October 1st hits and suddenly everyone is shouting, “It’s Spooky Season!” Seemingly overnight, every house is festooned with fake spiderwebs and a variety of pumpkins and gourds. Every store trots out their Halloween-themed wares. Horror movies stream around the clock. And, of course, pumpkin spice everything.
“Why?” Anyone who has been touched by suicide knows that in their grief, they are consumed with wondering why someone they love has died by suicide. Our grief may not lessen if we lose someone to cancer, heart disease, stroke, or diabetes, but we understand that our loved one has succumbed to a disease. Suicide is mysterious, deeply tragic, and harder to grasp. It leaves many unanswered questions, including “What could I have done?”
When you arrive at Parkdale Center, we will be ready and waiting for you. If appropriate, you may leave your personal items in your vehicle until you’re shown to your room. If you prefer to bring them inside, that is fine as well. Here is what comes next:.
The connection between substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders is well documented. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa.” Our experience here at Parkdale Center finds co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders to be even more frequent.
Hot dogs, apple pie, and recovery. Fourth of July cookouts, pool parties, family reunions, bonfires, weddings (and their accompanying bachelor/bachelorette parties), Labor Day… Now that more folks are enjoying gatherings again, summer gives us plenty of opportunities to enjoy our loved ones’ company. Yet these events can be tough to navigate for those in recovery. Even our nearest and dearest, even those who know we’re sober, can unwittingly push us to drink at parties.
Parkdale Center’s afternoon sessions are largely educational in nature, but recently we’ve added something new: Creative Expression. Led by counselor Christian Gabrano (who secretly has a background in art), patients spend time completing creative projects designed to encourage reflection and self-expression.
Parkdale Center is pleased to announce the return of our in-person Family Programs. Because in-person meetings have not been possible for some time, we have offered weekly virtual meetings for our patients’ families—and will continue to do so. However, our 2-day, in-person Family Programs offer patients and their loved ones a deep dive into addiction, recovery, and the healing process in a way that a Zoom meeting cannot replicate. We are delighted to be able to offer these programs again.
Session #6 of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists/ Support the Front series, Well-being for CRNAs and SRNAs, featured moderator Rodrigo Garcia in conversation with Dr.Dave Cummins, M.D., FASAM, and Medical Director of Parkdale Center for Professionals, the Indiana Professionals Recovery Program, and West Virginia Restore, among other professional positions. He is board certified in emergency medicine and addiction medicine, and he spoke with rigo about the connection between mental health and addiction, how that has been historically treated, and how that's changing. You can watch the entire session for free here.
As we reach the one-year anniversary of the initial pandemic lock-downs, there's no denying this has been an extraordinarily hard time for everyone. We are all struggling with stress, grief, isolation, added responsibilities, and many other challenges. In caregiving professions, this has complicated demands for extra shifts and extra responsibilities in high-pressure environments.