Suicide: Rural America is at Extreme Risk

by TK Staff

September is National Suicide Prevention month; therefore, much is being written and talked about regarding this topic. Yet, rarely do we hear about the geographic demographics of this growing problem, namely how shockingly prevalent it is in rural areas. Although populations are low, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming lead the country in suicide deaths. Last May, […]

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College and Eating Disorders: When Life is Just Too Much

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations

There are certain pivotal times in a young girl’s life. The advent of puberty is probably the most physically significant. And, transitioning from middle to high school tends to be the greatest social challenge. Although there are often bumps along the road, most girls arrive at the first major destination in their lives—high school graduation—intact, […]

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Beating Cynicism

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist

Stalled. Plateaued. Uninspired. Unmotivated. We rarely see depictions of the recovery journey like this in cheery Instagram posts and on pro-recovery websites. The reason being, why would we? Recovery is hard enough: a daily, uphill battle (especially at the beginning), and often it is messages of hope, inspiration and stories of victory that help push […]

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Cirrhosis on the Rise in Young People

by Megan Wilson, CADC, Addictions Program Coordinator

Cirrhosis is a disease that affects the liver and usually results from intense, prolonged alcohol intake. It is the toxins in alcohol that cause inflammation, which eventually leads to irreversible scarring of the organ. In past decades, the stereotypical cirrhosis victim was an older, overweight man with an unhealthy skin pallor. Often this visual included […]

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Stimulants: The Problem of Abuse and Addiction

by Megan Wilson, CADC, Addictions Program Coordinator

Millions of prescriptions are written annually for pain reduction. In turn, opioid medications have played an enormous role in leading uninformed people down the path to addiction. Another class of frequently prescribed drugs are stimulants, which can also lead to misuse and addiction. Misuse is commonly defined as taking medication for a reason other than […]

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The Reality of Pain

by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Awareness Advocate, Community Relations Specialist

Our imaginations are powerful. Growing up, I could play for hours by myself: dressing up in my mom’s old clothes and venturing to magical worlds, writing stories about mythical times and places, or building “forts” with my brother or friends in the living room. Escape from the monotony of everyday life was a joy – […]

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Suicide Prevention: Does the End Always Justify the Means?

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations

The world lost two extraordinary people last week. One a revolutionary fashion designer, the other a talented chef and beloved television personality. In both cases, media outlets exploded with sad and shocked commentary due to the cause of the premature deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain: suicide. And then came the commensurate outpouring of […]

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One Word… A Lifetime of Pain

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations

Fat is not a four-letter word; and yet, this single monosyllabic word has the power to devastate people’s lives. In fact, most females can’t think of anything worse than being called fat. Years ago, research studies confirmed that young girls would rather be called stupid than fat, while adolescents would prefer to receive a cancer […]

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Can All Foods Fit?

by Colleen O’Sullivan, Timberline Knolls Nutrition Services Team Member

A heathy approach to life should never consist of a “diet” as eating should be addressed as a lifestyle.  Diets don’t work.  Period. What does work is a lifestyle consisting of balance, variety and moderation. Sometimes I like to challenge residents to think of a single food that can result in end of life and […]

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Alcohol Awareness Month: Focusing on Today’s Youth

by Megan Wilson, CADC, Addictions Program Coordinator

The opiate crisis in America has been front page news for a very long time due to its widespread nature and staggering casualties. However, we must never lose sight of the fact that alcohol abuse remains a huge problem throughout our country, which is why April was declared Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987. Each year, […]

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