Thanksgiving at Timberline Knolls

by TK Staff

We all know the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a day to spend time with family members and express gratitude for that which is good in our lives. As clinicians in the behavioral health field, we are also profoundly aware of the challenge that an extravagant Thanksgiving meal can present to those struggling with […]

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Research Reveals Brain Connection in Eating Disorders

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

In the United States today, approximately 30 million people have some type of an eating disorder.  A full two-thirds of these individuals are female. This comes as no shock. Our society in and of itself is far harder on females than males in every possible regard. Advertising, primarily geared to women, say we must purchase […]

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Everyday, Choose Love. “Love Your Body Day” 2016

by Kirsten Haglund - Community Relations Specialist

Love. I had romantic notions about it growing up, believing that love was a tremendous, sweeping, passionate feeling that would lead to lifelong relational satisfaction and fulfillment. Years later while engaged, at times I’d ask leading questions of my future husband.  “Why do you love me?” Naturally, I was looking for a flowery, poetic response. […]

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Twenty Hours on a Bus

by William A. Parsons Jr., PhD, CEO

Several days per week, I set aside time to stroll around our campus. Not only does this allow me to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, but it gives me the opportunity to interact with staff, visiting parents, and most importantly, our residents. Six weeks ago, I found myself standing alongside Anna*, a resident in […]

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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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