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. Read More . . .
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: Read More . . .
As a community, we continue to grieve the tragic losses that occurred because of the shooting at Santa Fe High School. While summer has provided a brief reprieve from the stresses of school, it hasn’t relieved the pain that many in our community continue to feel. In fact, as school approaches, many families may find that their pain becomes more acute and they become generally more anxious, depressed, or fearful. Some people may begin to experience flashbacks of the trauma or start having nightmares. They may also become agitated, withdrawn, or emotionally numb. If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be signs of PTSD. Read More . . .
Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitals in Houston are also frequently called Psych Hospitals, Mental Hospitals, Mental Health Hospitals, Psych Wards, Psychiatric Wards, or Behavioral Health Hospitals. To assist you in your search for the appropriate type of psychiatric treatment in Houston, we have outlined the differences between the types of treatment that are available in the greater Houston area.We have also provided a list of Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitals in Houston, Richmond, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Baytown, League City, Cypress, and surrounding areas. The list below is not intended to be an endorsement of any facility, but instead is simply a starting place to begin your search for Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitals in the greater Houston area. Read More . . .
Whenever a crisis occurs, we tend to rise to the occasion and do what needs to be done to overcome the problems.In Houston, we witnessed countless examples of individuals who went the extra mile to help others during the storm.Since the storm, we have also witnessed the selflessness of our communities as we worked together to help each other recover from the hurricane.It has been almost a year since Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast and flooded the city of Houston and surrounding areas. .As you ride through the city, it looks like things have gotten back to normal.Stores are open, people are back at work, and routines have been re-established.On the surface, everything is OK. Read More . . .
Have you ever looked at your spouse, child, parent, friend, or loved one and asked, “What happened to the person that I used to know?” or “Why do I feel so crazy when I talk to them?” Living with an alcoholic or addict can be stressful and overwhelming, especially when they lie to you. If you have ever lived with an alcoholic or addict, you already know that they can be good at lying. They can look you in the eyes and tell you one lie after another and become infuriated with you when you don’t believe them. Ever wonder why? Read More . . .
The teenage years can be stressful time for both teenagers and their parents. During this time, teenagers tend to test the limits as they try to figure out their place in life. To help you navigate the challenges that teenagers present, we have listed some strategies to help guide you through the teenage years.
- Be a parent, not a friend. – Your kids will have a lot of friends over their lives, but they won’t have many people that will help guide them in life. As a parent, you have a unique opportunity and obligation to teach your kids the tools they need to thrive as an adult.
- Recognize how important friends are to your teenager. – Being a part of a group is a big part of the teenage years. Friends are often the biggest influence on kids during this time. Be aware of who your kids are hanging out with and provide them opportunities to be a part of healthy, productive groups.
- Teach your teenager skills. – You have a short window of time to continue to teach your kids skills that will help them in life. Don’t criticize, teach instead.
- Model the behavior you want your teenager to exhibit. – The expression “do as I say, not as I do” has never been effective. Teenagers watch what you do and how you do it. If you want them to be respectful of other people, then show them how by modeling the behavior you want to see in them.
- Treat your teenager with respect. – Remember that no one likes to be yelled at, criticized, or disrespected. If you treat your teenager with respect, it is easier for them to respect others.
- Make time for conversation. – Teenagers need to be able to talk about what is going on in their lives. Make time for your teenager and make it a priority to listen to what is going on in their life. After all, how do you guide them if you don’t even know what is in their mind.
- Tell your teenager that you love them. – Remember that just because teenagers test limits and may work hard to test your patience, it doesn’t mean that they don’t want to know that you love and care about them. They may push you away at times, but they still want to know that you are still there.
- Set clear, consistent, predictable rules. – The more teenagers know what you expect, the easier it is for them to meet your expectations. If the rules keep changing or they aren’t consistent, your teenager will learn to ignore them.
- Make sure that consequences are enforceable. – If you create rules that you have no way of enforcing, you have set yourself up to fail. Remember, that teenagers test limits.
- Separate the person from the behavior. – Remember that your teenager is building their self-esteem. They may do “stupid things”, but that doesn’t make them “stupid”.
- Help your teenager learn from their mistakes. – Your teenager will make mistakes. It is how they learn. Help them develop a “lessons learned” mentality and take every opportunity to teach them the skills you want them to have.
- Don’t tolerate alcohol or drug use. – Recognize that a permissive attitude toward alcohol or drug use leads to more use, not less.
- Play as a family and keep laughter in the house. – It is always amazing what happens to the tension in the house when laughter is present. Learn to have fun with your teenager and teach them how to be light hearted.
