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Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation provides treatment for addiction and related mental health disorders. The most helpful thing we do is educate everyone affected by addiction – addicts, family members and industry professionals. During the past two years, CeDAR has developed an online library of over 100 educational articles.
Susan Dearing-Bond, Senior Director at CeDAR, says, “Our goal is to empower people to make informed choices for treatment and recovery. We want the community to have a quality online resource to use whenever they need it.”
The content is in-depth. These aren’t pop culture light reads. Each article is designed to inform people in recovery, family members and professionals in the healthcare industry about the many facets of addiction and treatment. Categories by subject include these articles:
Addiction Science: Kratom – What is it?, What Makes Fentanyl so Dangerous?, Adding or Increasing Medication, Sleep – Part 1, 2 and 3, Vaping Research Review, Past Treatment Experiences, The Arc of Addiction – A Disease Model, Recovery Capital, Treatment Planning, Addiction Treatment Levels of Care, Functional Anaylysis, Avenues for Accountability, Stages of Change, Neuroplasticity and the Prefrontal Coretex, Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, Psychological Traits of Addicted Teens, Coping with Relapse
Alcohol and Its Effects: Alcoholic Liver Disease, Naltrexone and the COMBINE Study, GABA/Glutamate System and PAWS, Medication Assisted Treatment, Dual Diagnosis, To Drink or Not to Drink?, The Spectrum of Alcohol Consumption, Drinking at Someone,
Family Recovery: Empathy Needs to be Mutual, Trust Triangle, Better Boundaries, Treatment Pitfalls – Revoking ROI’s, The Persecutor, The Rescuer, The Victim, The Drama Triangle, Motivational Interviewing, Chronic Disease and Family Goals, Supporting vs. Enabling, Day 1 May be in a Few Months, The Four Horsemen
Life in Recovery: Attaching to CeDAR, What is Love?, I Have Mild Depression … Should I Take Meds?, Structured vs. Open Support
Mental Health & Addiction: Tech Addiction, Why We Test, Do I Have Bipolar?, Attachment – Then and Now, Bipolar Disorder in Addicted Populations, Anxiety Disorders – Getting Specific, ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression,
Mindfulness: Mindfulness Training in Addiction Recovery, Mindfulness – Not Mindlessness, Square Breathing, Mindful Muscle Relaxation, The Sandcastle Dilemma
Opioid Addiction: Buprenorphine/Suboxone Taper, Target Buprenorphine Dosing, Coping with Cravings, Harm Reduction, Brain Change, Early Stabilization Topics and Safety, Moving from Painkillers to Heroin, Buprenorphine
Peer Support: Wanting What Someone Else Has, Is it a Good Idea to Move if I’m Addicted?, Recovery = Action = Recovery, Getting Through the Holidays, Clean House, Your Ten Dimensions, Four Financial Myths, the S.A.M. Guide to Goal Setting, Exercise 101, H.O.W. Communication – Honesty, Open-Mindedness, and Willingness, Nutrition Action Plan, Culture of Addiction vs. Culture of Recovery, Spiritual Spectrum of Peer Support
Psychotherapy: Three Forms of Empathy, Psychic Determinism, Differentiating Goals, Acting In vs. Acting Out, Boundaries and D.E.A. Communication, Addicted Self vs. Healthy Self, Maximizing Therapy, Trauma Basics, Toxic Shame and the Loss of ‘Self’, Intro to CBT and Dynamic Therapy, Locus of Control, Wise Mind, Partitioning Trust, Attachment in Recovery
Sociology and Public Health: The People vs. Big Opioid, Choosing Sobriety had Become Popular, The Importance of the United Health Ruling, Medically Necessary, Integration Rather than Polarization, Revisiting the Harms of Alcohol, Tobacco – The Greatest World Health Burden, Second-Hand Tobacco Toxicity, What make for Quality Treatment?, Professionals in Recovery, Learning from the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, Treatment Search Barriers, Social Cost of Opioid Painkiller Abuse, Mangled Needles
Treatment and Care: Methods of Drug Testing, The Early, Mid, and End Game, CeDAR as a Teaching Hospital, 5 Things Every Therapist Wants You to Know, Top 5 Reasons People Leave Treatment Early, Cultural Assessment, Tailored Trauma Recovery, Treatment Contracting, Medical Detoxification – What to Know Before Treatment, The Introductory Clinical Evaluation
CeDAR – Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation is a non-profit treatment facility for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Located on a beautiful, private campus integrated into the University of Colorado Hospital, CeDAR provides inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment along with the highest levels of medical and psychiatric care.
