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addiction

Why Families Are Still the Front Line of Defense in Opioid Addiction


In recent weeks the government has taken positive actions to combat the opioid epidemic. The President announced steps to prevent opioid addiction and also to appropriately treat the million Americans who already have opiate addiction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new opioid prescribing guidelines based on studies showing opioid painkillers work best for relieving cancer-related pain and acute pain during the first few days after an...
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General

A HMO is OK!

You are more likely to get a look if you say you have an HMO versus a PPO - and it's not a good one. I never realized that having in HMO had stigma attached to it but, since I have switched, (despite the poor reputation,) I've...
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Psychology

#metoo: How to Respond to Sexual Trauma



Many of you have probably seen friends post "#metoo" on Twitter, Facebook and social media.  In the wake of recent allegations of multiple sexual harassment and sexual assault per Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano suggested people  utilize the #MeToo campaign (founded by Tarana Burke) for victims of sexual assault to break their silence and share their stories.

As a therapist who is passionate about the destigmatization of mental health issues,...
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Adoptee

When Adoptees Have Children


For adoptees, having our own children can raise a plethora of emotions, all of which can be difficult to navigate. Giving birth is such a primitive, visceral and life-changing experience, it will understandably make us think back to our own beginnings and of our birth families, primarily our mother. It's not just an issue for women: men who are adopted can and will struggle, too, their own children raising uncomfortable feelings about...
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How to Navigate Difficult Family Relationships

How do you deal with your dysfunctional, toxic, or difficult family members?
The holidays usually mean getting together with family. Family is a blessing in many ways, but it can also present challenges – differing opinions, disrespect, misunderstandings, reminders of past hurts, or plain old getting on each other’s nerves.

If you’re anticipating some challenging situations with your difficult family members this holiday season, you don’t have to feel like a victim....
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