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By On May 9th, 2014

Recovery Tip: Remember to PRIMP daily

Written by: Janice Ponds, LADC , CBIS One of the most difficult challenges those in recovery from substance abuse/dependence issues face is how to maintain their sobriety.  In spite of their best efforts to live a clean and sober lifestyle; the reality is that many will relapse.  An important factor in learning how to effectively…

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By On May 2nd, 2014

Bipolar Disorder Patients in Primary Care Show Signs of Depression and Anxiety

A US study of patients being treated for bipolar disorder in primary care found high rates of depressive and anxiety symptoms among the patients, however only a quarter of the participants were referred to specialist mental health treatment. “Successful treatment of bipolar disorder in primary care may require additional clinical interventions aimed at either further…

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By On December 18th, 2013

New Study Links Head Injuries to Psychiatric Disorders

The long-term effects of brain injuries have been making headlines over the past year because of the current concussion crisis within the NFL, but the majority of the focus is on the connection to memory problems and an increasing linkage between traumatic brain injury, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and Alzheimer’s disease-like symptoms and brain changes. However,…

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By On November 13th, 2013

Reading Helps Lower Stress and Keep Your Brain Healthy

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that reading regularly is good for your brain, but it may be beneficial in ways you haven’t really considered. Besides helping you learn and be entertained, books can improve sleep, help you relax, and even help empathy. It has also been documented that self help books can ease depression.…

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By On April 15th, 2013

Powerful Presentation by Janice Ponds, MA, LADC

  Janice Ponds, MA, LADC is one our therapists at Brookhaven Hospital.  She specializes in and is passionate about helping people with substance abuse issues.  Janice gave a presentation entitled, “Stages of Addiction, Stages of Change and Levels of Care,” to attendees of our Pastoral Seminar Series on April 11, 2013.  A big part of…

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By On January 2nd, 2013

Love in Recovery

Finding love while in recovery can be a tricky proposition.  You often hear about, and may have experienced personally, people getting together during or after treatment.  In Alcoholic’s Annonymous, there are twelve recognized steps of recovery.  The unofficial “13th Step” can refer  to dating while in recovery or specifically  to someone with years of sobriety…

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By On November 21st, 2012

Coping With the Holiday Blues

Holidays are a time of joy and togetherness for families and friends across the nation, but for an individual without those social lines, it can be a time of loneliness and sadness causing a sense of the “blues”. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance reports that 35 million Americans will be affected by depression in their lifetime,…

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By On July 5th, 2012

Building Strong Relationships Through Recovery

Relationships and recovery is such an incredibly profound subject because the two go hand in hand- you cannot have one without the other. This concept alone is a double edged sword because every individual’s life is made up of relationships and these bonds can be viewed as a blessing and a curse at the same…

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By On April 10th, 2012

Staying on Track through Recovery

For many individuals recovering from a mental health condition, staying in control of their life is the key to a successful recovery. To put recovery into action, one must focus on their resilience and regaining control of their life before further treating or managing their symptoms. As an opportunity for personal growth and self discovery,…

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