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  • For Rushford Clients, an ‘Eye-Opening’ Fitness Center

    October 09, 2018

    In a small room crammed with eight pieces of exercise equipment, dozens of Rushford clients are logging actual miles of recovery. The Rushford Fitness Center in Middletown, featuring equipment donated by an area Planet Fitness and painted with the brand’s bold yellow and purple, has been booked solid by clients…

  • How $22 Million Federal Grant Will Be Used in State to Fight Opioid Crisis

    October 09, 2018

    A federal infusion of $22 million to help fight the opioid crisis in Connecticut, where the overdose rate is higher than the national average, will be directed at retrieving unused narcotics through pharmacy and police department collection centers. Dr. Vincent McClain, associated medical director of residential services with Rushford, spoke…

  • Rushford: Despite Opioid Epidemic, More People Seeking Help For Alcohol Abuse

    October 05, 2018

    Much attention has been paid to the scourge of heroin, opioid addiction and related overdose deaths, but clinical supervisors at Rushford locations say the clients they see are primarily suffering from alcohol use disorder. “Eight-one percent of our clients last month were treated for alcohol problems and only 13 percent…

  • The List: Patients Who Don’t Take Meds as Prescribed, By Condition

    September 25, 2018

    “Devastating” and “staggering (toll)” are adjectives used by officials with the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute, or MDI, on its recent report showing a grave lack of compliance to medication prescriptions. Noncompliance with medication regimens — when people do not take prescription drugs as prescribed by their…

  • National Accreditation Boosts Rushford Addiction Medicine Program

    September 18, 2018

    Dr. Samuel Silverman,  director of medical education and the Rushford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, announced the program recently earned Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accreditation, the final step in bringing national recognition to local efforts to elevate addiction medicine as a subspecialty in American medicine. Once a field has American…

  • Dr. Santopietro Brings ‘Servant Leadership’ to Behavioral Health Network

    September 17, 2018

    Every summer and Christmas vacation from high school through medical school found John Santopietro, MD, DFAPA, donning a rubber apron and working in his family’s fish market, preparing, stocking and selling filets, squid, eel and snails. The large Italian family that gathered often and talked incessantly was a good breeding…

  • Youth Suicide: Here Are Some Signs For Parents

    September 14, 2018

    Youth suicide is a growing health concern. In fact, it’s the second-leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. During World Suicide Prevention Week, we discuss how to address this issue with child psychologist Dr….

  • Zero Suicide: A Push for Timely Care for People at Risk

    August 15, 2018

    Suicide prevention is a topic that’s very close to Patricia Hayward-Paige’s heart. The Natchaug pharmacy technician lost a close friend to suicide nearly 20 years ago. “She made an attempt and was unsuccessful,” says Hayward-Paige. “I was able to get her to a hospital and get her some help. She moved back…

  • ‘It Felt Like I Was Screaming but There Was No Sound Coming Out of Me’

    August 13, 2018

    Austin Rice knew better. Watching people overdose while in high school in Colchester, he saw how seductive and addicting opioids can be. Studying chemistry in college, he learned how they can ravage the mind and body. In the end, he knew, but he didn’t care. Rice was 21 when a…

  • Seniors Not Immune to Opioid Epidemic

    August 10, 2018

    As the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities throughout the United States, it’s important to recognize seniors as a subset of the population sometimes overlooked in this crisis. Because seniors are more likely to experience physical issues that cause chronic pain, they are also more likely to be prescribed opioid…


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