Patrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.

Desk where someone attempted to calculate the average cost of rehab

Average Cost of Rehab

The cost of rehab shouldn’t keep you from seeking help. Ironically, it’s a significant consideration for many people. Almost all have a difficult time stacking up the missed opportunity cost with the dollars that they might spend. It’s critical to know that rehab is more affordable than you might imagine. Understanding What Goes into the…

Woman who needs to hear about national PTSD awareness day 2019

National PTSD Awareness Day 2019

Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating psychological disorder. While people tend to attribute it to people who see combat action in the military, it can affect almost anyone. The causes encompass pretty much any occurrence that creates trauma for an individual. It’s near impossible to describe the profound effect it has on people.…

Man laying on the bed next to pills showing vicodin side effects

Vicodin Side Effects

For generations now, Vicodin has been a favorite go-to prescription pain medication for doctors to prescribe. It’s easily recognizable because of the name and likely more affordable because it’s been around for so long. Of course, neither of those positive attributes does anything to diminish the addictive nature of the drug. The following sections will…

Man exhibiting the signs of meth addiction

Signs of Meth Addiction

Meth takes a harrowing toll on both the mind and body of the user. The signs of meth addiction can be both physical and psychological. Some common physical symptoms include sores from obsessive scratching, rotting teeth, and severe weight loss. Some of the common psychological symptoms include irritability, confusion, paranoia, and aggressiveness. Understanding the Signs…

Man passed out on table showing signs of oxy addiction

Signs of Oxy Addiction

There’s no denying the US is stuck in the middle of an opiate addiction epidemic. Of course, the news is quick to point the finger at heroin and the savage drug fentanyl as the primary culprits. Unfortunately, the problem also includes prescription painkillers like Oxycodone. On the streets, recreational drug users are taking Oxycodone like…