Park Meadows offers guests something truly special this holiday season with magical 3-D lights, Santa’s twinkling wonderland, and festive décor throughout the center. Guests will have a reason to be merry and bright as they enjoy a culmination of exciting holiday experiences for the entire family at Colorado’s Only Retail Resort.
Park Meadows puts its best foot forward by collaborating with local artists and Colorado companies to make the shopping center sparkle and shine with memorable décor that enhances the shopping experience. Incorporating a unique vision with custom décor for each holiday season, Colorado’s Only Retail Resort delivers nothing short of magic.
The almost 1.6 million square foot shopping center offers a surprise for your eyes when visitors put on their fun 3-D glasses and experience the twinkling lights found throughout the shopping center. Lights come to life with holographic glasses that transform the beautiful Christmas lights to Santa, candy canes or snowflakes. Guests can pick up their own 3-D glasses from Santa or select vendors throughout Park Meadows.
Make Park Meadows a holiday tradition no matter the weather. The 3-D enhancement adds to the already festive atmosphere of plush garland, warm fireplaces, and over 1 million twinkling lights in and around the Colorado-inspired architecture. And don’t forget to check out the 6-foot glitter ornaments hanging within the 225-foot ceiling of Center Court, to complement the America the Beautiful mural. A true must see!
“Park Meadows is committed to providing a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that is truly memorable and enjoyable while also supporting our Colorado businesses,” says Pam Kelly, Senior General Manager. “We hope to delight our guests this holiday season with our interactive 3-D décor along with many other exciting elements and perks.”
Visitors will also discover an exciting Santa experience in the Dillard’s Court as they walk through 12 foot ‘SANTA’ letters at the entrance to the twinkling winter set. Little ones will experience wonder and delight as they stroll through the giant Christmas tree and take in the sights and sounds of Santa’s winter wonderland with Santa’s sleigh, woodland snowmen, festive reindeer, custom costumes and interactive elements. Good little boys and girls will enjoy holiday cartoons broadcast from Santa’s sleigh and balloon entertainment on select days while waiting in line to share their wishes with St. Nick, making the retail resort the next best thing to actually visiting the North Pole.
And voila…the holidays have arrived!
Add more than 200 amazing stores and 14 full-service restaurants to the holiday mix and you now know why they call Park Meadows, Colorado’s Only Retail Resort.
Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, went live across 17 hospitals in offering needle-free blood draws for inpatients using the PIVO™ device from Velano Vascular. “This new technology is changing the face of how patients experience hospital care,” says Dawn Bloemen, Centura Health’s Emerging Technology Analyst. Blood draws are such a common component of a hospital stay, the associated trauma to patients has largely been overlooked – and while the results inform 70% of all clinical decisions, there has been little innovation in this procedure or related technologies in decades. “PIVO means we can get the blood we need from an already placed IV line, painlessly, avoiding some eight hundred and fifty thousand unnecessary needle sticks a year! It’s a game changer, and Centura is very proud to be leading the way towards a more comfortable hospital stay for our patients,” Bloeman adds.
Since the first implementation of PIVO at Littleton Adventist Hospital in October 2018 and then expanding the use of this device across the Region, Centura Health has successfully removed 382,433 needles from the workplace – not only making an impact to the patients, but also providing a safer environment to our staff.
PIVO works through a special connection at a patient peripheral IV line, enabling Centura Health caregivers to extract high quality blood samples directly from the vein, pain-free, without an additional needle stick.
