Substance Abuse

  • She Always Had Time to Talk

    September 18, 2018

    After almost three decades of service at DLC, Nancy Scheffer, who helped thousands of people, is lauded with a Lifetime Recognition Award. Nancy Scheffer will never forget that time, years ago, when she was working the midnight shift at David Lawrence Center when...

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  • NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month Logo 2

    April’s Alcohol Awareness Month Provides Educational Opportunities to Help Parents Talk to Adolescents about the Impact of Alcohol Use and Offers Hope to Those Struggling

    April 06, 2017

    Each April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. In keeping with this year’s theme -- “Connecting the Dots:...

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  • New Program Helps Prevent Opioid Overdoses and Accidental Deaths

    By Free access to NARCAN® Nasal Spray now available

    November 30, 2016

    In order to combat opioid overdoses and accidental deaths which have quadrupled since 2000, David Lawrence Center now provides free access to NARCAN® Nasal Spray, the FDA-approved intranasal form of naloxone. Thanks to funding provided by the Department of Children and Families, this...

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  • Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse

    By Trends, dangers and tips for best defense

    July 25, 2016

    Published in the July 2016 "Teen Issue" of eBella Magazine. By: Nancy Dauphinais, David Lawrence Center Chief Operating Officer As parents, grandparents, teachers or mentors who have a positive, influential role in the lives of children and adolescents, we often worry if they...

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  • Battling Peer Pressure

    By How to help youth in the face of coersion

    July 25, 2016

    Published in the July 2016 "Teen Issue" of eBella Magazine. By Nancy Dauphinais, David Lawrence Center Chief Operating Officer A national research study demonstrated that that kids who played a driving video game while their friends were watching took more than twice the...

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  • Drug Prevention Programs | How is Education Relevant?

    January 20, 2016

    In a day and age where things are evolving very quickly, it is important to continue to monitor trends in both youths and adults over long periods of time so that treatment centers are able to structure the best kind of drug prevention...

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  • Tips for Preventing Teen Drug Use & Abuse

    December 02, 2015

    The David Lawrence Center and Crossroads Rehab Center are committed to restoring and rebuilding the lives of those affected by substance abuse in Collier County. One of the ways we can help to lower drug abuse is through preventing teenagers and young adults...

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  • The Key to Drug Use Prevention: Youth Education

    April 09, 2015

    Kicking the habit of drugs is not an easy thing to do. Just ask any person that’s conquered a drug addiction and they will tell you how difficult it is to face. There are many drug abuse treatment programs out there that can...

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  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Support Groups and Group Therapy in Southwest Florida

    January 07, 2015

    If you're in the Southwest Florida area seeking mental health and substance abuse support groups and group therapy programs, the David Lawrence Center has mental health and addiction services designed to meet the mental health needs of the local community. Mental health support...

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  • The Cycle of Addiction

    February 03, 2014

    Addiction is a brain disease that involves: obsessive thinking, compulsive need and craving for alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, food, etc.; loss of control over the use of the object of the addiction; and continued use despite negative consequences. The addicted brain is chemically...

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  • Preventing Prescription Drug Overdose

    February 02, 2013

    Last year, 99 people died of accidental pill overdoses in the four-county region that includes Collier, Lee, Hendry and Glades, an increase of about 15 percent from 2010. In an effort to help prevent drug related overdose deaths specifically among our youth and...

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  • Issue and Answers About Synthetic Drugs

    October 02, 2012

    Since 2008, designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts have become a growing problem in the United States and are prevalent in Collier County. These drugs are marketed toward young people as a "legal" high. The products are labeled "not for human...

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  • Underage Drinking

    April 01, 2011

    National Alcohol Awareness Month, held every April, is an opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol abuse and encourage people to make healthy, safe choices. In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, this Issues and Answers column is devoted to the prevention of underage drinking....

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  • Yoga and Recovery

    January 01, 2011

    By: Kiersten Mooney, owner of Bala Vinyasa Yoga Yoga can be a powerful and supportive tool for people who are going through major life changes and recovery. Increasingly, yoga and meditation are being embraced as ancillary modalities because they parallel and complement many...

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  • Bala Vinyasa Yoga Class Donation Helps Crossroads Clients Find Freedom and Recovery through Yoga

    January 01, 2011

    Bala Vinyasa Yoga has generously donated weekly yoga classes at their studio for clients enrolled in the Crossroads program, DLC's 16-bed adult residential substance abuse treatment program. The biological and psychological benefits of yoga is a direct complement to the Crossroads treatment services...

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  • Planning Teens Summer Activities Can Prevent Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems

    July 01, 2009

    Submitted by Christine Holmes, LMHC Director of Substance Abuse and Specialty Services David Lawrence Center Parents should take an active, inquisitive and direct approach to adolescent summer activity. Teens have a lot more free time in the summer and how they fill that time...

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  • Alcoholism Risk Factors, Societal Impact and How to Get Help

    April 01, 2009

    By: David Schimmel, CEO David Lawrence Center April is National Alcohol Awareness Month which provides organizations in the substance abuse field with an opportunity to encourage local communities to focus on alcohol abuse and addiction and its impact on society. Alcohol abuse is...

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  • Bruce Cook Helps Get People the Help They Need

    March 01, 2008

    Bruce Cook is an Adult Substance Abuse Outreach Specialist. Through his work, Cook actively encourages, educates and engages prospective clients who show a potential need for substance abuse services. His outreach efforts include advocating on behalf of clients with legal professionals and the...

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