- Get help when it is needed. – Teenagers often will “act out” when they are in emotional distress. If your teenager is constantly angry, depressed, anxious, or rebellious it could be an indication that they are in crisis. Provide your teenager the help that they need so they can thrive later in life.
Remember that your job as a parent is to provide a loving, safe environment for your teenager to grow. By helping your teenager develop the skills they need to deal with the many challenges of life they will become self-sufficient and no longer require your constant guidance.
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If you have a teenager that is struggling with emotional, behavioral, or substance abuse issues, New Dimensions can help. We provide partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment to adolescents and adults who are in crisis in the greater Houston area. To learn more about our programs, call us at 1-800-685-9796Read More . . .
If you live in the greater Houston area and are looking for help with your depression, New Dimensions can help. Depression is a debilitating disorder that can strike at any age. Left untreated, depression can take the enjoyment out of life and can lead to a variety of problems, including problems with relationships, physical health, and emotional well-being. Depression can also lead to thoughts of suicide. Depression is more than just having a “down day” or being in an occasional “bad mood.” Depression is a serious medical condition that completely consumes a person and depletes their emotional and physical energy. The simplest tasks can feel insurmountable when you are depressed. If you are depressed, it is important to understand that help is available, so you don’t have to continue to suffer alone. Read More . . .
Have you ever wondered if you should quit drinking or doing drugs? No, I don’t mean today, I mean one of those times in the past. You know, one of those times when you were hungover or wondering what happened the night before. Maybe it was a time when you woke up feeling embarrassed about your actions or when your spouse or significant other was threatening to end the relationship. Maybe it was after you found yourself in jail because of an argument that got out of control or when you were arrested for a DUI. It could have been one of those times when you looked in the mirror and asked, “How did it get so bad?” or “What am I doing with my life?” You know the time that I am talking about. The one where you saw how bad things had gotten because of your drinking or drug usage.
I know that you don’t like to think about that time, but you already know that there will be another time in the future where you will think, “Maybe it is time to quit.” Don’t worry, you know how to push that thought away and get back to drinking or drugging the way you usually do. You know how to make the promises that you will “control it this time” and “not let it happen again.” If people around you don’t believe you, you can always get angry at them. You know how to find the flaws in them and attack their character or question their love for you. You can always lie to them and tell them that you are finished with alcohol or drugs. They want to believe you, so it should be easy to get them to back off. You know how to play the game. Just do it one more time, so you can get back to drinking and drugging as soon as possible.
The only problem is that there will be another time when you think, “I need to quit.” If you can keep pushing this thought away, maybe you won’t ever have to quit. Maybe you really can control it this time. Maybe the problem is that your relationships have become toxic and you need to start over. You know, get in a new relationship where there is no arguing about your alcohol or drug use. One where they don’t know how bad your drinking or drug use can be. Maybe you just need a fresh start. After all, alcohol and drugs are the one thing that you can always count on to help you cope. Why would you want to give it up? It isn’t alcoholism or addiction that’s the problem, it’s the people around you that’s the problem. They should just accept you and quit trying to make you quit drinking or doing drugs. Finally, you have clarity. It’s them, not your addiction or alcoholism.
Unfortunately, you already know that you will soon be asking the same questions that you have asked yourself many times before. In fact, you already know the answers to the questions. To make it easier, I’ll say the answers for you. “Yes. It is time to quit drinking or doing drugs.” “Yes. Your life has gotten out of control.” “Yes. It is time to get help.” “No. Don’t put it off again.” “Yes. It is possible to be happy without alcohol or drugs.” “No. You don’t have to do it alone.” Your life can get better. You don’t have to slip back into denial and go through the cycle one more time. There is no time like today to begin the journey toward recovery. Join the thousands and thousands of others who are proud to say that they are in Recovery. You can do it. Don’t wait. Get the fresh start you need by getting clean and sober first.
If you are looking to begin your journey toward recovery, New Dimensions can help. New Dimensions provides psychiatric and substance abuse treatment for adolescents and adults in Clear Lake, Katy, The Woodlands and surrounding areas of Houston, Texas. We can teach you the skills you need to get sober and stay that way. To learn more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796Read More . . .
New Dimensions Day Treatment Centers provides alcohol treatment to adults and adolescents who are struggling with alcohol abuse, binge drinking, or alcoholism.We provide alcohol treatment to individuals and families in Houston, Clear Lake, Galveston, Friendswood, Pearland, Baytown, Pasadena, Deer Park, Dickinson, Katy, Richmond, Sugar Land, Cypress, The Woodlands, Spring, Kingwood, Humble, Conroe, and the surrounding areas.If you are looking for treatment for alcohol problems, we can help. Read More . . .