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How To Identify Signs, Symptoms of Impending Relapse

The tragic backslide of singer-actress Demi Lovato into addiction may have shocked some of her fans, but comes with less surprise to those familiar with the signs and symptoms of an impending relapse. According to news reports, she was seen in late-night clubs, was struggling to keep her commitments and...


Stepping Back into Society

Transition Celebrations help patients as they leave clinical setting The thought of leaving the hospital may terrify some behavioral health patients, many of whom spend days and weeks learning to cope with their diagnosis. Such feelings are not unusual, according to Shawna Jaworowski, MA, CPXP, director of Human Centered Care with the...


MATCH program thriving

To combat the opioid epidemic, BHN’s reach now totals 16 locations  In the shadow of a relentless opioid epidemic, Hartford HealthCare has become a leader in addressing the challenges of addiction and mental health in a compassionate, accessible and discreet way with its rapidly expanding MATCH Program. MATCH, or Medication...


Cocaine-Opioid Mix Returns: Intoxication Deaths Skyrocket in Connecticut

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Majeed Natchaug Hospital Psychiatrist For the past several months, I have noticed a disturbing and possibly lethal development in some of my patients — an occasional urine drug screen showing traces of cocaine. Almost all of them admitted using opioids, but many were surprised to find...


Student Projects Contribute to the Fight Against Stigma

Sixteen students and one teacher from schools around Connecticut were honored at the 15th annual BrainDance Awards on April 26, presented by the Institute of Living. The BrainDance Awards encourage high school students to learn about psychiatric conditions and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe...