A Clear Alumni Shares His Experience, Strength, and Hope

Born in Sacramento, I grew up an only child to a loving and caring family who gave me everything I could have asked for in life. To my family and friends, everything in my life appeared completely normal… I was very involved in sports and skateboarding growing up and I got along with everyone in school and even had a …

Failure to Launch & Drug Abuse, What’s a South Bay Parent to Do?

Sad Woman

One of the most significant developments in America today is the failure of millions of young people—even those fully employed—to fully launch into adult life. November, for example, brought a report that 45 percent of young adults in New Jersey between the ages 18 and 34 now live with their parents—even though they are employed. Failure-to-launch is the collective name …

How to Confront a Drug Addict

How can I confront an addict?

People that achieve long-term abstinence do it without luxurious treatment facilities. From a Loved ones perspective, one needs to invoke a need to change in order for this to work. Here we are going to go over the top 5 tips on how to confront a drug addict: Admit to yourself that the person that you care about is really …

Legal Marijuana and Teenagers

With all of the recent news surrounding the legalization of recreational marijuana, there’s some important pieces of information you need to know! The potency of marijuana and THC-related concentrates has significantly increased over the last 20 years! Often we’re seeing parents who don’t see a harm in their teenagers recreationally smoking marijuana due to their own experiences in their teens. …

How to Find Drug & Alcohol Treatment

Drug and Alcohol Treatment

The healthcare industry, specifically in the area of addiction and mental health, is a massive one, and as rates of addiction and overdose continue to climb so will the demand for adequate treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has estimated that the drug and alcohol rehabilitation is a $35 billion industry. It is also estimated that roughly …

Insurance in the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Landscape

Insurance and drug & alcohol treatment

Without insurance, most average people would not be able to afford basic care, let alone the extensive and expensive procedures such as surgery or drug and alcohol treatment. As the price of medical care increases so does the need for it to become affordable for the general public. Unlike other countries, which subsidize their healthcare through the government, the United …

Destroying the Stigma of Mental Health Disorders

Stigma of Mental Health Disorders

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health Disorders, a widely regarded resource of mental health support, 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some form of mental health disorder in any given year. That means that roughly 20% of the people you meet every day struggle with anxiety, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia or any number of other disorders or combinations thereof. …

Is Our Fast Paced Modern Society Causing Us Anxiety and Depression?

Fast Paced Modern Society Causing Anxiety and Depression?

Generally speaking, the word ‘progress’ is usually identified as being positive, successful, a natural result of capitalism at its finest. The very fiber upon which our founding fathers created our great country rests upon the idea that we as a society will progress into the future, and that it will be good. Dramatic changes over the last 50 years have …

Social Media & Your Mental Health

Social Media and Its Impact on Mental Health

It is no secret that social media plays a major role in our society, and that trend is only expanding as technology weaves itself deeper into the fabric of our daily lives. From constant Facebook status updates, to politically charged Tweets and glamorous snapshots of an artistic cappuccino on Instagram, social media has been wildly influential in dictating social trends. …

The Psychology Behind Bullying

Child being bullied

Across the United States, bullying is affecting thousands of teenagers. All throughout the country, children are being emotionally and physically abused, leaving the victims with fear and mental health issues. Constantly parents hear of children taking their own lives because of cyber bullying from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and other popular social media applications. With bullying present in the lives …