For most people, the winter holiday season, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year, is a happy time filled with parties and gatherings with friends and family. For others, this time of year can be a time of loneliness, anxiety and depression, all of which can contribute to addiction.
“The holidays can be a time of heightened emotion about life events and memories of past events, like the loss of a spouse or another important person,” said William Glatt, M.D., Mills-Peninsula’s Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency department who brings over 30 years of experience to the program. “It can be a time of great loneliness which can kindle or increase drug and alcohol addiction.”
Every story of addiction is different. Despite perceptions, addicts are not only homeless people and movie stars. They are parents, professionals, neighbors and family members.
Each person struggling with an addiction to alcohol, drugs and other substances can feel isolated, frightened and hopeless. They wrestle with emotional and physical problems. Regardless of what circumstances led to addiction, there are paths to recovery.
Mills-Peninsula Health Services has introduced a unique residential-based rehabilitation option — an intensive 28-day program for people with alcohol- and drug-dependencies. Participants commit to attending the program seven days a week for four weeks at the newly renovated Behavioral Health Center inSan Mateo. The program is staffed by the same addiction medicine physicians and staff who care for patients admitted to Mills-Peninsula’s inpatient detoxification program. Read More about New Residential-Based Rehab Offered at Mills-Peninsula
On December 5, Mills-Peninsula’s Behavioral Health program, which provides inpatient and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency services, will move from its current location at Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame to a newly remodeled facility at Mills Health Center in San Mateo.
This move and expansion will allow the Behavioral Health program to serve more people in the community with addictions and mental illness. Capacity will be increased from 40 inpatient beds to 52 inpatient beds (26 adult mental health, 13 adolescent mental health and 13 chemical dependency). Read More about Mills-Peninsula’s Behavioral Health services relocating to Mills Health Center