News & Updates from SpecialCare
We Value Our Relationships!
Working at Bayfront Health Brooksville is a pleasure for our team, and the
reward of working with dedicated nurses makes the job complete and worthwhile!
One of these dedicated Nurses, Sebrina Sellers an LPN of the Medical/ Surgical
team, is recognized by patients as “… great, she made me feel comfortable, was
encouraging and gave me hope.” Sebrina’s emphasis on utilizing a dignified and
caring approach with New Vision patients is recognized by her Director as “the
places diligent attention to documenting patient conditions, symptoms, and
outcomes. With a positive attitude and radiant persona, Sebrina encourages and
supports her team in all she does! Along with phenomenal care, Sebrina’s calm
demeanor provided patients with comfort amongst an unfamiliar path in their
strive to break the cycle of addiction!
and encouragement are what we wish to give our patients at Bayfront Health
Brooksville as they begin recovery. We are happy to have her on our team along
with the entire amazing nursing team!” -Amanda Schuknecht, MS Service
We are thankful for the hard work and positive collaboration
between our staff at Brooksville and their nurses!
New Vision at Bayfront Health Brooksville
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Welcome Aboard, Monroe Hospital!
SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporation is proud to
welcome Monroe Hospital as our newest partner in our efforts to
combat addiction! Monroe Hospital is located in Bloomington, IN and is a Prime Health Systems affiliate. The
hospital opened in October 2006. The hospital’s mission is to deliver
compassionate, quality care to patients and better healthcare to communities
We also want to
welcome Shayne Ault, Service Coordinator and Maria Ucan, the unit’s Intake Coordinator. We are extremely excited that
Monroe recognized the need for help in their community! Welcome aboard, Monroe
This Is Me: A Recovery Story - Opal
is a single mother of one young child and expecting another baby. She
has been using Heroin IV and smoking crack for the past 2 years. She also used
benzos on occasion.
at a local community baby shower, Opal obtained information about our service.
She contacted New Vision for Expectant Mothers™ the very next day to inquire
about our services and to see if we could help her.
was admitted to our service and remained inpatient for 12 days. Her length of
stay was longer due to her benzo use and her goal of abstinence. Opal was
safely stabilized and discharged to a residential treatment specializing in
pregnant and parenting mothers.
her discharge, Opal and her child are living together in this residential
program where she continues to live sober. She has attended every doctor
appointment as scheduled and is expected to deliver a healthy, drug-free baby
in the upcoming weeks. Both kids and mom will all live together in the
residential program in the beginning and then Opal will participate in a
program that assists with transitional housing.
has re-enrolled in college to finish her degree. She continues to be a positive
mentor and role model for other women in the residential program. Opal voices
her gratitude for the New Vision for Expectant Mothers™ service at almost every
Alcohol Use during Pregnancy
New Vision for
Expectant Mothers™ is a service developed to help expecting mothers end their
current addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.
Did you know:
2011-2013 about half of the women in the child bearing age range (18-44)
reported alcohol use.
pregnant women, the highest prevalence of use was among those that were 35-44
years old, college graduates, and single.
in 5 women aged 18-44 reported binge drinking in the past 30 days when this
study was taken.
in 10 PREGNANT women aged 18-44 reported binge drinking in the past 30 days.
use during pregnancy is associated with a range of adverse reproductive
outcomes and can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, characterized by
lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities (CDC.gov)
half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and alcohol-related
fetal harm can occur in early pregnancy, potentially before a woman recognizes
that she is pregnant. Therefore, the best time to assess alcohol consumption
and inform women about health consequences to them and their child is before
and Prescription Painkiller Addiction
in sports are close to inevitable. Contact injuries (concussions, broken bones)
and non-contact injuries (torn muscle, torn ligament) all seem part of the
sport an individual willingly chooses to play.
react differently than others on both their physical health and their mental
health. Some can handle how the injury affects every aspect of their lives, and
for some, the injury can cause mental instability.
seem to be a major issue, because there is no real timetable for a return for
the athlete, as well as it could have some psychological effect as the brain is
Pain medication given for post-surgery pain can lead
to addiction, as the athlete will not be preoccupied by their sport, as well as
a possible mental health disorder that can follow them.
Vision™ serves as the source to help those athletes to break the addiction of
pain medication. After successfully removing the urge for the high caused by
the pills, an athlete can concentrate on the necessary rehabilitation &
recovery needed—both physical and mental.
This Is Me: A Recovery Story - Robin
“As I look back over the past 11 years of my life, I realize that I am thankful for so much this holiday season. When I was diagnosed with severe headaches caused by a benign tissue mass in my sinus cavity in 2001, I could have never predicted that just two short years later my world would be turned upside down by addiction.
