatment with us, search our Confidential Insurance Verification Form Here. The cost of addiction treatment services isn’t just a medical bill; it’s an investment in you, your family, and your future.

Out-of-network Insurance

It’s important to note that you can still enroll in our inpatient rehab program even if you don’t see your insurance listed. Although we may not have a contract with your insurance company, many other companies we work with can still offer you the coverage you need through out-of-network insurance. So, just because you don’t see your insurance on our list of providers, it doesn’t mean you won’t have coverage.

If you have any further questions about inpatient drug rehab Medicaid options, insurances covered, or about the addiction treatment process, contact Lumiere Healing Centers today at 513-909-2225.

Drug Alert Smoking Raid Bug Spray

Drug Alert Smoking Raid Bug Spray

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The authorities in Indianapolis, Indiana are worried about an increase in overdoses for a street drug commonly known as KD (variety of drugs laced with bug spray) that produces a zombie like effect for the user after they begin smoking Raid bug spray or a similar brand. A completely catatonic effect takes over the person and they are not able to move or talk. In extreme cases overdoses can even result in a coma. Here at Lumiere Healing Centers, we see many dangerous addictions but this is one of the most awful drug alert trends that we have seen recently from people smoking Raid bug spray.

The street drug “KD” is created when people spray bug spray like Raid or Off that have high concentrations of pesticides directly onto substances like tobacco or synthetic marijuana and then smoke it. This can lead to a severe reaction like the inability to speak or move while also inhibiting the function of breathing. The movements are slow and lethargic with a lot of drooling that can be described as a catatonic state. The drug is highly addictive and just a small amount can lead to an overdose.

Indianapolis Fire Department Station 27 has reported almost a dozen KD overdoses in just one day. The biggest problem with this new street drug is that bug spray is accessible to anyone. Also being a synthetic drug, it cannot be detected on a standard drug test.

But wait, it gets even worse when bug killer gets used in conjuction with harder drugs. This even more depraved combination of hard drugs which is sometimes called “Hotshot” is created through a simple process of combining methamphetamine and bug spray but instead of smoking it, users are injecting It directly into their veins. So for around $20 a bag, the user can visit an experience only known to a cockroach just seconds before it’s death.

Most concerning, this is a unique situation in which bug spray is used as a dangerous drug but there is little action law enforcement can take because it is not illegal to possess bug spray. There is currently no legal recourse for this type of drug abuse.

If you have any questions about dangerous street drugs like smoking Raid bug spray, or addiction help, please contact Lumiere Healing Centers today!

EMDR Therapy

What Happens In EMDR Therapy?

EMDR Therapy and Addiction

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to relieve distress associated with traumatic memories. It enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. When the system is blocked or imbalanced by a disturbing event, emotional wounds can cause intense suffering. If the block is removed the healing can resume. EMDR Therapy is an eight phase treatment containing numerous components that are considered to contribute to treatment effects including a variety of imagery and stress reduction techniques, including eye movement desensitization.

The Role of EMDR Therapy and Substance Abuse

Trauma related use of EMDR can be applied to many situations, especially addiction. Many individuals with a type of substance abuse disorder have also experienced numerous traumas. Treatment for these secondary disorders should be integrated and the use of EMDR can be helpful for some in this position. There are two specific protocols for relieving cravings and euphoria recall. (DETUR and Cycle Mode)

For some, past trauma is a contributor to their addiction, substance abuse being a means of self-medication to escape from reality. For others, people have experienced trauma during their addiction. The addiction will most likely continue unless the main source of trauma feeding the addiction can resolved.

A specific example of expanding EMDR therapies for addiction treatment is (FSAP) Feeling State Addiction Protocol. This type of therapy is related to addiction and compulsion. The FSAP method  tries to break the connection between the positive feeling and associated destructive behavior. It also helps to process the negative beliefs associated with compulsion.

FSAP is believed to be an effective source of treatment for:

  • Anger
  • Substance Abuse
  • Behavioral Addictions
  • Abusive Relationships

Why Is EMDR Important in Substance Abuse?