“We are committed to innovation on behalf of the half a million patients and the tens of thousands of providers that tend to their health and wellbeing within our hospitals every year,” said Shauna Gulley, SVP and Chief Clinical Officer of Centura Health. “We are proud to be the first health system in the region and one of the first in the country to challenge the need for needles in blood collection, upending a status quo that creates unnecessary pain, anxiety and risk.” “Just last week we had an infant patient getting treated in our Emergency Department at St. Anthony North that needed labs drawn after the IV was inserted,” Bloeman stated. “The family was anxious, dealing with another young sibling while attempting to soothe the patient. Needless to say, this family was very relieved and appreciative when we were able to complete the lab draws without another poke, avoiding additional stress to an already stressful situation.”
Earlier this year Velano Vascular was named one of Fast Company’s 2019 Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Biotech for pioneering better blood draws. The PIVO device now being used in all Centura Health hospitals across Colorado and western Kansas.
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, our caregivers make the region’s best health care accessible.
We’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care. We’re Centura Health, and we’re your dedicated health partner for life.
For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.
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The end of Daylight Saving Time brings with it much more than just an extra hour of sleep this past Sunday. In fact, the seasonal shift in our sleep patterns, combined with new lighting conditions during morning and evening commutes, significantly increase the risk of a car crash for several weeks following the switchover.
“Shorter days mean many of us will commute home from work in the dark,” said AAA Colorado spokesman Skyler McKinley. “That’s a problem, in part, because we’ve gotten used to nearly eight months of daylight during the evening commute. That all changes now. Sunset is one of the most challenging times to drive, as your eyes must frequently adjust to increasing darkness.”
AAA recommends that motorists prepare for night driving by reducing speed and increasing following distances, ensuring that headlights and taillights are operational, and getting plenty of rest before driving.
Behavioral Changes Increase Risk
Paradoxically, even though we should be gaining an hour of sleep, the disruption to our sleep patterns helps drive fatigue-related crashes.
Researchers at Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with the Insurance Bureau of British Columbia, found that changes in motorist behavior as Daylight Saving Time ends fundamentally increase crashes following the time change. Why? Initially, people stay up later than usual, anticipating they’ll get an extra hour of sleep, and end up driving drowsy. The broader disruption to our body’s sleep/wake cycle and circadian rhythm, meanwhile, can last up to two weeks.
BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
As the three-day freeze finally thawed and the sun peeked out on October 30, 100 people came to the Hilton Inverness Hotel in Englewood to say goodbye and pay tribute to Denver South Economic Development Partnership’s (DSEDP) highly revered senior vice-president, 12-year veteran Lynn Myers.
Myers has said that her favorite part of her job was “the spirit of regional cooperation and the celebration of successes across the jurisdictions.” Cities in the south metro area are well-known for their commitment to not directly compete with one another for companies relocating to the area, rather to work together to identify the best location in the south metro region, agreeing that the synergies of new economic development benefit all.
Nancy Sharpe, Arapahoe County Commissioner and DSEDP board member, talked about the crucial role Lynn has played in bringing noteworthy companies to south metro Denver. Among those are Arrow Electronics, Fidelity Investments, Comcast, Visa, and Charles Schwab.
Buz Koelbel, vice-chair of the board of DSEDP and president and CEO of Koelbel and Company, a prominent Denver land development company continuously operating since 1952, said that Lynn “was the glue that kept things going. She has written the book on establishing relationships and connecting people in a way that made this area so successful.”
When her turn came to address her many friends and admirers, Myers said, “Everything I know I learned from being a realtor and a county commissioner. I love local government. Mayors and city council members do the day-to-day work.” She talked about her interactions and efforts with hundreds of companies in her 12 years at DSEDP, pointing to Arrow Electronics and Fidelity Investments as examples of “primary job generators who keep the whole system going.”
Among the many elected officials and business leaders who came by to pay their respects to Myers were the current and former CEO’s of DSEDP, Tom Brook and Mike Fitzgerald, Arapahoe County Commissioners Nancy Sharpe, Kathleen Conti and Jeff Baker, Douglas County Commissioners Lora Thomas, Roger Partridge, and Abe Laydon, Aurora mayoral candidate Mike Coffman, RTD Chair Doug Tisdale, former Arapahoe County Commissioner Polly Page, outgoing Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare, Denver City Council Member Kendra Black, state Rep. Susan Beckman and Bruce Beckman, former Douglas County Commissioner Melanie Worley, outgoing Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky and Margaret Rakowsky, from Centennial, former Mayor Cathy Noon and Jim Noon, Mayor Stephanie Piko, and City Council Members Kathy Turley and Mike Sutherland, Lone Tree City Council Member Wynne Shaw, state Rep. Colin Larson, Alpine Bank DTC President Charlie Kercheval, Bye Aerospace SVP Diane Simard, Arapahoe County Communications and Administrative Services Director Michelle Halstead, mortgage lending executive and High Line Canal Conservancy board vice chair Mike Rosser, and Wings Over the Rockies’ Air and Space Museum President and CEO John Barry.
