Even in the best of circumstances, parenting is a challenging job.Step parenting is often even harder.The reason for this is that blended families have to manage a number of unique issues that don’t typically occur in nuclear families.Listed below are some of the most common challenges faced by step parents. Text
According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) the suicide rate among the US working age population increased 34 percent between 2000 and 2016. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and is a contributing factor to the recent decrease in life expectancy rate. In addition, according to the CDC, in 2016, suicide was the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 34 and the fourth leading cause of death among people between the ages of 35 and 54. In fact, in 2016 there were twice as many suicides in the US as there were homicides. According to research, mental health issues, relationship problems, substance abuse, physical health problems, money issues, job stress, legal problems and housing problems were all contributing factors to the risk of suicide. Text
Parenting can be difficult, especially when you have teenagers.Below are some steps that you can take to make the teenage years a little more manageable. Text
Ever feel so overwhelmed that you wonder if you should check yourself into a psychiatric hospital? If are asking this question, you have probably been suffering for a long time. Your suffering could be the result of severe stress, depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, or some other mental health crisis. Fortunately, you don’t have to continue to suffer. There is treatment that can help you overcome the problems associated with mental health and substance abuse issues. Text
For many people, the holidays can be a time of enjoyment with family and friends.For many others, the holidays can be a time of stress, loneliness, tension, disappointments, and arguments.The difference is often related to the dynamics within our families, the types of relationships we have, unresolved grief or trauma, substance abuse issues, financial struggles, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and heightened expectations.As a result, many people simply “endure” the holidays and try to “get through it” the best that they can. Text
To help a recovering alcoholic or addict, it is helpful to first understand that alcoholism and/or addiction is a disease. Some people become addicted the first time they ever use a mind-altering substance while others may not cross the line into addiction until later in life. The point to remember is that once someone becomes an alcoholic or an addict, they are no longer able to use alcohol or drugs without things spiraling out of control. It is as though their brain develops an allergy to the alcohol and/or drugs and once they use, they become internally obsessed with using again. The addiction begins to take over their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They begin to lie, manipulate, and deceive in order to maintain access to the alcohol and/or drugs. The addiction begins to consume their life, despite the consequences that they may face. Fortunately, addiction is a treatable disease and sobriety is an attainable solution for alcoholism and addiction. Text
Worried about your teenager? Here are some signs to look for that may indicate that your teenager is stressed or at risk for mental health or substance abuse issues. Text
Depression is a debilitating disease that affects not only the depressed person, but also those who live with them.When someone is depressed, they tend to feel sad, hopeless, helpless, tired, irritated, and worthless.They may withdraw from those around them and lose interest in all activities.Because they may look normal on the outside, it can seem to family members and friends that things really “aren’t that bad.”Unfortunately, for the person who is struggling with depression, things often feel worse than they appear.As a result, family members and friends often struggle to understand how to help their loved one or how to manage the impacts of the depression on the family. Text
When recovering from addiction, it is important to realize that sobriety is the foundation of your life. Sobriety doesn’t guarantee a good life, but good things become elusive without sobriety. The more you are convinced that everything in life depends on your sobriety, the greater your chance of getting sober and staying that way. To help you maintain sobriety, we have listed some steps you can take to help you fight the urge to drink. Text
- 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?