Thanksgiving is a holiday that invites excess, usually food-binging, but Blackout Wednesday is now known as the biggest drinking night of the year in some cities.
What started as a college student tradition, is now one of the top nights for DUI arrests.
This year, the National Safety Council estimates more than 500 people will die on the roads this Thanksgiving weekend.
Drs. Sid Khurana and Timothy Jeider, psychiatrists and founders of Nevada Mental Health, say the day normalizes binge drinking, which poses safety risks for everyone (even non-drinkers), challenges for those trying to maintain sobriety, and is simply a reason for some to make regrettable decisions.
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They offer a few tips to consider this coming Wednesday.
- If you’re trying to maintain sobriety, find an accountability partner and talk through ways to exit situations where peer pressure or temptation may exist.
- For those without sobriety concerns, be socially responsible and do not pressure others to drink.
- Have rides home arranged if you have been drinking
- Consider an alcohol-free social outing
About Nevada Mental Health
NMH was started after recognizing there was nowhere in Nevada that we recommend where friends and family could go for mental health care and use insurance. This was the realization that Nevadan’s didn’t have a quality option for insurance-based mental health care. Patients either had to pay high cash prices or try their luck with clinics that built their treatment models around 5-minute appointments.
The challenge NMH faces is making quality mental health affordable. To practice psychiatry, the patient and doctor must have a real conversation. Good mental health treatment hinges on understanding the nuance of a patients’ life and all the many aspects that influence their day-to-day experience. The same illness might be treated very differently in two separate people. Therefore, we prioritize patient-centered, individualized treatment. A vast evidence base now exists for mental health treatment, and NMH uses certified experts to make sure the care received is Evidence-based.
Due to the complex nature of offering quality care at affordable prices, we value time. We need adequate time in appointments to talk about what’s going on and what the treatment plan is. You can expect to have a conversation about what the treatment plan is and the rationale behind the treatment plan. Therefore, we run time and never double book. Your time is your time.
Combining evidence-based expertise, administrative efficiency, and an always patient-centered focus allows us to offer quality and affordable care at Nevada Mental Health.
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