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June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

In 2010, Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota moved to create a national day of awareness for the mental health condition known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was moved by the heartbreaking suicide of Staff Sergeant Joe Biel, who suffered from PTSD and took his own life after returning home from his second combat tour […]

Am I Normal?

Have the following thoughts ever occurred to you? How come everyone around me seems to be functioning well—if not perfectly—and I’m the only one who isn’t?   Everyone else seems to be doing okay in school, having normal relationships with their families, their friends, breezing through life. Why am I not?  Am I normal? Am […]

Summer Sobriety Tip: How to Survive the Backyard Barbecue

When you quit drinking, lots of unexpected little things come up. During treatment, you tend to focus on the big things first. You learn to manage your emotions and recognize your triggers. You spend time learning about the science of addiction, and you may even be able to pinpoint exactly when and why you developed […]

Sobriety Tips for Summer: How to Say No

Funny thing about no. It’s probably the first word you ever learned: “No.” You don’t remember it, but we can guarantee your parents do. Want cereal? No! Want cake? No! Want to play with Sally the Stuffed Seal? No! Toddlers love saying no. They’ll say no to anything and everything, just because. No one is […]