For the Love of Dogs: Three Ways Companion Animals Help

According to a Gallop Poll, sixty percent of Americans have a pet. Most of those who have a companion animal have a dog.

These 8 Holistic Therapies Will Literally Change Your Life

The good news is that there are many activities we can participate in that will improve our overall health and lifestyle.

How to Stop Yourself Before You Relapse

Perhaps the most frightening thing for a person in addiction recovery to go through is a relapse. It feels in the moment that all your hard work has been for nothing.

The Six Best Strategies for Successful Therapy

How can you find a good psychotherapist and get the most out of your psychotherapeutic experience?

Four Signs Your College Student Could Be Abusing Substances

For young adults, the first time away from parental control can be quite a transition, a change in which sometimes too much partying can play a role in poor academic performance.

If You Want to Save Your Marriage, Don't Be These People

One thing I have learned is that there are four types of people you don’t want to be in your marriage.

A Stroll in Nature Improves Mental Health

As more and more of us live in cities, we spend less time in natural settings, including parks. Studies also show that people in urban settings without access to green spaces have higher levels of psychological problems than those with access to green spaces.

The Eight Best Ways to Make It through Rehab

People wonder what can be done to maximize their chances of only going to rehab once. Relapse does not necessarily need to be part of the recovery experience.

Heroin Abuse is on our Doorstep

Of course, I see it every day because I work in the addiction treatment field, but increasingly, families that never thought they’d be touched by substance abuse or addiction are having just that experience.

Keep Your Anxiety From Harming Your Kids

Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, worry or unease about the future or an event. It is a normal part of life that affects us all.

Heroin: A Growing Problem

Heroin use has increased across the U.S. among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels.

Listening to Your Body

This is common among addicts. We use whether we feel good or not. We use more when we feel bad, sick, lethargic, or stressed out.

How the Brain Changes in Response to PTSD

If you are suffering from PTSD or another mental illness, seek help. There are quality treatments available that will help you to live a fuller, more meaningful life.

Child Abuse Prepares for a Lifetime of Mental Health Issues

Children who are abused, physically, emotionally, sexually or neglected, have different adult brains than their counterparts who were not abused.

How Much Exercise Reduces Your Risk of Premature Death?

Exercise is an important part of addiction recovery, because it sets individuals up for healthy lifestyles. Exercise releases important chemicals in our brains that help us to feel better about ourselves.

The Need for Service and Volunteerism

What is it that will get you out of your chair and helping others? If you have an answer to that question, start working on that issue today. If you don’t have an answer, try out various service opportunities until you know what motivates you.

You’re More Creative When You Walk

For addicts in early recovery, this research can help build new feelings of self-esteem as the addict reintegrates into society and family post-treatment and is able to generate new ideas that promote his/her work as well as a healthier lifestyle.

Does Addiction Recovery Require a Change in Consciousness?

Perhaps this all seems very complicated, but it is not. The more we act in healthy ways, the more our brain creates those pathways as a habit. Soon, habit becomes rote, not something we have to think about, but a literal neural connection in the brain.

Female Veterans Killing Themselves in Unprecedented Numbers

It is a blemish on this nation to do so little to help our military veterans. They volunteered to be placed in harm’s way for our safety and welfare. It’s our turn to ensure that they receive the benefits which they earned through their service.

Meditation Improves Brain Function

We found differences in brain volume after eight weeks [of meditation] in five different regions in the brains of the two groups. In the group that learned meditation, we found thickening in four regions:

Alcohol Abuse and the Elderly: The Problem Worsens

It will come as no surprise that a considerable number of the older people in our nation drink. A drink after work or a couple of glasses of wine with dinner is a habit that can be picked up over a lifetime.

Four Tips for Loving Someone with Depression

What do you say and how do you help someone who has depression? What do you do when you fear your loved one’s depression may be turning suicidal? There are many ways you can help.

Pew on Pot and What We Can Learn from Portugal

At the addiction treatment center I founded and serve, we treat people without thought of whether or not their drug of choice is legal or illegal.

Pot’s Evolution: How the Drug Has Changed Over the Years

It’s a topic of near-constant conversation in our communities; “Should marijuana be legalized?” In an increasing number of states, the answer is yes. But the debates are clouded by a great deal of misinformation.

Developing Resilience

Why do some people have a similar experience and one develops post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the other doesn’t?

How Bullying Changes Your Life’s Course If You're LGBTQ

This happens across the board in many different socio-economic groups, but it particularly pronounced among those who identify as gay, lesbian, transgendered, queer or bisexual (LGBTQ).

Learning to Decline the Call to Sugar

If stress relief is a reason you are craving sugar, look for alternative means of stress relief such as exercise, meditation, yoga, and even venting to friends.

Managing Student Expectations After High School

If as a parent you’ve been handing out money without teaching your children about budgeting, you’ve done them a grave disservice. Teach your children about budgeting, living within their means, and having an emergency fund.

Meditation Improves Brain Function

There is a great deal of evidence that meditation, in particular mindfulness meditation, improves the brain, and the research is teaching us a lot about how and why that happens.

Helping Veterans with PTSD Using Yoga

Not only should the VA continue with pilot studies of holistic therapies, but evidence should be taken from related fields, such as addiction treatment, where these therapies have been used for years with great success.

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