- Do you have a hard time picturing your life without alcohol or drugs?
- Do you yearn to return to the “good old days” of being able to party without worrying about consequences?
- Do you keep telling yourself that you will be able to control the amount you drink this time, only to fail again?
- Do you drink more than the people around you?
- Are you the last one still partying at the end of the night?
- Do you hide alcohol around the house?
- Do you think about drinking or doing drugs when you aren’t high?
- Do you start looking forward to your next binge?
- Do you try to get others to keep drinking or doing drugs so that you aren’t the “only one” still partying?
- Do you drink alone or plan for times where you can drink or do drugs alone?
- Once you start drinking, is it hard to stop?
- Do other people complain about your drinking or drug use?
- Do you try to avoid people that don’t support your partying?
- Do you lie to others about whether you have had a drink or done any drugs?
- Are most of your friends alcoholics or addicts?
- Have you lost relationships because of your alcohol or drug use?
- Have you spent an entire day recovering from a binge?
- Do you get in arguments with your loved ones when you are drinking or doing drugs? Do the arguments ever get out of control?
- Is drinking or doing drugs your primary hobby?
- Have you ever been arrested or had legal problems because of your alcohol or drug use?
In today’s world it seems like reports of sexual abuse are everywhere. Given the recent headlines, it would be easy to think that sexual abuse is on the rise. Unfortunately, those of us in the mental health profession know that sexual abuse has been a painful reality for far too many people for far too long. Current estimates are that at least 25% of women and as many as 10% of men have experienced sexual abuse at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, because many people are reluctant to report sexual assault, these numbers may underestimate the true impact of the abuse. Text
If you are asking the question “am I going crazy”, the answer is that you probably aren’t.Most people who lose touch with reality (i.e. hallucinations, delusions, paranoia), usually don’t ask this question.They are typically unaware that they are becoming delusional or beginning to hallucinate.So, if you are beginning to feel like you are “going to lose it”, you are probably experiencing some other mental health crisis.Some of the most common mental health issues where people feel like they are going “crazy” are: Text
Many teenagers have anxiety. Some of this anxiety in teens occurs because of the normal transition from childhood to adulthood. During this time, teenagers experience physical, intellectual, and social changes. Their thinking becomes more abstract and complex and social interactions become more important to them. They often begin to question the status quo as they work to figure out their place in the world around them. They also start to assert their own independence while trying to gain acceptance from their peers. All of this occurs while their hormones are fluctuating, and their body is changing. Given these changes, it is not surprising that teenagers feel anxious. Text
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While many of us would like to create a “stress-free life”, the reality is that stress is a normal part of our day to day lives.Whether it is the stress of traffic, work, school, parenting, money, relationships, weather, or some unexpected event, we all have to find ways to effectively manage the stressors that we face.Since we can’t avoid stress, we need to develop tools to cope with the stressors that life sends our way. Listed below are some useful strategies that can help you relieve your stress. Text
The process of recovery from emotional pain or substance abuse is a journey. The journey is often filled with twists and turns which may leave you wondering when it will end. Having a therapist to be your guide during this journey can provide you hope during the dark times and can shorten the amount of time it takes for you to start a new chapter of your life. It is also helpful to understand that you aren’t alone in the journey and that others have come before you. We hope that the following “Autobiography” from an anonymous traveler gives you some encouragement and insight as you begin the next chapter of your own journey. Text
The start of the school year can be stressful as parents and teenagers adjust to the demands of school and the increase in extracurricular activities. While most teenagers adjust relatively quickly, some teenagers really struggle to transition back into the school environment. For example, when teenagers begin High School they may struggle initially to adjust to the size of the school, the change in friends, the pace of school, or the demands of the school work. For most teenagers this struggle is short-lived as they develop a new routine and establish new friendships. Other teenagers, however, may not adjust to the added stress of school and may end up in crisis. Some of the common reasons that this occurs are: Text