Effects of Drug and Alcohol Addiction on the Brain

The effects of drug and alcohol addiction on the brain are still being studied, but with each new finding, it becomes more and more evident that there are both short-term and long-term effects of abusing these substances. In short, the processes within the human brain that provide euphoria and compulsion for the use of drugs and alcohol are at risk the longer substances are used and abused.

Here is a snapshot of how drug and alcohol addiction can damage the brain, both in the short and long terms, and why getting immediate help is the best option for anyone abusing …
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The Irrational Fear of Not Drinking

Ohio Alcohol Treatment

Alcohol addiction can be more than just a physical struggle against the urge to drink or take drugs. There is a stigma associated with alcohol addiction that leads addicts to think the process of asking for and receiving help with their recovery somehow makes them weak.

An under considered stigma that exists with alcohol addiction is that addicts don’t want to admit they have a problem because of the way they think they’ll be judged if they get help, simply because they’ll never be able to drink again.

At Lumiere Healing Centers, a full continuum alcohol treatment center in Ohio, …
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Does My Loved One Have an Addiction?

 

Have an Addiction

Addiction doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. It can be tough to spot the signs of addiction in a loved one, because they tend to creep up a little at a time. An abnormal behavior that raises your eyebrows once may start to feel “normal” all too quickly. You may be aware of individual subtle signs in your loved one without recognizing the overall pattern that points to addiction.

Signs of Addiction

Signs and symptoms of addiction vary from one person to another, and they manifest in slightly different ways. If you see a pattern of behavior reflecting these …
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Chief Receives Honorable Mention

Chief Richard Wallace

Cincinnati Christian University, Cincinnati, Ohio holds a public awards program each year to honor public servants and first responders.  Chief Wallace received an Honorable Mention in the award category of Community Service and Problem Solving and will be recognized at the September 11, 2017 Beyond the Call awards program.  The criteria for this category recognizes honorees who have devoted themselves to an usually high level of service to the community, engaging with others in a positive way to resolve issues of concern to individuals and community groups.  Chief Wallace’s nomination, submitted by Lt. Blum and Administrative Assistant Anna Shaw, details …
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Sober Life in College

Sober Life in College

Gone are the days when going to college and drinking to access were synonymous. Over the past decade, there has been a big push towards sober college living groups and events. Some universities, such as Florida Atlantic University, even have sober tailgate parties at their home football games. If you or your child are in the process of deciding on what college to attend, and are worried about the prevalence of drinking at American colleges and universities, keep in mind that there are many ways to successfully attend college, be accepted and have fun while remaining sober, especially after you’ve …
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Healthcare Leadership Professionals Award

Congratulations Jennifer Cmar

Jennifer CmarJennifer Cmar has been a Counselor at Lumiere Healing Centers in West Chester, Ohio since May 23, 2016 when the new facility first opened. She received her Master’s in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, and her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Pastoral Studies from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in 1998. She is licensed by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board with an LCDC Ill. Jennifer has been working in the field of chemical dependency counseling and supervision since 2007. Jennifer received the Healthcare Leadership Professionals Award sponsored by Lead and Venue …
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Lumiere Welcomes Dr. Kaisha Thomas

Chief Clinical Officer

 

Dr. Kaisha ThomasDr. Kaisha A. Thomas is dually licensed in the State of Florida as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and holds certification as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). Additionally, Dr. Thomas has been awarded credentials by the National Board for Certified Counselors as both a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC).
Dr. Thomas earned her undergraduate degree in Dance from the Juilliard School of Performing Arts, a Master of Science degree in Dance and Movement Therapy from Hunter College, another Master of Science degree in …
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Lumiere Welcomes Dwight Richard

Director of Operations

Dwight Richard has been practicing Mental Health and Addictions counseling for over 30 years. He has a Masters Degree in Mental health Counseling from Wright State University.  Dwight has worked as a clinical director for several of the area mental health and addictions treatment centers, and now as Director of Operations for Lumiere Healing Centers.  He has participated in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has helped agencies receive and maintain state and federal certifications and accreditation repeatedly.  Dwight holds independent licenses in both mental health and substance abuse areas.  He has been a health officer in …
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How to Stage an Intervention

Drug Intervention, Drug Rehab, Ohio Drug Rehab

How to Stage an Intervention

Watching a friend or loved one suffer from addiction can be a heart-wrenching experience. Sometimes sitting with them and having a heart to heart discussion about their condition can start them on the process of self-discovery that will lead to them seeking help. But many addicts struggle with acknowledging their own dependency and it is necessary to join forces with others that care for the addicted person and stage an intervention.

An intervention allows friends and family to confront the addicted person in a more structured and focused way. Many times it provides the emotional …
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How Narcan Reverses Heroin Overdoses

Narcan Reverses Overdoses

How Narcan Reverses Heroin Overdoses

Narcan is one of the most important tools available to emergency medical care providers and even police officers today. It is also one of the most expensive and taxing types of drugs available in the fight against addiction. Narcan remains a very important part of saving lives, but it is not the cure to this epidemic. When our patients come in to see us at Lumiere Healing Centers, our goal is very specific to help them recover from their addiction to heroin.

If your loved one is suffering an overdose right now, call 911 immediately. …
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