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Taking triggers to school – Handling school after drug addiction recovery

December 29, 2015   0 Comments

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

December 29, 2015   0 Comments

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

December 24, 2015   0 Comments

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

December 24, 2015   0 Comments

“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

December 23, 2015   0 Comments

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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Treating teen addicts isn’t easy

December 22, 2015   0 Comments

It’s always a good idea to get sober. When you get clean, you’re not losing something so much as you’re gaining things back. A lot of addictive substances are fairly toxic, so a newly sober person gets their health back. Maintaining an addiction can be expensive; sobriety can put money back in a person’s pocket.
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Five ways to fight the SAD season

December 21, 2015   0 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For most of us, anyway. Some people see only the crowds instead of the festivities. Preparing for family get-togethers is an exercise set in frustration and worry, and the only things they’re capable of reminiscing about are regrets and missed opportunities. These are people who recluse into
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Celebrating the holidays apart

December 18, 2015   0 Comments

The holiday season’s about family. Meals are shared; memories are created by the fireplace or around a tree. But when someone’s missing from the festivities, their absence can be felt strongly at this time of the year – particularly if it’s one’s own son. A gap in the line of familiar faces can hurt, even
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‘Thank you for serving’ and beyond: Be a volunteer for veterans

December 18, 2015   0 Comments

Abraham Lincoln once wrote, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.” Those who have fought for America or are fighting currently, may need help and support transitioning back home and into a new routine. Individuals and families can offer such support. In the aftermath Adjusting to a new life
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Addiction: A powerful force in teen brains

December 17, 2015   0 Comments

Our teen years are turbulent. Social pressure, that tireless bugbear, tends to be the chief culprit. The teen years are when we get our first taste of freedom – and responsibility. High school introduces new peer groups and social dynamics. Some get their first car or their first job. If you’re lucky, sometimes you get
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We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at WRA for the great parent weekend. We enjoyed it and felt that we learned valuable insights on Positive Peer Culture and the values we must have and the importance of family commitment to each other...