Why Mental Health Matters at Work

By Becca Owens Mental health struggles have a unique way of affecting every area of life, including work. We can’t simply turn off any potential feelings of panic or depression for nine hours a day, so it can be a struggle to pursue healing from a mental health disorder and remain engaged and productive at…

Detox Explained

By Cindy Coloma Luke stared at his phone. His screensaver showed his wife and daughter smiling back at him in the picture he’d snapped last year on vacation. Shortly after they returned from their trip, things began falling apart. Luke had been drinking since his college days, but in the last year something had shifted….

Common Reactions to Trauma

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP 2018 has brought devastating news of shootings, disasters and trauma right to our homes through television and phone alerts. Mental health surrounding trauma has become a household discussion, but there are still a number of different ways to describe trauma, and a number of ways to understand what could be considered…

The Words You Say About Addiction Have the Power of Life or Death

By Stephanie Thomas Let’s play a little game called “What Would You Do?” The scenario: You spot a friend out to eat. She’s waiting to be seated and standing directly in front of a fiddle leaf fig. You walk over to find her eyes nearly touching a stem. “Look!” she says. Her gaze deepens, “This…

How to Approach New Year’s Goals If You’re in Recovery

By Jim Woods When you’re in recovery, the start of a new year brings both new opportunities and challenges. Wherever you are today, know that having a positive attitude plays an important role in your success. Let’s face it: The past is in the past. When you focus more on the decisions you make today,…

When Alcohol Abuse Comes Late In Life

By Cindy Coloma Your neighbor Alfred pours his third drink of the evening and settles into his recliner while flipping through news channels on the television. Soon, he will fall into a deep sleep for a few hours then wake up, stumble down the hall and fall into bed with his slippers still on. His…

Is It Stress or Are You Depressed?

By Wesley Gallagher Life is stressful. It’s OK to acknowledge that. Whether it’s periodic stress related to the holidays and special occasions, ongoing stress like a demanding job or an acutely stressful situation like a sudden illness or a serious family issue, stress is virtually impossible to avoid. Everyone deals with stress differently: Some thrive…

Understanding Employee Benefits for Addiction Treatment

Addiction has a way of spreading into every area of a person’s life, including family, social relationships and work. Because as many as 60 percent of people with chemical dependencies are employed full-time, employers must be prepared to address potential abuse and addiction among their employees.1 One Option: Employee Assistance Programs One way a company’s…

Protecting While Helping

By Carly Benson Substance abuse is a rapidly growing epidemic, and it impacts relationships between friends and family. It can be particularly disheartening when your spouse or partner develops a chemical dependency. Realizing that your partner is struggling with an addiction of any kind can be very confusing and painful. It’s important in these situations…

Smartphones and Anxious Kids: Mental Health Issues and the iGeneration

By Melissa Riddle Chalos Anyone who lives or interacts with pre-teens or teenagers on a daily basis knows that, as sure as there are hands at the ends of their arms, there are often smartphones in their hands. These kids have never known a world without the internet. A 2015 report from the Pew Research…