The Power of Choice

One of the top reasons why I love working at New Haven Residential Treatment Center is because of their emphasis on nurturing healthy relationships.  We teach the concept of allowing people to make choices and to then experience related consequences rather than forcing people to do things the way we want them to.  Although using force […]

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Principles of Recovery: A Broader Application

For decades, professionals and lay sponsors alike have utilized the “Serenity Prayer” as foundational to recovery from addiction. The prayer reads as follows: “God grant unto me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference” (The Serenity Prayer  – utilized by […]

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Enjoy Your Holiday Amid the Difficulties

  Enjoy Your Holiday Amid the Difficulties The holidays can be a wonderful time to spend with friends and loved ones, but it can also be a stressful and difficult time.  Our therapists have put together some advice to help you navigate through the difficulties. 1 – Make a Gratitude list.  Recognizing your blessings is […]

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Looking at ADHD Differently

  Looking at ADHD differently  By, Megan Slater       As a parent of children with AD/HD, I found comfort in researching what the diagnosis really meant for our family.  I felt validated as I read the classic symptoms described by my children’s doctor and on informational websites.  Yes!  My children struggle with these things, and […]

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What Are the Symptoms of ADHD?

What Are the Symptoms of ADHD? By, Laurie Laird  Reference: mentalhealth.about.com/cs/familyresources/l/bladd.htm ADHD is not like a broken arm, or strep throat, it does not have clear physical signs that can be seen in an x-ray or a lab test. ADHD can only be identified by looking for certain characteristic behaviors and these behaviors vary from person […]

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What is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center?

  A dual diagnosis treatment center is one that provides treatment for individuals who have coexisting difficulties with mental health and drugs and/or alcohol.  The treatment of individuals who have both mental health difficulties and substance use difficulties is generally considered to be more complex than treating either one alone.  It is a dilemma commonly […]

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Dealing with Teen Depression in a Residential Treatment Setting

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Upon entering a residential treatment center, about 80% of adolescent girls have some form of anxiety or depression. Many of the behaviors we see in residential treatment mirror the behaviors at home upon admission: school avoidance, isolation, struggles with peer relationships, activity refusal, self-harm, suicidal ideation and disconnect from family. I have encountered all of […]

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“Coping with Depression at School”

Depression can steal everything that you love. Depression doesn’t ask permission or quietly exit when it takes what it wants. It lingers and invades everything that you think about, do, and create. It becomes a wall that most people think is too high to even attempt to climb. As an educator at New Haven, I […]

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Back to Basics: Supporting Teens and Loved Ones with Depression

As a supporter of a family member suffering from depression, I know how difficult it can be. The worry, exhaustion, frustrations, concerns, and pain can become overwhelming.  Supporting loved ones with depression can be confusing. Why are they so sad? Why don’t they enjoy things they used to? Why don’t they have energy or motivation? […]

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Dealing with Teen Depression in a Residential Treatment Setting

Upon entering a residential treatment center, about 80% of adolescent girls have some form of anxiety or depression. Many of the behaviors we see in residential treatment mirror the behaviors at home upon admission: school avoidance, isolation, struggles with peer relationships, activity refusal, self-harm, suicidal ideation and disconnect from family. I have encountered all of […]

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