Jennifer Matthews – Clinical Director

Jennifer Matthews, LPC, NCC, CDWF

Clinical Director

Jennifer Matthews has been in practice since 2006. She specializes in assessment, complex trauma work, and addressing shame-based behaviors in addiction treatment. She has worked in several states, for both non-profit and for profit agencies. Ms. Matthews has 4 years experience in residential treatment settings, including implementing the Daring Way curriculum into programs. She also has several years experience in all other levels of care in both substance abuse and mental health focused treatment.

Jenn completed an internship in 2008 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center Behavioral Medicine Unit and Alta Care. She has been a National Certified Counselor since 2011. She received her EMDR training in 2013. She has been a Certified Daring Way Facilitator since 2013.

Ms. Matthews received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Troy University in 2006, Cum Laude. She completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Troy University in 2008, Summa Cum Laude.

Dr. Frederic J. Wilson – Medical Director

Dr. Frederic J. Wilson is a licensed MD specializing in psychiatry. He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and his specializations include dual diagnosis with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral problems. He received his undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University and attended medical school at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. His general psychiatry residency was completed with the UT Southwestern Program in Austin. He has experience at a number of facilities including Seton Shoal Creek, the University of Texas Mental Health Center, Austin State Hospital, Dell Children’s Medical Center, and more.

As Medical Director of Nova Recovery Center, Dr. Wilson sees clients on a regular basis. Dr. Wilson utilizes a multidimensional approach to the mental health needs of Nova clients, incorporating biological, psychological, and social aspects into addiction treatment.

To learn more about Dr. Wilson, please visit his website.

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin Addiction Treatment: An ABC 20/20 special

On the evening of March 11th, 2016, ABC ran a special on heroin addiction treatment. The special investigation Breaking Point: Heroin in America reported by David Muir focused on how heroin affect individuals and the community of New Hampsire’s lives. 

The story follows families, individuals and the New Hampshire community, covering the heroin epidemic and the absolute need for heroin addiction treatment. One of the individuals, a 22 year affected by heroin Aaron Smith, is cover in the ABC interview.  ABC reports like ” many heroin addicts, Smith said his addiction started with prescription pain killers. Heroin provides an almost identical high to these prescription opioids. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), four out of five new users start with prescription pills and then move on to heroin. And according to the DEA, heroin is now much cheaper to buy on the streets than black market prescription pain killers.

According to the CDC, approximately 29 Americans die from heroin overdoses every day. From 2013 to 2014, heroin overdose death rates increased 26 percent.

Today, 90 percent of first-time users are white — young men and women in their 20s mostly living in suburban and rural areas, according to the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry.”

Although the news report covers the affect of heroin in New Hampshire, heroin use and heroin overdose is affecting many communities in the United States. The story points out the abundant need for heroin addiction treatment and the access to heroin addiction treatment. law makers have also begun to take necessary steps. Many communities are beginning to equip first responders with anti overdose medication and retail chains have begun to over the anti overdose medication as an OTC. Ever law makers have begun to step in and propose legislation. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2015 is the most expansive federal, bipartisan legislation to date for addiction support services, designating up to $80 million toward advancing treatment and recovery support services in state and local communities across the country, according to NAADAC. As the straggles been to unfold, that are necessary tools to combat heroin overdoses and assist in helping individuals seek heroin addiction treatment and complete a heroin addiction treatment program. To watch the whole story for ABC, a link of the full episode is available from YouTube.

When Alcohol Rehab is Needed

Alcohol rehab is needed, when one develops alcohol addiction. The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines alcohol addiction as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

Signs of Alcohol Addiction that can lead to Alcohol Rehab

dual-diagnosisAlcoholism is the most severe form of problem drinking. Alcoholism is above alcohol abuse, but it also involves another element: physical dependence on alcohol. If you rely on alcohol to function or feel physically compelled to drink, you’re an alcoholic. HelpGuide provides the following breakdown, to help determine if alcoholism has developed.

Tolerance: The 1st major warning sign of alcoholism

Do you have to drink a lot more than you used to in order to get buzzed or to feel relaxed? Can you drink more than other people without getting drunk? These are signs of tolerance, which can be an early warning sign of alcoholism. Tolerance means that, over time, you need more and more alcohol to feel the same effects.

