The experienced professionals at Fairwinds Treatment Center are dedicated to supporting the healing process of those who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. Dr. M.K. (Khal) El-Yousef founded the center in 1989, instituting his dual diagnosis method of treatment, which involves mental and emotional therapeutic counseling as well as physical symptom treatment.
In order to enjoy long-term recovery, Dr. El-Yousef believes that patients must address their underlying psychological triggers as well as their physiological dependence on harmful substances. Only then can individuals truly heal and rejoin their families and society, leading happier and healthier lives.
The Medicaid Agency has declared Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) a national epidemic, with 1.5 infants born with the syndrome every hour in the United States.
NAS occurs when mothers continue using opiates or narcotics when they are pregnant, causing the infant to suffer from withdrawal symptoms after birth. The baby can usually be weaned off the drug within a few weeks without suffering any known side-effects. Newborns with NAS struggle with hyperactivity, seizures, tremors, failure to thrive, rapid breathing and excessive yawning.
Both Tennessee and Alabama have reported that the numbers of babies born with NAS has risen dramatically within the past few years. In Tennessee, 900 babies with NAS were born in the last year, representing a tenfold increase from a decade ago. In 2013, 345 cases were recorded, compared to just 170 in 2010. These instances involved both mothers who were prescribed opioid painkillers and those who likely used drugs like heroin during pregnancy.
If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse, contact Fairwinds, one of the best dual diagnosis treatment centers in the nation. The treatment professionals here can help you start your journey to recovery.