Drug Slang Emojis: What Parents Need to Know

Drug Slang Emojis: What Parents Need to Know

Drug Slang Emojis: What Parents Need to Know

It’s normal for teens to engage in their own private conversations using language designed to keep parents out of their world. Wise parents walk the line of allowing this while keeping a pulse on what is going on in these conversations. Jean Holthaus, LMSW, LISC helps parents know what to look out for and what to do if they suspect their teen is using drugs.

Providing Healthy Support to Family Members in Recovery

Providing Healthy Support to Family Members in Recovery
For years, I have observed individuals with substance use disorders often get various degrees of support from their family. I characterize the unhelpful types of support in two categories – the passive supportive family member and the overinvolved family member....

How to Work Through Group Treatment for Substance Use

How to Work Through Group Treatment for Substance Use

Imagine that for years you have been living a double life because of your substance use addiction. In that double life, you have been dishonest with the people closest to you, have fallen short of your own ideals for yourself….

Healing the Family, Healing Addiction

Healing the Family, Healing Addiction
I just want things to be "normal" again... I hear this from both the individual suffering from addiction and the family members that ache for their return to health. Addiction does not occur in a vacuum. Everyone loses when addiction...

Is Your Stress Level Helping or Hurting You?

Is Your Stress Level Helping or Hurting You?

Some stress can be energizing and motivating, helping us to perform at our very best. Too much stress can negatively affect our bodies and our brains. The challenge for each of us is to find the perfect balance for our lives. Learn how to optimize your stress with a daily check in and self-care plan.

Putting a HALT to our Self-Destructive Behaviors

Putting a HALT to our Self-Destructive Behaviors

How many times have most of us vowed “I’m done [insert your favorite unhealthy behavior], and I’m never doing it again,” only to find yourself doing it again? Frustrating, isn’t it? Yet this is the experience most of us have when…

Seven Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life

Seven Tips for a Happier, Healthier Life

Reap the benefits of being kind to yourself! Prioritizing a good night’s sleep, positive self-talk, using vacation time and intentional self-care can have some surprising benefits for your productivity, longevity, confidence, weight and relationships.

Why Men Do Depression Differently

Why Men Do Depression Differently

Why DO men do depression differently? Traditional male roles are less traditional than ever before, yet males still tend to exude values of self-reliance, willpower, control and stoicism. All are of little use or consolation when it comes to overcoming…

Addiction is an Abusive Relationship

Addiction is an Abusive Relationship

Note: The comparison of the addictive process is not intended to trivialize intimate partner violence and other kinds of abusive relationships, but rather to emphasize how damaging addiction can be and how much its victims are in need of help….