In recent years there is a growing amount of conversation about how to reduce stigma and why it’s important when it comes to both substance use and mental health conditions. The biggest misconceptions about substance use disorders are that they are a choice or a character flaw.
Problem Gambling There is a fine line between gambling just a few times and being overwhelmed with the need to gamble. Gambling has become more acceptable and accessible in our modern society, especially with access to apps on phones. Gambling just like alcohol and other drugs, p
During the month of February we celebrate Black history month and we would like to celebrate those Black role models in recovery. People of color have many barriers when it comes to medical treatment but even more for substance use treatment. There’s the stigma that surrounds i
Mark’s journey in Supported Employment Everyone’s experienced some unexpected twists and turns in 2020 with the pandemic. Including record unemployment rates and state issued mandatory stay-at-home orders. Additionally, some had pre-existing challenges finding employment.
Have you ever searched online for therapy techniques? How about mental health resources? Each individual search comes up with over 759 million results. Of those, the first page or two are filled with click-bait or magazine articles with so many pop-up ads it’s almost impossible
In the beginning of a new year, many people begin to think about forming healthier habits. Some include alcohol detox. There are many different ways to begin an alcohol detox; either on your own or with a detox program. It can take between four and five days for all detox symptom
February is African American History Month February is African American History Month. It’s also a time to honor the contributions to American history made by those in the Black community. The history of African American History Month After different variations of National Afri
Vitamins that Can Boost Your Mood Did you know that there are many vitamins that help boost your mood? In the colder, darker winter days it can be a challenge to stay motivated. Along with that, it can be easy to feel less energetic which can turn into a cycle of unfinished tasks
There is a cardinal rule of a healthy body: eat right and exercise. You may even know how to exercise, and what to eat. But having the tools to be healthy doesn’t always mean anything if you don’t have the motivation to use them. Think about these reasons as you are on your j
International Boost Self-Esteem Month is here In our culture it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others as a measure of who we are. This unhealthy cycle can leave us to feel inadequate or that we aren’t good enough. In a 2020 study, it was shown that pla
MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) is available in three north sound locations! Misuse of substances has increased during the pandemic – help is available Medication assisted treatment can greatly help those wish a substance use disorder. The Washington Department of Health re
How to Be Proactive About Stress Management Everyone, especially over the past year has experienced a large amount of stress and may have heard people talk about stress management. But what exactly is stress management and what can you realistically do? Not everyone has had or is
Men’s Residential Treatment is Open Behavioral health conditions continue to rise. What many people and referring agencies need to know is that our Men’s Residential Substance Use Treatment is open. We are here and we want to help. Recent Statistics In a recent six day st
Natural Stress Remedies Do you experience more stress right now than before and want natural stress remedies? Almost a year has passed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to shut down business, schools and has changed the way it is recommended to interact wit
Who Does the Crisis Triage & Stabilization Program Help? In August we opened a Crisis Triage & Stabilization Program in Vancouver, WA. Many have asked, what exactly is a mental health crisis and who does this program help? Since it opened we have helped over 235 individua
The Cycle of Chronic Relapse (Recurrence of Symptoms) | Prevention & Treatment Substance use relapses are very common. However there are some in recovery that have or will experience the cycle of chronic relapse. What causes the cycle of chronic relapse? There isn’t always
What is the Recovery Resource Center (RRC)? We have a Recovery Resource Center (RRC) located in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver, WA. In recovery, especially early recovery it’s important to have a place to go where you are safe and supported. Additionally there are countless r
What can you do to start the new year off healthy? Finding a balance between all the things that you should do and want to do can be difficult. For example, many people work in excess of 40 hours a week to maintain financial stability. Because of some of these cycles or irregular
Medically monitored detox is most often the first step in a person’s recovery. For example, this process allows the individual to safely remove substances, including alcohol from their body. Medically monitored detox is a supervised inpatient program typically between 3-5 days.
How do you find the right recovery meeting for you? There are hundreds of recovery meetings in any given area, in some cases more. It can be overwhelming sorting through the names, types of meetings and how they can support you and your recovery lifestyle. Some meetings don’t a
What is Boxing Day and how do people celebrate? Boxing Day is December 26th and is an official holiday in the United Kingdom and other British Commonwealth countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand. One of the earliest records of Boxing Day is from 1663, though it is unkno
What are ways we can virtually connect with family? As the year comes to a close and with many still in a self-quarantine environment, many want to connect with family throughout the holidays. Some will connect in-person and many will opt to stay home. If you are one that decides
Holiday Spotlight: What is Kwanzaa and how is it celebrated? Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrated each December, from the 26th to January 1st. However, it may be surprising to know that Kwanzaa was only recently created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga; Professor and Chairman of Black S