Prior to joining DSEDP, Myers served as an Arapahoe County Commissioner for seven years. She also chaired the Centennial Airport Board and the E-470 Public Highway Authority Board.
In the spring of 2016, the High Line Canal Conservancy (HLCC), whose mission is “to preserve, protect and enhance the 71-mile legacy Canal — in partnership with the public,” initiated a drive called, “71 Miles Supported by 71 Founding Partners”. The campaign included recognizing those who gave or pledged $25,000 by having their family name engraved on one of 71 sandstone mile-markers along the Canal. The plan succeeded. Commitments have been received for all 71 miles, resulting in donations and pledges to the HLCC of $1,775,000 from individuals, families, and groups of neighbors. Those donations are being used to leverage jurisdictional partner funding dedicated to long-term planning and protections for the Canal. The names of founding partners are listed on highlinecanal.org/our-partners.
On August 5, Suzanne Moore, Greenwood Village’s parks, trails, and recreation director, requested and received agreement for GV to participate in funding the cost of directional signs along the Canal. Then she showed the city council a mock-up of the planned mile markers and Councilman Dave Bullock expressed his objection, saying ““For the most part, I think the Conservancy has done a really good job….But I have to say that this move that they’ve done here is quite distressing to me because for an organization whose primary objective was to preserve the unique character, they basically commercialized the High Line Canal.” Council Member Anne Ingebretsen agreed, saying, “At what point does it stop? I don’t think it’s any different from what you see on the sides of buses, advertising….I think this is a mistake…I think that the majority of people who…use that canal…they’re not there to look at commercials. This is just commercializing the High Line Canal.”
Dave Kerber, who, like Ingebretsen, represents GV district 2, said, “Denver Water doesn’t have the right to put them (the mile-marker signs with donor names) up just because they own the land…We are the…sovereign that owns the land…Denver Water owns the area. I don’t know if they’re sovereign, I don’t know if they’re like the Papal States or what….I’m with Anne and Dave (Bullock) that naming rights for our signs just rubs me the wrong way…”
No other members of city council spoke to agree or disagree. In response to a request for clarification from City Council Member Tom Dougherty, GV City Attorney Tonya Haas-Davidson made it clear that the mile-markers with donor names were legal and permissible under the law and GV’s sign code.
We asked Harriet LaMair, executive director of the HLCC, about the three GV city council members’ expressed concerns. LaMair told The Villager,“Greenwood Village residents along with their mayor and council have been tremendous partners in our work to preserve, protect and enhance the High Line Canal. With their support, the nonprofit High Line Canal Conservancy has provided critical leadership through this collaborative and multijurisdictional effort to protect and improve all 71 miles of our regional legacy. As the only organization dedicated solely to the High Line Canal, we are deeply appreciative of the generous philanthropic support that is helping ensure the Canal is one of our region’s premier green spaces for all citizens for generations to come. Over 3,500 local citizens attended public meetings and their number one request was for improved and consistent signage along all 71 miles. We look forward to continuing our work with Greenwood Village, Denver Water and the hundreds of thousands of private citizens who cherish the Canal!”
None of the other 11 jurisdictions along the 71-mile span of the Canal have objected to having founding partners’ family names on mile markers. GV officials met with the HLCC between August and October to address city council members’ concerns.
On October 28, the GV City Council unanimously approved a written agreement with the HLCC that contains a single commitment from each of the two parties. It states that the city will allow the HLCC to place founding partners’ names on the (five) sandstone mile markers on the portion of the High Line Canal that runs through GV. The HLCC “agrees not to commit any portion of the Canal within Greenwood Village’s corporate boundaries in any manner as part of any future fundraising campaigns or agreements without the express written permission of the city council.”
