Physicians Continue to Prescribe After Opioid Overdose

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

Abuse of control prescription drugs now exceeds abuse of all illegal drugs combined, except marijuana. Many of those in the addiction field believe that oxycontin is at the very heart of the vast opioid drug addiction epidemic currently seen in the United States. Not only is it highly addictive, but it is vastly over prescribed. […]

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No More Body-Shaming: Supermodel Emme’s #BodyBeaUtiful Social Media Campaign Lifts Off in 2016

by Kirsten Haglund - Community Relations Specialist
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“A New Year, a New You!” We’ve heard this phrase countless times, usually in the latest diet or exercise ad. There is certainly something restorative and motivating about beginning anew. However, that’s no excuse for the outrageous lengths to which the diet and beauty industry go to cash in on widespread body dissatisfaction and insecurity […]

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Congress Must Act … Now

by Kimberly Dennis, MD - CEO & Medical Director
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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that a large segment of the US population has experienced a sharp spike in the death rate since 1999. Moreover, the key causes of those increased deaths are seemingly self-imposed: alcohol, drugs, and suicide. This increasingly at-risk group is middle-aged white people. Prior to 1999 the mortality rate for this […]

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New Research Regarding Anorexia

by TK Staff
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It has long been known that eating disorders have both psychological and physiological components. However, new research indicates that the physical aspect may be more complex than previously thought and what is transpiring in the intestines of those with anorexia may have psychological ramifications. Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in […]

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The Power and Science of Hope

by Margaret Nagib, PsyD - Christian Therapist & Faculty Member, TK Clinical Development Institute
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The most intriguing piece of advice I ever received as a counselor in training came from one of my favorite professors. He told me, “In the very first session always give them a little magic.” Now that’s an interesting choice of words. The more I thought about the concept, the more the idea excited me. […]

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Transparency in Recovery

by Amy M Klimek, LPC, Eating Disorder Specialist Coordinator
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Those entering recovery embark on a new journey. Feeling like a different person, they experience original thoughts and perspectives, new goals for their lives, a healing body and a renewing spirit. It is a time of challenges and individuality. Most of all, it is a time of unknowing. Transparency in recovery implies openness and communication […]

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New Project Strives to Combat Body Dissatisfaction

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Negative body image has been growing throughout our country for quite some time; and what used to be confined to the female population, has rapidly move into the male population as well. At Timberline Knolls, we are increasingly aware that this trend has moved out of mere body dissatisfaction and into the realm of body […]

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The Psychology of a Warrior

by Rachel Sherron, MA, LPC, RYT, Yoga/Clinical Specialist
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The room is silent, my eyes steadied ahead of me and my arms spread wide in a Warrior Pose. As my feet feel the yoga mat below and my torso lengthens upward my body feels strong. I take a deep breath in, and a slow breath out. And then within a moment my attention strays […]

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Zero Tolerance for Body Shaming

by Amy M Klimek, LPC, Eating Disorder Specialist Coordinator
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Body shaming is rampant in today’s world. Primarily, it comes in the form of fat shaming, which is defined as overt criticism of bodies perceived to be larger than the cultural ideal.  Singer and new mother Kelly Clarkson has received her fair share of criticism as has singer Pink.  On May 12, Pink verbally shut […]

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Healing Negative Self-talk

by Amy M Klimek, LPC, Eating Disorder Specialist Coordinator
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In a previous TK blog we explored the concept of fat talk: who engaged in it, the whys behind it and the negative implications surrounding this type of interaction. Although fat talk is external, to a large degree, it begins as internal dialogue. This dialogue is a compilation of lifetime experiences. It’s a mental chorus […]

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