Change is Possible: 10 Evidence-Based Reasons to Have Hope

Addiction is devastating. It can ruin careers, diminish physical and mental health, destroy relationships, and tear families apart. The power substances have over someone who is using is cunning and inexplicable – leaving those who love a substance user devastated and hopeless, feeling they have exhausted every option.  In honor of National Recovery Month, we want to acknowledge that the …

Treatment Vetting Through Doyen; The Hows

In our last blog, we spoke about the necessity of treatment education and treatment vetting, including what to be aware of when beginning to seek for help. Now that you know the why, let’s talk about the how. How do you vet a program, so that you may confidently send yourself, your client, or the Priority Family Member to treatment?  …

Treatment Placement: How to Vet Treatment Centers with Confidence

by Chelsea Bringham There are few circumstances that leave a family more vulnerable than enduring an ongoing crisis of mental health, addiction, trauma, and the like. When a loved one’s life is in danger, urgency for solutions becomes dire, leaving families – who, unfortunately, are often uneducated – vulnerable to some of the behavioral health treatment industry’s buzz words, unethical …

Historical Trauma in Diverse Communities

Culture and Ethnicity plays a key role in not only how individuals access mental health resources, but also how individuals perceive and experience mental illness, including whether they choose to seek help and how they turn to that for support. First and foremost, we recognize that there is a lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate services for diverse communities on …

PTSD and Family Systems: The Impact of Traumas Often Overlooked in Family Systems.

When we think of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we often default to soldiers and victims of sexual abuse. While these experiences are certainly among the leading causes of the mental illness, they are not the only type of trauma that will result in PTSD. The impact of Trauma – albeit Little ‘t’ or Big ‘T’ trauma –  is commonly dismissed …

If We Can Understand The Rain, We Can Truly Understand The Rainbow: LGBTQI + Trauma

This blog was guest-written by Beck Gee-Cohen, Director of LGBTQI+ Programming for Visions Adolescent Treatment Center. Starting in June, my newsfeed seems to turn full of rainbows. Ads for beer, vodka, mouthwash, and even underwear telling me that I should be proud and they support me. My friends change their profile pics to rainbow filters and share articles about being …

Come As You Are: Eating Disorders Do Not Discriminate.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019 is February 23-March 5th.   Eating Disorders are a serious and life-threatening mental illness that affect more than 30 million Americans. Within their life time, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder, according to National Surveys. There is no single cause of Eating Disorders, but rather a range …