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Drowning in a Stream of Prescriptions

This has been happening for quite awhile now. I’m happy to see that it is getting some attention. We are losing too many of our children to prescription drugs!

“Before his addiction, Richard Fee was a popular college class president and aspiring medical student. “You keep giving Adderall to my son, you’re going to kill him,” said Rick Fee, Richard’s father, to one of his son’s doctors.” Read the entire New York Times piece here.


Maui teen dies from apparent prescription drug & alcohol combo

The majority of the calls I receive are from the family member of adolescents and adults addicted to opioid type drugs like Oxycodone. We did such a great job of getting behind the “Ice Epidemic” here on Maui. My hope is that we do the same for what is now a “prescription drug addiction epidemic.” We are losing too many young people to this epidemic. My heartfelt prayers go out to the family of this young man. I posted this in hopes that people realize the seriousness of this issue.

–Debbie Bayer

KHON Covers Maui Teen Overdose Death



How Can We Solve the Opioid Epidemic?

“At least 8 million Americans fall asleep at night under the influence of an opioid. Every morning, 40 of them don’t wake up. What can be done to control this epidemic?” Read more from TheFix.com here.

Hawaii had their eye on  the “Ice Epidemic” while the “Opioid Epidemic” snuck up on us. Over half of the calls we receive at BHH are from family members regarding a loved one that is struggling with Opioid addiction, either street prescription drugs or MD’s over prescribing.

Opioid Pill

If you’re concerned for you or loved one, call today for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation: (808) 234-9838

Doctors Easily Miss Signs of Problem Drinking

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During a recent trip to the doctor, the nurse asked me how much I drink weekly. Before I was able to get the answer out, she quickly said, ‘it’s okay, we don’t have to deal with that question.’ She was clearly very uncomfortable asking that question.  Doctors are trying to treat your present issue and if it isn’t directly related to alcohol, an abuse problem will probably be missed.

Alcoholism is a major cause of death in the United States. Don’t depend on your Dr. to assess your drinking patterns. Talk to a professional.


Read supporting material from TheFix.com here.

What is evidence based addiction, anyway?

Behavioral Health Hawaii is proud to say that we offer evidenced based treatment. Debbie Bayer attends conferences regularly to stay up on the most effective ways to treat the disease of addiction. Learn more in the below article from PsychCentral.


Last month, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University released a five-year study assessing the state of addiction treatment in the U.S. Among other findings, CASA reported that only one in 10 people in need of addiction treatment get it, and of those who do, most “do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care.” Evidence-based care does exist in a minority of treatment centers, but how does one go about finding it? What exactly is evidence-based care? In short, evidence-based care is treatment that is backed by scientific research.

Read the rest of the article and learn more from PsychCentral.

Thoughts Around the Death of Clippers’ Owner’s Son

Sadly, last week, the son of the Clipper’s owner was found dead in his Malibu home from what KTLA reported appeared to be a drug overdose.

It is important to remember that a relapse after a period of abstinence from opioid is very dangerous. The addict thinks they can use as much as they did prior to abstaining and they overdose. They think ‘I’ll just use this one time‘ and it becomes the last time…

God Bless his family and all the families that lose their children to this horrible disease. Learning the difference between enabling and helping your adult child is very important. I can help.

Learn more about BHH’s groups and workshops here.