About Synethia Toms

Synethia is an avid writer and blogger. Synethia holds a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech, and her interests include holistic health, herbology, reading, and human rights. She enjoys live music and plays, spending time in nature, and having fun with her toddler

In The News: Warnings of Counterfeit Oxycodone

On May 7, 2018, police issued a press release in Gulfport, Mississippi to make the public aware of counterfeit oxycodone tablets. Although those illicitly purchasing these tablets believe they are receiving oxycodone, they may actually be receiving fentanyl which could be deadly. After narcotics detectives seized multiple blue pills marked “A215”, the pills were analyzed [...]

By | May 24th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Comorbidity and Drug Addiction

Comorbidities are two or more disorders or illnesses that occur in the same person. Many people who are addicted to drugs are also diagnosed with other mental disorders and vice versa. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, these disorders could be caused by overlapping environmental triggers, overlapping genetic vulnerabilities, developmental disorders, or involvement [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Therapeutic Communities

Therapeutic Communities (TCs) began in the late 1950s as a form of long term residential treatment for substance use disorders. In its beginning stages, TCs were run solely by peers in recovery, and most did not allow program participants to use any medication. However, as decades passed, these communities began to incorporate a more comprehensive [...]

By | May 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Specific Needs of Women in Substance Abuse

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published a Quick Guide addressing specific needs that women may have when undergoing substance abuse treatment. It also suggested strategies for treatment that take into account women’s experiences and their unique biopsychosocial and cultural needs. For example, women are more likely to assume primary caregiver roles which [...]

By | May 9th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Study: Examining Codeine Misuse Across Countries

A study was conducted among pharmacists in South Africa, Ireland, and the United Kingdom to analyze their opinions and expertise regarding codeine misuse. Codeine is one of the most widely available opiates across the world—and it is available as an over the counter drug in all three of the aforementioned countries (mostly in lower dosages [...]

By | May 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Substance Use Disorders in Jail and Prison

While it is estimated that 8.5 percent of the general public aged 18 or older have substance use disorders, jails and prisons have a higher and disproportionate percentage of people with substance use disorders—53 percent and 68 percent respectively. Some of the challenges that incarcerated inmates with substance use disorders face are: they are less [...]

By | May 1st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Substance Abuse in the Aging Population

Approximately one in five older adults have one or more mental health or substance use conditions. Misusing drugs can sometimes be a special concern amongst this population because they receive a high proportion of prescription drugs due to increased likelihood of being prescribed long term and multiple medications. Age related changes in drug metabolism, possible [...]

By | April 25th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Substance Abuse in the Aging Population

Jennifer Miela-McDaniel, CADC II, BRI, CFMI, CTP, ICADC

Business Development Consultant Jennifer Miela~McDaniel, CADC II, BRI, CFMI, CTP, ICADC, #NC 207996 founder of An Invite to Life, LLC is a certified alcohol and drug counselor, CADC II, Board Registered Interventionist, BRI, Certified Field Model Interventionist, Certified Trauma Professional as well an International Alcoholism and Drug Counselor, ICADC. Jennifer is highly passionate about, treatment, [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|administrative-staff|Comments Off on Jennifer Miela-McDaniel, CADC II, BRI, CFMI, CTP, ICADC

Elmon Arrington

  Program Assistant Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Elmon (pronounced el-MAHN) has a true passion for learning and helping people. Nearly 30 years as a professional barber has enabled him to be able to interact with a variety of people from all walks of life and with very diverse backgrounds. Elmon is currently earning [...]

By | April 23rd, 2018|clinical-staff|Comments Off on Elmon Arrington

In The News: Officers Armed with Naloxone

On April 19, 2018, the LoudounNow newspaper published an article about the Purcellville Police Department in Loudoun County, VA equipping its officers with Naloxone (often referred to as Narcan). They are the first in the county to do so. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of heroin or prescription opioid drugs. Sixteen of Purcellville’s [...]

By | April 23rd, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on In The News: Officers Armed with Naloxone

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