Month: December 2015

Taking triggers to school – Handling school after drug addiction recovery

Recovery is a daily process of embracing sobriety through many challenges. Educational environments, such as high school or college, can prove to be one of the biggest danger areas. Young people face the ready availability of addictive substances in these places, necessitating coping mechanisms to avoid relapse. The allure of drinking alcohol, in particular, can …

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How to improve post-holidays attitude

Christmas anticipation begins even before Thanksgiving, when stores begin putting up trees and decorations to get people into a shopping mood. Once Thanksgiving is over, the ramp-up to Christmas begins in earnest. The season is filled with plans for family get-togethers, parties, shopping and the anticipation of Christmas Day. Once all of the celebration is …

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The power of positivity and family for mental health during the holidays

Festivities can be a challenge or blessing during the holidays, particularly for individuals with mental illnesses. The impact of these occasions on this demographic could depend on the support of family members and dedication to positivity. Various specialists provided commentary on the mental health importance of holidays and the power of optimistic thinking during these …

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Inviting family members to voluntarily promote behavioral health

“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African Proverb The role of family support in restoring and maintaining behavioral health and recovery cannot be overvalued. However, family members are often traumatized, frightened, angry and disillusioned after unsuccessfully trying to help their loved one by themselves. The period after treatment is crucial for maintaining …

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The benefits of spending time together and volunteering as a family

A strong family helps build mental and behavioral fortitude. One study in 2006 analyzed nearly 100,000 adolescent students across the United States and determined that higher frequencies of dinners spent together with family was positively associated with constructive behaviors and negatively associated with high-risk behaviors in children. From these findings and many others, it is …

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Mental health in the community: 5 volunteer activities for teens

The National Institute of Mental Health finds one in five youth, 13 to 18 years of age, experience a severe mental disorder during their lifetime. While many mental illnesses are treatable, the stigma of mental illness shames many into delaying or altogether forgoing treatment. People with a mental or behavioral health condition need fellowship just …

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