Why Isolating is Counterproductive

By Veronica Cartagena | December 12, 2019

         When you’re feeling down, anxious, miserable or depressed, it can feel natural to want to hide in your room, in your bed, away from … Read more

The Importance of Coping Mechanisms

By Veronica Cartagena | December 5, 2019

         You’ve probably heard the term coping mechanism, especially if you’ve ever been to therapy or a treatment program. Coping mechanisms are behaviors or strategies … Read more

How Is Social Media Effecting American Teenagers?

By Veronica Cartagena | December 4, 2019

For many teenagers, social media is a fun and easy way to stay connected with friends. However, there are dangerous risks in every new profile … Read more

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The Gift of Community

By Veronica Cartagena | November 27, 2019

The holidays are approaching, and regardless of whether we are making the decision to enter into recovery, or are well on our journey, it can … Read more

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How to Avoid a Holiday Relapse

By Veronica Cartagena | November 20, 2019

One of the most difficult parts of recovery is the reality of relapse. Typically, between 40-60 percent of people will relapse within their first year … Read more

One is the Loneliest Number: Why Group Therapy Works

By Veronica Cartagena | November 13, 2019

When we are suffering, it’s easy to feel isolated which can make our negative thoughts appear far worse. It almost seems like no one else … Read more

Vaping-Related Illness Claim Its First Victims

By Veronica Cartagena | November 6, 2019

When kids hit their teen years, they want to be in control. They want to choose everything from their food options, their friends, and of … Read more

Cleaning Up Your Social Media Accounts

By Veronica Cartagena | October 28, 2019

Cancel culture has become popular over the last few years. If you make a mistake, society cancels you out which means there are no second … Read more

Finding Balance in an Ever-Changing World

Finding Balance in an Ever-Changing World

By Veronica Cartagena | October 25, 2019

There are a million metaphors and similes about life. It’s a roller coaster, it’s like a box of chocolates, and it’s a journey, yet these … Read more

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Saying “No” Stems from Self-Worth

By Veronica Cartagena | October 22, 2019

We are taught from a young age to say no. We are told it’s okay to stand up for ourselves and go against the crowd, … Read more