Opiate Addiction and Newborns

by Beth Tesmond, MHS, CADC, MISA, Addictions Program Coordinator

We write often about the epidemic of opiate abuse throughout our country. The mass addiction, broken families, the death toll rising. But one key group of victims that has seemingly gone by the wayside until now: babies, those unfortunate infants born to mothers who are opiate addicted and therefore, are brought into this world with […]

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Finally, Action is Taken

by TK Staff

On Tuesday, March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took an important step in combatting the deadly prescription painkiller epidemic in the United States. In a first-time move, our nation’s top federal health agency issued guidelines for the dispensing of morphine-like, addictive drugs, such as Vicodin and OxyContin. The agency directed the guidelines […]

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Bariatric Surgery: Anything but a Quick Fix

by Marge Crotty RN, MS - Director of Nursing

Bariatric surgery is becoming more and more common, with approximately 200,000 people electing to undergo this procedure each year. Bariatric surgery has one goal:  weight loss. This is accomplished primarily through restriction of gastric capacity, which means people simply cannot eat as much as before.  Another strategy is restriction combined with bypassing a portion of […]

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Timberline Knolls, Feb. 21-27

by TK Staff

We know the best way to combat eating disorders is prevention through awareness and education. The National Eating Disorder Association set apart a special week in February designed to do just that: to place the spotlight on eating disorders in order to improve public understanding of their causes, dangers and treatments. This year’s theme is “3 […]

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Physicians Continue to Prescribe After Opioid Overdose

by Beth Tesmond, MHS, CADC, MISA, Addictions Program Coordinator

Abuse of control prescription drugs now exceeds abuse of all illegal drugs combined, except marijuana. Many of those in the addiction field believe that oxycontin is at the very heart of the vast opioid drug addiction epidemic currently seen in the United States. Not only is it highly addictive, but it is vastly over prescribed. […]

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No More Body-Shaming: Supermodel Emme’s #BodyBeaUtiful Social Media Campaign Lifts Off in 2016

by Kirsten Haglund - Community Relations Specialist
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“A New Year, a New You!” We’ve heard this phrase countless times, usually in the latest diet or exercise ad. There is certainly something restorative and motivating about beginning anew. However, that’s no excuse for the outrageous lengths to which the diet and beauty industry go to cash in on widespread body dissatisfaction and insecurity […]

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Congress Must Act … Now

by Kimberly Dennis, MD - CEO & Medical Director
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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that a large segment of the US population has experienced a sharp spike in the death rate since 1999. Moreover, the key causes of those increased deaths are seemingly self-imposed: alcohol, drugs, and suicide. This increasingly at-risk group is middle-aged white people. Prior to 1999 the mortality rate for this […]

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New Research Regarding Anorexia

by TK Staff
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It has long been known that eating disorders have both psychological and physiological components. However, new research indicates that the physical aspect may be more complex than previously thought and what is transpiring in the intestines of those with anorexia may have psychological ramifications. Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in […]

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The Power and Science of Hope

by Margaret Nagib, PsyD - Christian Therapist & Faculty Member, TK Clinical Development Institute
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The most intriguing piece of advice I ever received as a counselor in training came from one of my favorite professors. He told me, “In the very first session always give them a little magic.” Now that’s an interesting choice of words. The more I thought about the concept, the more the idea excited me. […]

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Transparency in Recovery

by Amy M Klimek, LPC, Eating Disorder Specialist Coordinator
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Those entering recovery embark on a new journey. Feeling like a different person, they experience original thoughts and perspectives, new goals for their lives, a healing body and a renewing spirit. It is a time of challenges and individuality. Most of all, it is a time of unknowing. Transparency in recovery implies openness and communication […]

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