Addressing Trauma Individually and as a Family


When events happen, the event is actually the same for everyone, but each individual experiences and stores the memories of that event differently. This rule particularly applies to traumatic events. Things that happened in the family that may not have […]

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Helping Families Navigate Educational Services


When it comes to accessing educational services for their student, most families have no idea what services are available. Many schools are not very forthcoming about what they have to offer, either. While some school districts are helpful and informative […]

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Maintaining the Motivation for Compassionate Care


You are the heroes of mental healthcare. You see it all – teens at their lowest, their highest, and those who want to die at their own hands. You chose this field because of the compassion you have for teens […]

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Deep Cleaning Emotional Baggage


When one person in your family is in treatment for addiction, the entire family is in treatment. This process is meant to be a healing process, but before your teen can heal from the behaviors involved in addiction and mental […]

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Making Respect a Habit: Using Person-First Language


The mental health field can be highly challenging. Providers deal with mental, physical, and emotional challenges that cannot simply be solved with some routine labwork and some penicillin. Because substance abuse and mental health issues are so complex, the person […]

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Weeding Out Your Family Tree


When there is substance abuse in the family, there is likely some form of dysfunction within your immediate or extended family. Dysfunctional relationships are detrimental to all involved, but when your teen is recovering from substance abuse, having dysfunctional familial […]

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Habits of Compassionate Mental Healthcare


The rigors of working with teens in the field of mental healthcare can leave you indifferent to the suffering of your clients. All too often, providers see the worst of behaviors, with limited success stories. Most substance abuse treatment and […]

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Expanding Horizons Can Teach Self-Esteem


Adolescents with addiction or mental health conditions experience negative thought patterns that can lead to poor self-esteem. Changing those patterns can be a challenge for mental health care professionals, particularly when relying primarily on traditional talk therapy. Getting teens to […]

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What Is the Difference Between Supporting and Enabling?


As a parent, you always want to support your child. But what constitutes support, and when does it become enabling? You want to have boundaries for your teen, but what is appropriate discipline and what is too harsh? Sometimes, these […]

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Do Something: How to Get Your Client to Open Up


Traditional talk therapy works very well for clinicians. You can see more clients in a day, have easy access to your records, and enjoy an environment that is comfortable for you. For teens, though, an office environment can be intimidating […]

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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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