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Recovery Coaches Added to Spartanburg ER
Spartanburg Medical Center’s ER adds recovery coaches to help those struggling with addiction. Three full-time and one part-time peer recovery coaches staff the ER station at Spartanburg Medical Center in shifts from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. The program started about two weeks ago, making it the third such service in ...
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Spartanburg County Fentanyl Deaths on the Rise
Fentanyl-related deaths reported in Spartanburg County have more than doubled in two years. Sue O’Brien, executive director of Spartanburg’s Forrester Center for Behavioral Health, said the increased rate of Fentanyl-related deaths is disheartening, but not surprising. The strength of the drug makes it particularly deadly, with users often overestimating how much they can take. She ...
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Fentanyl is taking more and more lives in Spartanburg County. The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health is one arm of the local effort to combat the overall opioid problem. “If you are buying opiates, pills, or other drugs off the street, you don’t know. You don’t know what might be laced in that,” said Susan ...
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What the Recent News Surrounding Celebrity Overdoses Tells Us About the Drug Epidemic
It’s hard to go more than a few weeks without hearing about another celebrity dying or almost dying from a drug overdose. Celebrities have every monetary possession available to them, yet many of them still find themselves dealing with the same demons that affect each and every one of us on a daily basis. There ...
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Parent’s Guide to Help your Kids Recover from Drug Addiction
At the Forrester Center for Behavioral Health, we prioritize offering treatment for kids who are working to recover from drug addiction, as well as providing helpful information to parents. All concerned parents undoubtedly experience stress, worry, fear, and uncertainty when their kids are in drug treatment recovery, and we want you to know that our ...
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What is Narcan and how it is Saving Lives?
When an individual has overdosed on opioids, their breathing can slow down and eventually stop, causing severe brain damage and even death. Narcan is an opioid antidote, meaning that it actually blocks the effects of the opioid. It restores normal breathing and, in many cases, saves a person’s life. Narcan is available by prescription only ...
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Benefits of Substance Abuse Counseling for Adolescents in Spartanburg County
“He had his whole life ahead of him.” “Only the good die young.” “Goodbyes hurt the most, when the story was not finished…” We’ve heard these lines and quotes so many times when it comes to our adolescents leaving this world too soon for unbeknownst reasons. If you ask us the major benefit of substance ...
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