By Michael Desjardins, APRN PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Supervisor
Loving someone in recovery is difficult. While you feel relieved that they’re sober, the fear of relapse may always be in the back of your mind. You wonder if they’ll revert to old, destructive patterns. You worry about whom they spend their time with and whether they’ll slip up if they attend that concert or go to that party. You may feel uneasy bringing up these concerns for fear of alienating or triggering them.
Like her or not, no one can argue that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 was about as stressful as they come. She survived a contentious presidential campaign in which she was called corrupt by many in her own party before enduring “Lock Her Up!” chants from Donald Trump’s supporters. Despite it all, on election night she seemed a shoo-in, but within hours she instead had become America’s most shocking loser. Continue reading
After you’ve made the often very difficult decision to go into rehab and get professional help to overcome your addiction, it’s not the end of the healing path but merely the beginning. Along with detoxifying your body from addictive substances, learning about the disease of addiction, becoming familiar with and practicing coping skills and techniques, and learning how to prevent, deal with and come back from potential relapse, there’s the whole vital element of ongoing support to navigate. While you’ve probably been introduced to 12-step meetings, once you’re back home again you’ll need to figure out how to handle (or survive) your first (post-rehab) 12-step meeting. Continue reading
Doctors may one day be able to replace the use of potentially addictive opioid painkillers with the use of a form of light-based therapy, according to new findings from an American research group.
It’s only natural to feel as though you should know everything about your spouse. Sadly, this isn’t always the case; unless you have Sherlock Holmes-style powers of observation and deduction, you’re unlikely to be aware of every single thing going on with your husband or wife. The important thing is to not blame or criticize yourself for not knowing something, not only for the sake of your own self-esteem, but also to ensure that the focus remains firmly fixed on the person who really needs the help. Continue reading
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is often part of drug and/or alcohol treatment programs, is a form of psychotherapy that is based on the concept that changing a person’s negative thoughts and behavior patterns can have a powerful effect on their emotions. It emphasizes the important role our thoughts have in how we feel and what we do. CBT helps identify, analyze, and then change, counterproductive behaviors and thoughts. This helps alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression and facilitates change.
When a college freshman leaves home to attend a university, they are faced with many new stressors. Adjusting to not only the demands of academic life, but also the absence of normal family activity and a significant increase in independence can overwhelm a college student. Continue reading