Celebrating the Family in Recovery

by Valerie Jencks, MS, LMFT, LCPC, Family Therapy Staff

September is National Recovery Month. It is a time designed to bring awareness and increased understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate those in recovery. At Timberline Knolls we have the greatest respect for those women and girls who have completed treatment, and sustained their commitment to their recovery months and years after […]

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American Doctors: Take The Pledge

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

The expression “it takes a village” is often bandied about; it is used to indicate how difficult it will be to accomplish a task. Today, the United States is in the grip of a very dangerous epidemic.  In order to turn the tide on opioid addiction, it will take far more than a village, it […]

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The Olympics and Body Image: The Race to the Finish Line

by Amy M. Klimek Stansbury, LCPC, Director of Program Development and Eating Disorder Program Coordinator

It has been a great feat for the USA Olympic team in Rio.  As we watch our favorite athletes, old and new, exude confidence through their strength and resilience on their quest for the gold, one starts to wonder. What does it take to be the fastest, the greatest, the best?  What level of attention […]

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Cautionary Note for Young Female Athletes

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Many decades ago, organized sports were synonymous with males; athletics were mostly made up of boys, not girls. Today, teen girls participating in sports is becoming more common.  On so many levels—physical and emotional health, positive self-esteem and body image, improved brain function – this is a positive trend. Every moment a young girl is […]

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New Steps to Treat America’s Opiate Addiction

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reported that the federal government intends to increase access to methadone and buprenorphine. These are drugs currently taken by hundreds of thousands of Americans to fight opiate addiction. These medications help control drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The government has spent $94 million to allow health centers to […]

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Advice for Parents with an Overweight Child

by Julie Raymond, MA, LCPC, Eating Disorder Specialist

Many parents grapple with the same question:  If my child is overweight, should I talk to her about it? A new study offers a degree of guidance regarding this issue; the conclusion is “no.” Published in the Journal Eating and Weight Disorders, the study concluded that parents’ comments regarding weight, even though well-intended, often lead […]

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Suicide in America: The Numbers Only Go Up

by Kimberly Dennis, MD - CEO & Medical Director Emeritus

The United States is arguably one of the greatest countries in the world. We live free and exist in an environment that is rife with opportunity. There is no dictator, no tyrannical government. And yet, every single day, far too many people succumb to suicide. According to a federal data analysis, suicide in our country has surged […]

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Opiate Addiction and Newborns

by Beth Tesmond, MHS, CADC, MISA, Addictions Program Coordinator

We write often about the epidemic of opiate abuse throughout our country. The mass addiction, broken families, the death toll rising. But one key group of victims that has seemingly gone by the wayside until now: babies, those unfortunate infants born to mothers who are opiate addicted and therefore, are brought into this world with […]

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Finally, Action is Taken

by TK Staff

On Tuesday, March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took an important step in combatting the deadly prescription painkiller epidemic in the United States. In a first-time move, our nation’s top federal health agency issued guidelines for the dispensing of morphine-like, addictive drugs, such as Vicodin and OxyContin. The agency directed the guidelines […]

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Bariatric Surgery: Anything but a Quick Fix

by Marge Crotty RN, MS - Director of Nursing

Bariatric surgery is becoming more and more common, with approximately 200,000 people electing to undergo this procedure each year. Bariatric surgery has one goal:  weight loss. This is accomplished primarily through restriction of gastric capacity, which means people simply cannot eat as much as before.  Another strategy is restriction combined with bypassing a portion of […]

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