Why Top-Rated Colleges Struggle with Student Substance Abuse

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Student substance abuse remains an increasing issue among colleges and universities across the United States, including at Ivy League and other highly competitive private schools. While it may be common knowledge that college students are abusing alcohol and marijuana as their rite of passage into adulthood, there has been an increase since the 1990s of […]

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Intensive Outpatient Programs: When to Use a Lower Level of Care

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By Deborah Rasso, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, NCC, LPC, QS, CH Intensive outpatient programs are offered at two different points in the recovery process. The first point at which a client might choose Intensive outpatient programs is when he first realizes he might have a problem with drugs and alcohol. If a client calls his insurance […]

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10 Ways to Manage Stress in College And In Recovery

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Young people in recovery must learn how to manage stress in college if they intend to maintain sobriety. Thing is, college life doesn’t lend itself to be relaxing and stress-free. The art of keeping a healthy college work-life balance can be tricky, even to the most organized and disciplined of students. According to the American […]

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Partial Hospitalization Programs: Day OR Night Treatment

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By Deborah Rasso, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, LPC, NCC, QS, CH Partial Hospitalization Programs are considered an “outpatient” level of care, offered to clients who have achieved stability and no longer need inpatient/residential services. It is also offered when clients who were at a lower level of care fail to meet the treatment objectives and need […]

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Self-Care: You Deserve It Too (Shocking, I Know!)

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– By Katie Dalo We all know the drill.  Each time we are fortunate enough to take a trip via airplane, passengers hear the same life-saving song and dance. “In the event of a change in cabin pressure, masks should fall from the overhead compartment, please place your mask on before attempting to help others.” […]

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Uncomfortably Numb: How Do We Speak Of Those We Have Lost?

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By Katie Dalo Working in the addiction field is far more rewarding than people imagine. There is something beautiful, and equally mesmerizing, about watching a person move from darkness towards authenticity. There is something about seeing an individual, without hope, trust, or faith, shift his perception of reality to strength, self-worth, and conviction. I could […]

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Residential Treatment Programs: Are They Only 28 Days?

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By Deborah Rasso, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, NCC, LPC, QS, CH In the year 2000, we watched actress Sandra Bullock play successful writer Gwen Cummings, an alcoholic sentenced to 28 days of residential treatment after crashing a borrowed limousine while under the influence. Despite the fictional story, many who saw the blockbuster film, “28 Days,” came […]

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Should You Get Detox Treatment? | What You Need To Know

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By Deborah Rasso, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, LPC, NCC, QS, CH When you finally make the decision to stop using mind and mood altering substances, many questions may go through your mind.  Do I need detox treatment or should I look for a less intensive level of care? What do I do first? Am I going […]

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H(ang) O(n) P(ain) E(nds)

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– By Katie Dalo I want you to stop for a moment and really think about your darkest day. Where were you? Who were you with? What was happening in that moment that made you want to give up? Maybe this day was your “rock bottom”. Perhaps this day was one of your loneliest, maybe […]

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