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Why Length of Stay Matters

By Anna McKenzie Does it really matter how long you stay at an addiction treatment facility? When you’re thinking about going to an alcohol or drug rehab program, you may wonder about how long it will take to start healing. You may also be concerned about the length of… Read More

To Thine Own Self Be True

By Dr. Shelley Uram Authentic Self What is it? Where does it come from? Why don’t most of us know about it? Most of us are well acquainted with aspects of our personality, like being a nice person, an addict, a good employee, the therapist, the hero, the traumatized person,… Read More

Living The Meadows Model

My mother was a kind and gentlewoman. Our house was often filled with the smells of home cooking and baking. Homemade bread, 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 like my… Read More

Ho, Ho, NO: Finding Real Joy This Christmas

By Laura Parrot Perry Note: The following post originally appeared on the blog In Others’ Words. The author, Laura Parrott Perry, is a mother, an art teacher, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and an advocate for fellow survivors. It is reposted here with her permission. 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

Becoming Fearless with the Help of Al-Anon

By: the Mother of a Past Claudia Black Young Adult Center Patient As my daughter does her recovery work from drug and alcohol addiction and anxiety, I too work my recovery through Al-Anon. I won’t go into details of how my daughter and I both came to this point because… 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, stress levels, and even your immune system.  Read More

Start Your Comeback

In one way or another, to the outside world, you are a picture of success. So chances are, you have several things in your life to be grateful for. Maybe you are a leader at your company or in your industry. Maybe you have a great spouse and great kids… Read More

Fueling with Fat: 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. It 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