Awareness & Prevention

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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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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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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Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

by TK Staff

The acronym LGBTQ is fairly well understood today. Most people know that it refers to an individual’s sexual orientation. But, it is important to remember that this is only one component of any human being. At the end of the day, those who identify as gay and bisexual are everyday people from all walks of […]

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The Devastating Consequences of Secret-Keeping

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

An article appeared in the New York Times this month titled, “Alone with My Husband’s Secret.” The secret was his depression. In a first-hand account, the writer shared the negative impact this confidence had on him, and ultimately, her. There are few absolutes in this world, but one of them is that secrets are simply […]

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Pediatricians: The New Anti-bullies in the War On Weight

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

It’s not uncommon for teasing to be an aspect of a young person’s life, whether within the confines of the family, or on the playground of the schoolyard. Teasing can be connected to minor things such as possessing a multitude of freckles, or being the shortest kid in the family. But sometimes, making fun of […]

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Sexual Assault and the Power of Speaking the Truth

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

It seems as if every day another sexual abuse story explodes in the media. Although politics and entertainment often figure prominently in the headlines, as recently as this past week another scandal came to light directly linked to the US Olympics. Evidently, young female gymnasts were routinely experiencing sexual assault from the team doctor. The […]

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Anxiety: A Growing Problem in Today’s Youth

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

A recent article in the New York Times addressed the dramatic rise of anxiety in today’s youth.  In the past ten years, anxiety has replaced depression and is now the number one reason why college students seek counseling. But, the reality is, life-altering anxiety starts years before entrance into college. Across the country, high school […]

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Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

Eating disorders have long been a component of the female population. Although these disorders manifest through the denial of food, the over-consumption of food or in other myriad ways, at the heart of every food-related illness is the inability to cope with painful emotions. Often, this disorder-inducing emotion is simple shame. A girl is ashamed […]

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