Withdrawal: The 2nd major warning sign of alcoholism

Do you need a drink to steady the shakes in the morning? Drinking to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms is a sign of alcoholism and a huge red flag. When you drink heavily, your body gets used to the alcohol and experiences withdrawal symptoms if it’s taken away. These include:

  • Anxiety or jumpiness
  • Shakiness or trembling
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache

In severe cases, withdrawal from alcohol can also involve hallucinations, confusion, seizures, fever, and agitation. These symptoms can be dangerous, so talk to your doctor if you are a heavy drinker and want to quit.

Other signs and symptoms of alcoholism (alcohol dependence)

  • You’ve lost control over your drinking. You often drink more alcohol than you wanted to, for longer than you intended, or despite telling yourself you wouldn’t.
  • You want to quit drinking, but you can’t. You have a persistent desire to cut down or stop your alcohol use, but your efforts to quit have been unsuccessful.
  • You have given up other activities because of alcohol. You’re spending less time on activities that used to be important to you (hanging out with family and friends, going to the gym, pursuing your hobbies) because of your alcohol use.
  • Alcohol takes up a great deal of your energy and focus. You spend a lot of time drinking, thinking about it, or recovering from its effects. You have few if any interests or social involvements that don’t revolve around drinking.
  • You drink even though you know it’s causing problems. For example, you recognize that your alcohol use is damaging your marriage, making your depression worse, or causing health problems, but you continue to drink anyway.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse: Is Alcohol Rehab needed

PAWSAOften times, when we are in the stages of alcohol abuse, we are often oblivious to our risky behaviors and actions. Participating in alcohol abuse, can be dangerous, but is pushing the boundaries between a heavy drinker and alcoholism. Alcohol rehab, can often times create an opportunity for an individual to assess their alcohol abuse before it turns to alcoholism. WebMD list the following alcohol abuse symptoms.

  • You have problems at work or school because of your drinking, such as being late or not going at all. 
  • You drink in risky situations, such as before or while driving a car.
  • After drinking, you can’t remember what happened while you were drinking (blackouts). 
  • You have legal problems because of your drinking, such as being arrested for harming someone or driving while drunk (intoxicated).
  • You get hurt or you hurt someone else when you are drinking. 
  • You keep drinking even though you have health problems that are caused or made worse by alcohol use, such as liver disease (cirrhosis).
  • Your friends or family members are worried about your drinking.

Why Choose a Texas Inpatient Drug Rehab Center

Texas Inpatient Drug Rehab Center

Nova Recovery Center’s Texas inpatient drug rehab center can help you or your loved one, get their life back on track. While there are many excellent programs, it’s critical to locate one that will meet and exceed your standards. Our Texas inpatient drug rehab center is a full continuum of care facility that includes detox, residential services, accountability and sober living in Texas. No matter your short or long-term sobriety goals, our Texas inpatient drug rehab program can assist your needs. When you are prepared to take the next step, assistance is just a toll-free phone call away at 1 (855) 782-1531.

Whether you’re looking to liberate yourself from heroin, cocaine, alcohol or some other substance, Nova Recovery Center can help. We offer up a 90-day drug and alcohol treatment program, offer multiple treatment modalities. To begin the admissions process today, call now and talk to one of our representatives.

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Detox Services in Texas

While not all Texas alcohol and drug treatment centers require detoxification services, it is crucial they are flushed from the body before starting a Texas inpatient drug rehab program. Detoxifying is often considered to be the most difficult elements of drug and alcohol rehab program, and many people struggle during this process. As part of Nova Recovery Center’s Texas inpatient drug rehab programs, we offer a full detoxification service with Hill Country Detox.

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Sober Living Services in Texas

After exiting our Texas inpatient drug rehab facility – we recommend our clients join a sober living community. These communities provide a structured and accountable environment for individuals to continue their success within their sobriety. In these sober living homes, we provide a safe and structured community with the support of sober mentors and programming to maximize outcomes for long-term sobriety. For more information about our Sober Living in Texas contact Nova Recovery Homes Today.

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