On many occasions, our clients will benefit from living arrangements that minimize exposure to the people, places and things that may trigger a relapse into addiction. Livengrin provides our clients with a very strong foundation for recovery through our inpatient treatment programs. We offer a safe and protected environment during the first few weeks of this type of treatment. But what about beyond those first 28 days? Often we suggest an intensive outpatient program or a more lenient Read more
When people use alcohol in excess on a regular basis the body undergoes a physical and psychological transformation that makes it nearly impossible to live without it. These severe cases reach a point where that person’s body “NEEDS” it and without a regular flow, the body responds adversely. We are convinced alcoholism is a VERY serious disease and has the power to kill those in the grips of this progressive illness. Those with alcohol dependence often lose their jobs, their significant relationships and more during the more advanced stages of their addiction. Unfortunately it is only when these complications are severe enough that individuals begin to contemplate what life would be like without alcohol and move towards any alcohol detoxification process. We are here to say that no individual in these advanced stages should attempt to stop abruptly without medical monitoring of some kind, preferably at an inpatient facility. Read more
Police, Firemen and EMS crews throughout Bucks County are fighting an uphill battle against The Opiate Epidemic. By the time they arrive on the scene of an overdose, disaster has already struck. These First Responders are equipped with a drug called Naloxone (Narcan) in hopes of saving someone’s life, but it often requires someone to call 911. That could be you or someone in your life and we wanted to share with you what to look for. Read more
Our nation’s Top Doctor sent a letter to every doctor in the United States in August 2016 asking for their help to solve, “The most urgent health crisis facing America: the opiod epidemic”. Abuse of prescription drugs can be even riskier than the abuse of illegally manufactured drugs. Synthetic (man-made) drugs are often more potent and create a higher overdose risk. This is particularly true of OxyContin and similar painkillers, where overdose deaths more than doubled over a five-year period. Read more
The news can sound dire. Opioid addiction is ruining families and taking lives at an ever increasing rate. In this roundtable discussion, Dr. Gottlieb brings together Livengrin Board member Bruce Murray and wife Ginny, a clinician, researcher, family members and individuals in recovery to go beyond the headlines and look at what is working to bring addicts into treatment. They discuss some interventions and evaluation of treatment as well as dealing with the grief of losing a loved one to the disease. Plus, a conversation with individuals who are in recovery and working to offer hope and help to others.
Livengrin’s Center City Office will have a modified schedule during these events.
- Wednesday, 9/23 & Thursday 9/24
- Livengrin – Center City WILL BE OPEN
- All services will be scheduled at their regular times.
- Please plan accordingly, to accommodate the increased volume in the city due to the World Meeting of Families.
- Friday, 9/25
- Livengrin – Center City WILL BE CLOSED
- Day GOP will be re-scheduled to Wednesday 9/23/15 at 10:00AM
- All individual sessions and assessments will be rescheduled earlier in the week.
- Monday, 9/28
- Livengrin – Center City Office WILL OPEN LATE AT 1:00PM
- Day IOP will be scheduled from 1:00PM to 3:30PM
- Evening IOP will be scheduled at the regular time (6:00PM to 8:30PM). Individual sessions and assessments will be scheduled by appointment.
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Livengrin is pleased to announce the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) as its newest clinical training partner. With this new partnership, Livengrin will be participating in a ground-breaking program in clinical training for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), who will be learning how to provide the highest quality care for patients struggling with addiction.
“Growing the ranks of APRNs is an important way to increase the base of primary care providers in this country. In the past, the cost of clinical training has limited the ability of hospitals and other healthcare providers to accept more APRN students into their settings for clinical training. The primary goal…is to increase the provision of qualified training to APRN students. The clinical training included in this demonstration will provide APRNs with the clinical skills necessary to provide primary care, preventive care, transitional care, chronic care management, and other services…”
Read more about the initiative: Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration | Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation
On July 1st, U.S. Congressman Bob Brady (D-Pa.) toured Livengrin’s residential facility and learned about our various programs and initiatives. A champion of social issues throughout his 17-year career in the House of Representatives, Brady pledged to do whatever he can to assist Livengrin with growing and improving our programs to ensure that we reach as many families as possible who need our services.
From left to right: CEO – Richard Pine, U.S. Congressman (D-Pa.) – Bob Brady, FRAT Team Member Dennis Hallion.
From left to right: CEO – Richard Pine, Vice President for Development – Scott Blacker, Supporter – Mitchell Rubin, U.S. Congressman (D-Pa.) – Bob Brady.
McNabb arrest shines light on repeat DUIs
Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 8:44 PM
Last month, for the second time in 18 months, former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested in Arizona for driving under the influence. According to police investigators, McNabb was caught driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.171 percent, twice the legal limit. In a video of his arrest, McNabb contends he was on cold medication.
McNabb’s arrest shines a spotlight on the issue of repeat DUIs.
“Anyone can have one DUI,” said Helen Weigand, director of DUI services at Livengrin Foundation, a nonprofit addiction-recovery center based in Bensalem, who lost her 22-year-old daughter 20 years ago to a crash involving a drunken driver. “You don’t have to be an alcoholic or have a drinking problem. You just have to make a bad choice.
“But more than one DUI, along with other behavioral problems – that’s when you need to seriously look at things.”
Experts say most people who drink and drive do so many times before they are caught.
Read the full article on The Inquirer’s website
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