Substance Use Screening After the Holidays

Substance Use Screening After the Holidays By Megan L. Roudabush, LMSW, CAADC The start of the New Year is a key time to screen for substance use. Many people are exposed to stressors during the holiday season, such as hosting...

Understanding Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Can Aid Recovery

Understanding Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Can Aid Recovery
More than 21.5 million Americans age 12 and older had substance use disorder in past year. (SAMHSA, 2014) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a broad term that covers what used to be called substance abuse and substance dependence. It encompasses...

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Addiction & Opiate Use Disorder

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Addiction & Opiate Use Disorder

Our present problem with opiates began a couple decades ago when it was decided that people had a right to be pain free. Pain became the fifth vital sign. Although an admirable goal, this quickly became a rallying cry from…

Katherine DeVries, LMSW, CAAC

Kathy is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor with over 15 years of experience in human services.  She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Michigan State University in 2000 and a Master of Social…

The Continuum of Care for Patients with Substance Use Disorders

The Continuum of Care for Patients with Substance Use Disorders in the New Millenium By Jon Weeldreyer, MA, CAAC A brief history of treatment Treatment for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) patients had very different beginnings. The medical...

How Prescribers Can Address the Growing Opioid Epidemic

How Prescribers Can Address the Growing Opioid Epidemic

Prescribers have an important role in stemming the opioid epidemic. Pine Rest’s John Budnick, PA-C, reviews warning signs and behaviors that could indicate that your patient may be developing a substance use disorder.

Understanding and Overcoming Opioid Abuse

Understanding and Overcoming Opioid Abuse

The abuse of and dependence on prescription painkillers has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and around the world. According to federal U.S. data, an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related…

Krista Matthews, MA, LPC, CAADC

Krista is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has provided services at the Pine Rest since 2009. Prior to coming to Pine Rest Krista has worked in the human services field for 20 years…

Amanda Walker, Master’s Limited Licensed Psychologist, CAADC

Amanda is a Master’s level Psychologist and certified advanced addiction counselor joining the Pine Rest Kalamazoo Clinic in 2017. Prior to Pine Rest, Amanda provided mental health and substance abuse services since 2010 for several community mental health agencies and…