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Clinical Conversations: Medical Oversight in Addiction Treatment

Wasatch Crest’s Clinical Director, Rich McDonald, CMHC, and Nurse, Suzie Ware, RN, discuss medical monitoring during inpatient addiction treatment. Watch their full presentation below. About the Author Clinical Director, Rich McDonald, MS, CMHC, has created a clinical culture that empowers clients to rewrite their stories and develop meaningful lives. Rich brings over 25 years of leadership …

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New Year’s Resolutions for Those Recovering From Addiction

January is typically a time for people to take a step back, evaluate their lives, and to think about the possibilities for the new year. If you are recovering from addiction, there is no better time to think about how you will make the upcoming months your best yet. Here are some resolutions to consider. …

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The Benefits of Maintaining Efficient Communication Channels With Clients’ Healthcare Providers

Wasatch Crest’s Clinical Director, Rich McDonald, CMHC, discusses methods for maintaining clear communication channels between healthcare providers and the recovery center. You can watch Rich’s presentation below. A full continuum of care is necessary for successful, long-term recovery. Clear communication channels between providers and the recovery center ensure clients are supported throughout the substance abuse …

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Treating the Whole Person, Not Just the Addict

Alice Miller, world renowned psychologist and author, studied the impact of all kinds of child abuse on the human psyche. In her book, Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth, she says, “What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a …

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Getting Clients Covered: Advocating for Substance Abuse Treatment to Insurance Companies

Wasatch Crest’s Director of Utilization Review and Primary Therapist, Lindsay Fenton, CMHC, discusses strategies for efficiently securing insurance coverage of substance abuse treatment. About the Author Lindsay Fenton, CMHC, is the Director of Utilization Review and a Primary Therapist at Wasatch Crest. She advocates for clients to obtain authorizations from insurance companies, so that they …

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How to Tell If a Loved One Is Struggling with Addiction

Has your loved one experienced an unusual change in behavior? Are they struggling at work or with friends? How can you tell if a loved one is struggling with addiction? Signs of Alcohol Addiction Some of the telltale signs that your loved one may be struggling with an alcohol addiction is their inability to get …

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Overdose, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, On the Rise with Pandemic

As numbers of COVID-19 cases rise across the nation, businesses shut back down to help mitigate the crisis, and people deal with economic insecurity and continued social isolation, overdoses and drug and alcohol abuse are on the rise. Because of the ongoing stress of the pandemic and the economic and emotional strife people have experienced …

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Attachment Theory and Addiction

Wasatch Crest’s Clinical Director, Rich McDonald, MS, CMHC, discusses how attachment and addiction influence each other. In his presentation, Rich provides an overview of attachment theory. He also explores the difference between unhealthy and healthy attachment, and why individuals who struggle with addiction may also struggle with attachment. Rich provides ways providers can curate substance …

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