How Can I Help My Teen Prevent a Relapse?


Families who are not familiar with addiction recovery may be surprised to learn that you cannot just send your child to a facility for a period of time, and then they come back completely healed. Approximately half of all people […]

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Relapse Prevention for the Family: Don’t Be Your Child’s Trigger


Addiction and mental health issues are not limited to your teen. When your child has substance abuse and/or a mental health diagnosis, your family does, too. Perhaps no one else has the diagnosis or abuses substances, but your child’s behaviors […]

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Focus on Internet Safety


As someone who works with adolescents, you probably know a lot about what they face. In addition to the social challenges of this age that teens traditionally have faced, now they have another entire world online to contend with. This […]

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The Importance of Learning About Trauma


As a professional in the field of addiction recovery or mental health, you know the basics of trauma-informed care. You can probably identify or even diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and trauma may even be your specialty. But have you […]

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The Benefits of Continued Learning


Mental health care professionals have minimum requirements for continued learning in order to renew and maintain their licenses. There are plenty of interesting conferences to attend that will fulfill this requirement, and some may even be in locations that make […]

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Replacing Defeatism With Empowerment


Many adolescents with substance abuse issues and mental health diagnoses feel completely defeated and may even be at risk for suicide. Others perhaps are more apathetic, considering themselves “incurable” or thinking that their life is “not worth the work.” When […]

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Why Failure Is the Ultimate F-Word


The word failure is far too common in the vocabulary of adolescents. Whether they have heard it from teachers, parents, or others, or perhaps have simply used it for themselves, the word failure should be considered as vulgar and inappropriate […]

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Helping Clients Discover New Thinking for a New Year


Approaching the new year creates the opportunity for reflection and change. While many people create resolutions to improve themselves, creating a new way of thinking can be far more powerful now and into the future. Rather than simply making a […]

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Divorce, Co-Parenting, and Forgiveness


While marital issues are between the parents, specifically the decision to get a divorce, unfortunately, that decision does impact your child. Your concept of co-parenting also impacts your child. While you may not have control over the words, actions, and […]

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Why Is It Harder to Forgive Family Members?


Forgiveness is never easy. Being hurt or wronged by someone else is difficult, and it is human nature to feel pain. Yet sometimes, when friends, co-workers, or others have wronged you, forgiving them may seem easier than when you have […]

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I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

Megan
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