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COVID-19 Mental Health
December 5, 2021

How COVID-19 Exposed Discrepancies in Health Services

The highs and lows of mental health affect everyone. No one is left untouched, from the person going through a mental health crisis to their friends, family, or co-workers. California…

Woman in winter forest Addiction
December 3, 2021

How to Discuss A Substance Use Disorder in December

December is a time of celebration. Holiday gatherings are festive and often include substances that can impair a person’s ability to drive safely or make responsible decisions. During December, it…

December 2, 2021

Winter Solstice And Holiday Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

A chill in the air, shorter daylight hours, and time spent with family are all staples of the winter season. As you watch leaves fall from trees, unpack sweaters, and…

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December 1, 2021

Healthy and Sober: New Year’s Lifestyle Changes

New Year’s Eve holds promise for a healthier new year. The path to health starts with a commitment to improving your well-being through consistency and patience. Then, you can join…

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December 1, 2021

How To Spot Substance Recovery Sabotage

Sabotage is a word with connected emotions. Typically, the first thing a person thinks of when they hear this word is self-sabotage. Often your worst enemy is yourself; however, while…

person with beanie in a car during winter Mental Health
November 25, 2021

Staying Safe and Sober While Traveling During the Holidays

Traveling during the holidays is a time-worn tradition for some. However, whether you visit friends or family via train, plane, or automobile, navigating the crowds is a challenge. 2021 Post-ish…

selective focus photography of gold star holiday bubble Recovery
November 22, 2021

The 12 Part Guide to Holiday Sobriety

Do you dread the holidays? You aren’t alone if you said yes. However, instead of going into the holiday season with a deep sense of dread, you can turn the…

airplane silhouette on air during sunset Mental Health
November 17, 2021

How to Address Flight Attendant Burnout: Healthy Alternatives to Substances

The pandemic delayed travel plans for most people. As restrictions began to decrease, flight attendants witnessed an increase in passenger violence. The result of this aggression is a decline in…

family conversation during holiday Addiction
November 14, 2021

How to Find Sobriety During the Holidays

Sobriety during the holidays can be challenging for anyone. Whether a person is in recovery for years or new to it, the holidays will likely fuel both positive and negative…

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November 11, 2021

How to Maintain Sobriety in the Month of November

Thanksgiving may kick off the holiday season, but November is much more than a special Thursday at the end of the month. Clients with substance use disorders (SUD) can benefit…

family celebrating the holidays while holding burning sparklers Recovery
November 8, 2021

Sober Parenting Through the Holidays

Parenting is hard. Whether your client is a stay-at-home parent or one who works, parenting is a full-time job that leads to emotional instability and burnout. The unspoken part of…

american flag Recovery
November 3, 2021

Reasons for Substance Use in Veterans: How You Can Help

Veterans devoted their lives to protecting America. Now, it’s our turn to help those who helped us. Sixty-seven years ago, Congress passed legislation designating November 11th as Veterans Day. However,…

two women sharing a hug in a family reunion Addiction
October 31, 2021

A Guide to Sober Holiday Parties

Once the fun of Halloween ends, you wake up to find yourself in the height of the holiday season. November begins an intense eight weeks of holiday expectations, social gatherings,…

COVID-19 Addiction
October 22, 2021

COVID-19 Affects California’s Substance Addiction Rates

Substance addiction and mental health care have been affected by COVID-19. Unfortunately, the longer the pandemic continues, the higher the rates of mental health and substance use disorders (SUD) continue…

Substance Use Addiction
October 20, 2021

Finding a New Life: Substance Use and How to Redefine Yourself

When people decide they want to redefine themselves, they must be willing to leave the past behind. The most accurate sense of redefinition–the transformation from one state to another–must be…

Substance Use Disorder Addiction
October 18, 2021

The Connection Between Racial Discrimination and Substance Use Disorder

The effects of racial discrimination are a mental health and substance use crisis. The toll racial discrimination takes on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) is immense. Racism decreases BIPOC’s…

Substance Addiction Uncategorized
October 15, 2021

Substance Addiction: Learning to Give Up Control

Control gives off the illusion of having a life that’s perfectly put together. Some use control to hide what is going on in their lives. For example, a person with…

