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How Vets Can Get Addiction Treatment with TRICARE

By Christa Banister For anyone who doesn’t have a family member, colleague, or close friend who has served in the military, sometimes the only window into the unique challenges of a soldier’s life is from a big-budget blockbuster like 1917, Saving Private Ryan, or Platoon — or more detailed accounts… Read More

The ABCs of Somatic Experiencing®

By Christa Banister When an experience, a particular set of circumstances, or unresolved events from the past shatter your sense of security and well-being in the present, the physical and psychological effects of trauma can linger. Sometimes, the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may last a few… Read More

Beyond Words: How Expressive Arts Help Heal

By Christa Banister Mention the word “therapy” and for many people, a very specific image springs to mind. An overstuffed couch. Someone dutifully taking notes. Questions about your childhood. Lots and lots and lots of talking.  Thankfully, therapy can be about much more than talk. For those who may find… Read More

Living The Meadows Model

My mother was a kind and gentle woman. Our house was often filled with the smells of home cooking and baking. Homemade bread and cookies, stews, chili, spaghetti sauce and more. We had a vegetable garden and I remember making tea out of mint leaves sweetened with sugar. It seemed… Read More

What Do I Do With My Child?

College can be an exciting time for many young adults; it is where they experience many firsts, including a new lifestyle, friends, roommates, exposure to new cultures and a wide-variety of principles and thinking. Unfortunately, when many students are unable to handle these firsts, they’re more likely to struggle. Insecure and unable to manage the new environment or adjustments they can become susceptible to depression and anxiety. Read More

Improving Men’s Treatment with author Dan Griffin

It would be reasonable to assume that men’s issues are adequately addressed in alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment. However, that is simply not the case. According to SAMHSA, men are consistently seventy-percent of the treatment admissions each year; it would benefit all involved to ensure that they are receiving the best and most appropriate services available. While addiction treatment has historically focused on men and a man’s perspective it has also not recognized the full array of problems that men have – in their addictions or recovery processes. Read More

Controlled Breathing Calms Your Brain

The way you breathe — whether fast or slow, shallow or deep — is intricately tied to your body as a whole, sending messages that affect your mood, your stress levels and even your immune system.  Read More

Why Fueling with Fat Could Be the Nutritional Remedy You’ve Been Seeking

The year was 1992. I was downing bagels at most meals, and noshing on licorice-like it was going out of style. Nuts, butter, and oils were all evil, and I was sure that eating these high-fat items would, of course, make me fat. Turns out, I was all wrong on this assumption. Consequently, I was not alone in my thinking. For too many years, fat has been vilified as the bad guy amongst the macronutrients. In fact, it turns out that all along, it was my bagel, and licorice that was causing my weight to grow, and my health to plummet.  Read More

A Kick in the Gut: How You Can Jumpstart Your Gut Health for a Longer, Happier Life

When you think about your overall health, which parts of your body do you think are the most important? You probably envision your heart, your brain, and maybe even your kidneys or liver. Do you ever think about your gut? Gut health has taken center stage in the world of food, health, and wellness in the past few years and for good reason. That’s because researchers have found that our gut health plays a huge role in our overall health.  Read More