"In two years, I went from being a hardworking, productive, trustworthy, motivated, outgoing, positive, law abiding member of society to an opiate addict in the throes of addiction who had lost all of those wonderful characteristics. I led myself down a dark hole of addiction, living a dishonest life wherein I found myself arrested. I had dreamed of a way out for many months prior to my arrest but at that moment, I knew a change was necessary no matter how hard it would be. I took my last opiate pill at 4:00 am on December 13, 2004 and since then my life has flourished.”
This Is Me: A Recovery Story by a New Vision™ client
I smoked weed, and always said I'll never move on to any harder drugs. That's where I started to climb the
ladder I call addiction. Then I moved on to cocaine and in between weed and cocaine there was acid and shrooms. I must add: I always justified what I was doing by saying at least I'm not doing meth or heroin. After a few years of
doing cocaine, one day I was hanging out with “using friends.” They were doing heroin and asked if I wanted to try it, and I said sure. From that day on I would do heroin every day for about three years.
I didn't want to work because all I was worried about was getting high all the time. My relationship at the time and my family relationships became very strained. I would go on the next few years using, losing jobs, lying, manipulating, stealing and only caring about myself. Eventually my addiction landed me in jail. I ended up getting clean before I started drug court. I did very well in drug court for quite a while. I attended meetings and groups regularly. I made it to step three of the program and then I hit a wall. I started using again, and eventually I went to jail again.
I used up to the day I went to jail. I was given a sentence of thirty days county time. My parents took me to court the day I had to turn myself in. Little did I know this is the last time I would ever see my father alive. I was about a week and a half away from getting out and I had got a visit. I walked up to the visiting room and saw that it was my mother and brother there. I knew something was off because my brother was not on my visiting list. I talked to my mother for a few minutes and then she said my brother had something to tell me. My brother sat down and told me we had lost our dad. I didn't know how to take it. It was the last thing I ever expected to hear. Because of my addiction I wasn't able to attend my father's funeral.
After getting out of jail, I moved back to my mother’s. Things were hard for her and I and my brother and sisters. I didn’t know how to deal with the loss of my father so I did what addicts do and started to use again so I didn't have to feel. I used for a while till I went to detox. Detox did not work for me it was just a break. I had plans to use the whole time I was there. Soon after detox, I started using again. I had no job so I stole and manipulated to get high. I put my family through hell with my addiction.
I went to New Vision™, then to rehab again and actually took it serious this time and worked on myself. I was going to be a father again at this time also. I was in rehab for almost thirty days. My son Noah was born while I was there. Once again my disease caused me to miss out on important things in life. I knew Noah would be born while I was there but this time I had a different attitude about recovery.
I told myself that this is what I have to do and I am no good to anybody if I'm using. Since I have been clean my life has changed so much. I have met lots of great people and I have tons of support. The help is always there if you want it. There is nothing I would not do to stay clean and sober today. I attend groups and try to help those still suffering as much as I can. I feel that helping others with what I have been through is my calling and it works for me. Never can I forget who I am where I have come from and how far I have come. The moment I forget all those things, I am reminded of the pain and suffering I caused to self and others.
Recovery is possible and I'm living proof. I thank God that I still have my family in my life after all the horrible things I put them through. They never turned their backs on me. They are my rock and I'm grateful for that every day. I'm grateful that God has put all the people in my life today that help me. Without them I don't know where I would be. I feel like I'm finally free. I hope people that read this will get some hope out of it. There is life after addiction. When that day comes God will give me strength for that day. Thank you for reading. I'm Adam and I'm a addict. Take it from me, drugs suck.
Disclaimer: this is an excerpt condensed from content. The entire document was written and provided by the client.
Memorial Day Special
On Memorial Day, we celebrate the lives of the brave men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedom. While there are many who have lost their lives in the line of duty, there are also many who have not but who still suffer.
Many of our service members suffer from both physical and mental pain—which can range from PTSD to injuries suffered on the battlegrounds.
Prescription drugs are being used more, which can lead to substance abuse in some circumstances.
According to SAMHSA, there are over 23 million veterans in the United States, with around 2 million active duty personnel in the military. SAMHSA also computes that a little over 7% of these veterans meet the criteria for substance abuse. In 2009, mental and substance abuse disorders were the leading cause of hospitalizations among US troops.
There seems to be an epidemic among veterans and troops when it comes to substance use and abuse. But there is help!
NV provides medical stabilization and withdrawal management services in a care, and confidential environment. Our hearts mourn deeply for the troops and veterans lost due to substance abuse.