Side Hustle Mental Health
October 13, 2021

Demystifying the Glamour of the Side Hustle

Taking on a second job and calling it a side hustle has become a popular trend. People take on second jobs for two main reasons: to earn more money or…

Mental Health
October 11, 2021

Difference Between Self-respect, Selflessness, and Selfishness

Acts of selfishness, selflessness, and self-respect fill our world. Those who place their needs above others are selfish, while those who put others above themselves are selfless. Often, the most…

Comfort Mental Health
October 8, 2021

Discovering Comfort in Routine

Routines or daily habits create comfort. There is a sense of certainty when you know what and when you will perform a daily ritual. These habits are more than activities…

Minimalism Addiction
October 6, 2021

Why Minimalism In Sobriety Works

Minimalism as a philosophical lifestyle is attainable. Wants and needs drive the desire to obtain status, acceptance, and happiness. One of the main culprits of creating the feeling of wanting…

Mental Health
September 25, 2021

Learn to Embrace Your Personality

Your personality is unique to who you are and what you choose in life. Instead of listening to others’ thoughts on what you need to change, learn to embrace who…

Mental Health
September 20, 2021

Breaking Down the Myths of Being Lazy

The time to end the stigma of being lazy is now. Laziness is not a counterproductive behavior, and people should not feel discouraged or shamed if they choose active rest….

September 17, 2021

Decision Making: The Path to Recovery

Choices always predetermine the outcome. You have free will to make a decision, but your choices dictate the path you take in recovery. Choices are the steps taken to reach…

Mental Health
September 14, 2021

How to Flip the Script on Anger

Anger is a natural response to situations. For example, in the heat of a stressful or hurtful moment, we can use our anger to endure what we are experiencing. However,…

September 9, 2021

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome and Marijuana Laws

The increase in legal access to marijuana in the U.S. poses a greater risk of health hazards. Whether a state has decriminalized, limited use or possession to medical, or expanded…

Mental Health
September 7, 2021

Recognizing Manipulation in Relationships: A Guide for Substance Users

Vulnerability is as attractive to manipulators as strength. Manipulative people feed off of their prey, often attacking a person’s self-confidence. People with substance use disorders (SUD) can be, at times,…

Mental Health
September 6, 2021

Step Two: What A Higher Power Means to You

Step two of the Big Book, the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and later Narcotics Anonymous (NA), suggests people should believe in more than just themselves. Step two states, “We…

September 1, 2021

Discussing the Delta Variant With Clients in Substance Use Treatment

Controversy surrounding vaccines, masks, and Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to invade people’s lives. New variants have led counties, states, and the federal government to consider reversing their business occupancy and mask…

HealthMental Health
August 30, 2021

What Is Subconscious and Conscious Awareness?

The goal of becoming self-aware is to recognize the various aspects of the self. How a person behaves, feels emotions, and perceives themselves can provide the insight needed to continue…

HealthMental Health
August 27, 2021

Speak Your Truth: Find Your Authentic Self

Speaking one’s truth isn’t new. Most people aren’t quite sure when or who coined the phrase. It has been expressed in many forms by Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Oprah, the…

August 24, 2021

Adult Children With Substance Addiction: What to Know About Family Dynamics

Your child holds a special place in your heart. When an adult child has a substance use disorder (SUD), you will experience a range of emotions from disbelief to denial…

AddictionMental HealthRecovery
August 19, 2021

The First Step to Recovery

Stop trying to have control over everything. You don’t need to face every problem head-on or try to bend it to your will. Instead, take a step back and survey…

August 17, 2021

Helping to Forgive Without an Apology

Forgiving someone is about healing. Many would find comfort if they could forget hurtful actions perpetrated on others, but instead, they must live with the consequences. Without forgiveness, a person…

August 11, 2021

Protect Your Gray Space: Rethinking Your Recovery Goals

You finished substance addiction treatment — congratulations! Before you completed treatment, you created a port-treatment plan. The confidence you feel is strengthening your resolve to maintain your sobriety. Nothing can…

Mental HealthTreatment
August 9, 2021

Essential Steps to Teach: Learning to Invest in Yourself

When clients with a substance use disorder learn to invest in themselves, they walk along the path to a lifetime worth of dividends. In addition, the act of investing in…

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