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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Watching for Increases in Holiday Depression and Suicide


The holidays often bring an increase in depression for adolescents, often because of loneliness or feeling like others are happy, even if they are not. This time of the year is also when Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) kicks in due […]

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Keeping Your Cool When Your Schedule Heats Up


Whether or not you celebrate holidays or traditions at this time of year, it seems like schedules naturally increase. The increased numbers of depression and higher suicide rates, particularly amongst adolescent clients, means your schedule intensifies as well. Dysfunctional relationships […]

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5 Tips for a Successful Daily Routine


Routine – whether in treatment, at school, or with family – is an important tool that can be used to enhance a child’s well-being and improve their likelihood of success in life and recovery. Schedules can create a sense of […]

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Helping Your Client Imagine Multiple Choices for Their Futures


Young people often have “tunnel vision” when it comes to imagining their futures. They might have seized on an idea of how their lives are going to go. They believe it to be set in stone. They react negatively to […]

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Exploring Alternative Treatments for Recovery


Support groups, medical treatment, and therapeutic appointments are hallmarks of managing addiction to drugs and alcohol. Often adding more options can create a well-rounded treatment plan. Multiple options can also benefit people learning to manage their mental health issues.  Some […]

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Turning a “No” Into a “Yes!”


Often a person making their way through recovery from mental illness or addiction relies on negative thinking. When this pattern becomes ingrained, it can be a go-to response they use without even thinking about it. Being willing to say “yes” […]

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The Value of Being Part of a Group


Many young people isolate themselves as part of their mental illness and addiction. While they might once have participated group dedicated to hobbies or a sport, they might have dropped out. Isolating becomes the norm. When adolescents have made their […]

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Moving Indoor Activities Outside


Spring has sprung, and warm weather invites many people to put cold weather behind them. Nature is in bloom again, providing lush lawns, newly budding flowers, and other greenery. Months of being cooped up due to the cold weather and […]

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World Teen Mental Wellness Day


The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that one in five teenagers has a mental health condition, creating a challenge for teens to deal with mental health issues. March 2 is World Teen Mental Wellness Day, putting the spotlight […]

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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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