In any given year, roughly five out of 100 people in the U.S. will develop post-traumatic stress disorder, the National Center for PTSD estimates. The condition is commonly triggered in the aftermath of witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. PTSD can be debilitating when symptoms are severe. Common symptoms ... Read More
Help For Loved Ones
When your loved one begins exhibiting signs of substance abuse or increasing mental health issues it can leave you feeling helpless and desperate. These feelings are not uncommon and we’ve seen them all as we’ve treated thousands of patients and their families. The articles found here focus on tips and advice on supporting a loved one who is struggling with a disorder or has begun treatment and needs support.
When a Loved One Has PTSD: A Reading List for Family Members
How to Help Someone with PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after experiencing extremely traumatic events. In some cases, it appears following natural disasters, serious accidents, or combat or military situations. Some individuals develop PTSD after serious personal violations, like abuse, ... Read More
What to Do When Someone Is Posting Hints at Suicide
Coming across depressing song lyrics on a friend's social media status or seeing what appears to be an insinuation that ending their life would be the best course of action can be unnerving. After all, about 800,000 people worldwide, including 45,000 people in the United States, die annually from suicide. In fact, this ... Read More
What Are the Stages of Addiction Relapse?
Maintaining sobriety is the key to long-term recovery from addiction. But it's not always easy. In fact, relapse statistics suggest that it can be quite hard. Studies indicate relapse rates for meth addiction are more than 90 percent. Relapse rates for alcohol and opioids are around 86 percent. Overall, addiction ... Read More
A Reading List for Family Members Facing Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a life-changing condition that affects millions of people in this country—and not just those who have the illness but their friends, family, and loved ones. Loving or living with someone with bipolar disorder can feel at times like a roller coaster. The ups and downs and sudden drops and climbs ... Read More
Do Your Kids Feel Comfortable Starting a Conversation About Drugs?
How comfortable are your children coming to you to discuss drug and alcohol use? Do they feel like your home is a safe space to have open conversations about the pressures they face at school or questions they might have about these substances? It can be an uncomfortable topic in some households to discuss drug use, ... Read More
Parental Do’s and Dont’s When Talking to Kids About Drugs
Perhaps one of the most dreaded conversations for parents is how to explain drugs to a child. No caring and responsible adult wants to hear kids and drugs in the same sentence. Bringing up the subject makes parents uneasy because they may not feel prepared; however, according to experts, the earlier parents talk with ... Read More
Teen Addiction Rehab Guide for Parents
The adolescent years are a time of self-discovery, exploring boundaries and personal limitations, and establishing a sense of identity. Unfortunately, for some children, experimenting with drugs or alcohol is part of that journey. Depending on the substance an adolescent uses, drug or alcohol abuse can lead to ... Read More