Not only is EMDR Therapy an excellent standalone treatment, but it can also be used in combination with other interventions such as depression, addiction and trauma. EMDR Therapy is not without its detractors, some claim the eye movement portion of EMDR is not essential. Nonetheless, there is a large foundation of evidence to support it’s role as a successful mode of therapy within addiction treatment programs.

Dr. Jamie Marich, PH.D, an expert in the field of addiction treatment and EMDR, was quoted on her viewpoint of the effectiveness of EMDR Therapy and addiction treatment. “EMDR is most effective when used as part of a comprehensive plan for treating addiction that must also include appropriate social supports and teaching of new lifestyle skills. EMDR is not the quick fix.”

Dr. Stephen Dansiger, another expert In addiction treatment and EMDR, was quoted saying: “EMDR Therapy can play a central role in addiction treatment since trauma plays a central role in addiction etiology. Many people come into addiction treatment with diagnosable PTSD, and in that case EMDR is indicated as a front line treatment.”


Let Us Help

If you have any questions about the benefits of EMDR Therapy and/or addiction treatment, please contact Lumiere Healing Centers today at 513-909-2225.





The Synthetic Marijuana Epidemic

The Synthetic Marijuana Epidemic

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Marijuana use has always been a debate among the general population. However, now we are faced with a much greater threat to public health and safety. Synthetic Marijuana, also widely known as K2 or Spice, is an illegal and dangerous drug. It is responsible for hundreds of overdoses; unsuspecting teenagers and homeless individuals fall victim looking for a cheap high for as little as $5 a bag. In some extreme cases, synthetic marijuana overdoses have led to death.

The Spread of Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana has been widely available over-the-counter in head shops and corner stores for years. This unregulated product, as one might expect, physically resembles marijuana and supposedly carries the same or similar effects. However, according to the New York Times, the past few months of 2018 has witnessed a surge of synthetic marijuana overdoses in New York alone, due in part to toxic and defective batches imported from China.

Recently, many states have started to ban the manufacture and sale of synthetic marijuana. This ban has reportedly decreased hospital visits by as much as 85 percent. Still, the problem is nowhere close to solved.

What Makes Synthetic Marijuana So Dangerous?

While it is designed to look and “feel” like marijuana, the effects of synthetic marijuana on the brain are strikingly different than those of natural hemp. In fact, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), users may experience unpleasant symptoms like:

  • anxiety
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • shaking
  • agitation
  • paranoia
  • hallucinations
  • high blood pressure
  • seizures or convulsions
  • compulsive or violent behavior

Furthermore, the strength of synthetic marijuana varies so much that it’s almost impossible to determine the potency of any given dose. One batch could be anywhere from one to 800 times more potent than another. According to DEA agent Barbra Roach, the recipes for synthetic marijuana differ depending on the brand, the batch, and even the labs that create them. The uncertainty surrounding the ingredients of synthetic marijuana is part of what makes it such a dangerous substance. For example, a recent statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health detailed the effects of a batch of synthetic marijuana tainted with rat poison circulating across the state. This particular strand of synthetic marijuana has caused at least 56 cases of severe bleeding this year.

The Synthetic Marijuana Epidemic

Synthetic Marijuana Overdose

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Misleading marketing has been a contributing factor to this rising epidemic. Synthetic marijuana is often showcased as a “safe” and “legal” alternative to real cannabis. As a result, it has soared in popularity in recent years, especially among teens looking to experiment. Still, like many other illicit drugs, synthetic marijuana is not tested for safety. So, users are completely unaware of the chemicals they are putting into their bodies. Even more disconcerting is that fact that synthetic marijuana is remarkably addictive and potentially life-threatening.

Let’s take a look at the current statistics according to Poison Control.

  • 2013: 2,668 reports of exposure
  • 2014: 3,682 reports of exposure
  • 2015: 7,797 reports of exposure
  • 2016: 2,706 reports of exposure

As of May of 2018, poison centers have already reported roughly 953 cases of exposures to synthetic marijuana— and the numbers are steadily rising.

Treatment for Synthetic Marijuana Addiction at Lumiere Healing Centers

As this epidemic continues to spread, so too does the potential for widespread addiction. If you have any questions about synthetic marijuana, addiction, or rehab recovery help, please contact Lumiere Healing Centers today at 513-909-2225. We are available 24/7 to address any concerns you may have.