What are some examples of commonly used phrases that can have unintended damaging consequences? “This dessert is like crack to me.” “My girlfriend is psycho.” Have you ever considered certain language commonly used to reference behaviors can be harmful to those with addiction and behavioral disorders? What can you do? When you avoid using stigmatizing…

A man wondering, "How long does it take to detox from heroin?"

How Long Does It Take to Detox from Heroin?

For many, prescription drug abuse becomes a gateway for the cheaper substitute: heroin. Unfortunately, heroin is one of the most addictive illicit drugs people use. Its potency causes individuals who use it to not only experience an intense feeling of euphoria but to have their brain chemistry become immediately altered. When this occurs, individuals become…

client asking behavioral healthcare specialist what is high-functioning depression and its symptoms and treatment?

What Is High-Functioning Depression? Symptoms and Treatment

Depression is one of the most common mental health challenges in the United States, affecting young and old alike. While almost everyone has experienced “down” moods and periods of low energy and motivation, clinically diagnosed depression is far more disruptive to daily activities. There are many forms of depression, and no two individuals manifest symptoms…

young man asking behavioral healthcare specialist are ADHD meds addictive?

Are ADHD Meds Addictive?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that affects many children and adults in the United States. ADHD can manifest differently in different people, but it is usually characterized by difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. A number of prescription drugs have been presented over the years as effective treatments for the symptoms of…

young man asking therapist about outpatient vs. inpatient treatment and which is right for you

Outpatient vs. Inpatient Treatment: Which Is Right for You?

Addiction presents numerous challenges, not just for the individuals caught in its grip but also for their families and loved ones. It’s a health condition that stealthily infiltrates lives, leaving confusion, hurt, and despair in its wake. Recognizing addiction as a multifaceted disease requiring compassionate, professional intervention is the first step toward healing. However, the…



Santé Center for Healing has been approved by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (the Joint Commission) as a JCAHO accredited facility. Santé earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s…


Sex Addiction or Problematic Sexual Behavior? What are we getting wrong?

What is problematic sexual behavior? What is sex addiction? Problematic sexual behavior (PSB) is an on-going, uncontrollable pattern of sexual thoughts and behaviors that prove problematic in a person’s life. This particular form of addiction or compulsive behavior is often misunderstood. Sensationalized or worst-case scenarios may make headlines – but are not the norm. Though…


Why is Fentanyl Deadly?

Q & A with Santé’s Medical Director, Melissa Pennington, D.O.   Why have overdose deaths increased? Drug overdose deaths have increased as deaths from fentanyl escalate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have had a rapid and dramatic rise; overdose deaths involving these drugs have nearly…