Seasonal Changes Affect Mental Health (Yes, Even Spring and Summer)

By Jim Woods The weather is changing outside. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. Despite this pleasant change in weather, historically, many people experience mental health issues during the springtime. It is possible that part of this could be connected to seasonal pollen allergies, as they affect over…

Dispelling Five Common Addiction Myths

By Christa A. Banister With a topic as significant, far-reaching and complex as addiction, it’s particularly important to separate fact from fiction. Whether it’s widely believed misconceptions that have proven inaccurate because of new research or falsehoods masquerading as reality on any number of websites by experts who haven’t been thoroughly vetted, it’s important for…

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…