Holiday Blues

Do you know that holiday blues are not abnormal? The financial concerns, the RSVPs to parties and gatherings, the decisions about who will host the family functions, the possibility of entertaining guests is enough to make anyone want to scream. All the while, we are supposed to be celebrating the season by singing “be merry […]

Validating Your Child

In their legendary book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (1999), parenting experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish humbly yet humorously admit, “I was a wonderful parent before I had children. I was an expert on why everyone else was having problems with theirs. Then I had three […]

Healthy Sleep for Teens

Most teenagers who I ask about their “bedtimes” tell me that they go to bed at 11pm or later. Since they get up for school at 5 or 6am, they are only getting about 6-7 hours of sleep each night. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of high school […]

Relapse Prevention after Rehab:  Two Key Reflections for Young Adults and Their Families

Young adults considering 28 day rehab programs have a lot on their plate to consider, as do parents, supporting family members and friends. In addition to the emotional heartache, the financial expense, disruption to work-life and family dynamics, there is the looming question about relapse after returning home. Particularly common for young adults is a […]

Suicide Prevention Month

Among many other national observances, September marks National Blueberry Popsicle Month, National Library Card Sign Up Month, Save Your Photos Month, and National Sewing Month.  Perhaps more importantly, September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  We want to take this time to highlight some risk factors to consider and some warning signs to keep in mind. […]

What to Expect When You Need an Alcohol or Drug Assessment

If you are required by the court or advised by your attorney to get an alcohol or drug assessment it’s normal to experience anxiety.  A lot of questions can start popping up.  Who do I go to? What is this going to cost me? How do I know they will treat me fairly? Are they […]