Four Reasons to Consider Making a Psychotherapy Appointment

Psychotherapy aims at helping an individual with issues related to mental health, interpersonal communication, and problematic behaviors, make positive life changes. The main objective is to help relieve symptoms and resolve underlying concerns by having directed conversations focused on increasing self-awareness and improving psychological and relational well-being.

How to Identify Someone at Risk for Suicide

The most important thing to remember is that while you have no control over what an individual ultimately decides, your calm and concern can save their life.

Five Simple Steps to Start Learning Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice that can help you in all aspects of your daily life. Practiced since ancient times, modern science is now recognizing its importance in building psychological health.

How to Maintain Mental Health

The opposite of mental illness is mental health, so let’s think about how we can focus on improving our mental health instead of focusing always on what’s wrong.

How to Deal With Addiction When You Have a Demanding Job

First and foremost, there is no family and no job in the long-term if you don’t get help with your substance abuse issues. As drug addiction takes off and develops, it becomes harder and harder to keep your job, your family, your children—anything you value.

Seven Signs You Need to Find a New Therapist

As with any relationship, a connection between the therapist and client needs to develop. This is important.

Obama’s Heroin Response Strategy

The good news is that the Obama administration is making at least some effort to address the horrific accidental death rate from heroin and prescription opioid overdose.

How to Tell Which Therapist is Right for You

There is a reason that a person uses to excess. That underlying issue must be acknowledged and worked through if recovery is going to be long lasting.

6 Signs of Addiction in Adult Children of Alcoholics

If you’re not already in a household where recognizable addiction, domestic violence or infidelity are the norm, there are warning signs that indicate that you could be on that path. The earlier you get help, the easier it is to make change.

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.