“We Combat Natural Disasters with Acts of God”: Survivor Strength in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Douglas’ Story: Your Passion is Your Pathway to Recovery

Douglas’ Story: Your Passion is Your Pathway to Recovery
About two years ago because of my substance use challenges with alcohol in particular, I lost my job and actually lost one of the most powerful, wonderful relationships I was having in my life at the time. I opened the...

Addiction is a Family Disease

Addiction is a Family Disease

Addiction does not just affect the person who uses the drug or alcohol but can cause upheaval and chaos in lives of their loved ones. Family and friends can experience depression and anxiety, anger and powerlessness as they face what…

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Addiction & Opiate Use Disorder

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Addiction & Opiate Use Disorder

Our present problem with opiates began a couple decades ago when it was decided that people had a right to be pain free. Pain became the fifth vital sign. Although an admirable goal, this quickly became a rallying cry from…

Contain the Crisis: Slowing Down Reactive Behavior

Contain the Crisis: Slowing Down Reactive Behavior
By Bob VandePol, MSW Have you ever noticed how tragedies so often lead to additional tragedies? When under the influence of the shock of traumatic stress, people - whether part of a family, an organization and/or a community - often...

Teen Angst or Teen Depression?

Teen Angst or Teen Depression?

Teen depression is a serious health problem with only 33-44% of those affected receiving treatment. If left undetected, depression impacts every aspect of a teen’s life and can even lead to death. However, if detected, it can be successfully treated and the impact upon the teen’s life minimized.