In its five years of operation, over 2,000 donors have contributed to the HLCC, representing each of the 11 jurisdictions that the Canal touches, from rural Douglas County to Green Valley Ranch. According to Lindsay Moery, HLCC’s director of development, “the investment of significant private dollars leverages public dollars and commitments.” In the year 2018 alone, 76 percent of all funds raised by the HLCC were from “individual donations, foundation grants, special events and other,” with 24 percent coming from government.
Public funds are being used for neighborhood bridge enhancements, trailhead improvements, underpasses and other capital needs. Conservancy funds have been put toward Canal-wide programs such as canopy care, signage and recreational, educational and stewardship programs, and leading comprehensive planning, most notably the 4-year effort to produce The 400-page Plan for the High Line Canal, a multi-jurisdictional plan that is being touted nationally for its creative approach to repurposing the cherished old canal for stormwater management as a green infrastructure park benefit.
The most important role of any conservancy, according to a 2015 study called “Public Spaces/Private Money” by the Trust for Public Land, is fundraising, particularly from the private sector. The Trust for Public Land is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization “that helps state and local governments design, pass, and implement legislation and ballot measures that create new public funds for parks and land conservation.”
BY DORIS TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The Centennial City Council unanimously approved a Medical Plaza site plan for the Centennial Medical Plaza, 14200 E. Arapahoe Road. The plan includes an unoccupied third story on the previously approved 61,000-square foot two-story tower.
The two-story tower is currently under construction. The medical facility, which includes both medical offices and hospital rooms, is at the southwest corner of East Arapahoe Road and South Jordan Road. It is on a 26.5 acre parcel of land.
The property includes a helicopter pad. It is on land that is zoned Business Park 100. The third story tower will remain vacant for the time being, but will be improved or finished in the future when there is market demand for more medical facilities.
In a written report to the mayor and council members, Senior Planner Michael Gradis stated that the third story construction causes “less disruptions” during the time that the two lower stories are being built. Gradis noted that the applicant “contemplates adding a total of six stories” to the building tower at some time in the future.
Councilman Ron Weidmann indicated his approval for the building, stating, “I think it’s a great project.”
In other business, Mayor Stephanie Piko noted that Centennial was found to be “the safest city in Colorado.” The city has been designated as a “safe city” on several occasions.
City Manager Matt Sturgeon noted that the Regional Transportation District is “struggling” to fill its bus driver positions. He also stated his appreciation for the work of city crews who responded to recent snow storms and kept the city’s streets open.
Councilwoman Carrie Penaloza said that there were 30 residents in attendance at a recent meeting of District 2, which covers the central area of the city.
At 56 schools across the country, students are creating one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2019 National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse in President’s Park. These handcrafted ornaments will adorn 56 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. The 56 trees represent each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia as part of the America Celebrates display.
“From state flowers to notable landmarks, students across the country are creating ornaments that celebrate their state, district or territory.
Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Education worked with state art and education agencies to identify elementary, middle and high schools whose students would create the ornaments for the America Celebrates display. Over 1,500 students will participate in this year’s project. The project is funded by the National Park Foundation.
The America Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience, which will begin on Thursday, Dec. 5 with the 97th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Colorado will be represented by Grand Mountain school.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting has strong ties to education. In 1923, a letter arrived at the White House from the District of Columbia Public Schools proposing that a decorated Christmas tree be placed on the South Lawn of the White House. On Christmas Eve that year, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the Oval Office to the Ellipse and pushed a button that lit the first National Christmas Tree. It was a 48-foot fir donated by Middlebury College in Vermont.
Since 1973, the National Christmas Tree has been a living tree which can be viewed year-round in President’s Park – one of America’s 419 national parks! The National Park Service recently planted a new Colorado blue spruce to serve as the National Christmas Tree.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick off the holiday season with live musical performances, special guests and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The festivities continue with a daily lighting of the National Christmas Tree, free evening musical performances and a chance to see the 56 state, district and territory trees and their ornaments up close from Dec. 9, 2019 through Jan. 1, 2020.
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