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Upon completion of a residential treatment program, young adults may wonder what comes next? For some students, preparing to return home can be exciting and they feel fully prepared. For others, the idea of returning home to old triggers and patterns may feel overwhelming. For these young adults, leaving the structured environment of a residential treatment program and going straight back to home may not be the best course of action. In these situations, there can be a great benefit...

It is a fact of life that we are not going to agree with everyone in our lives. People will always have different opinions, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. People with different perspectives can help broaden your worldview and help you see things in a new way. But there may be times when differing opinions can lead to difficult situations or arguments.  Shifting To Conversations If you want to learn how to de-escalate an argument and turn it into...

Completing a residential or wilderness program can be an exciting time where teens can feel proud of the work that they have done and look forward to returning home. But not everyone who completes a residential program is ready to head home right away. It can feel overwhelming to leave the support of a program and return home to a place that may hold a lot of triggers or challenges. Step-down programs are designed to support teens as they transition...

There are many reasons to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule: improved cardiovascular health, increasing strength and bone density. But studies have shown that physical activity can have a positive effect on the brain as well. While we may not be able to exercise our brain in the way that we exercise our muscles, we can use physical activity to sharpen and improve cognitive functions.  Physical Activity and the Brain Exercise can help the brain both directly and indirectly. Directly, exercise can...

Do you find yourself stuck in a rut or feeling uninspired? Maybe you feel a bit like you’re going through life on autopilot with minimal real thinking throughout your day. It could be time to challenge yourself. Challenge is by definition something that is difficult. But the truth is, it is when we challenge ourselves, that we grow.  Why Seek Out Challenge? When you push yourself past your comfort zone and into an area of growth, each new challenge is an opportunity...

Starting out in the workforce can be an exciting and confusing time. There are many choices when it comes to finding the right job for you, but there are tips to use to help you feel confident as you start on your journey. Do your research. To begin looking for a job, start by thinking about what career paths interest you the most. Would you like to work independently or with a team? Do you enjoy a fast-paced workplace or a...

In today’s world of technology and social media, it is easy to believe that everyone out there is living their best life. Things look easy from the outside, but the reality is that all of us have personal struggles and struggle can actually be a good thing in the long run.  Can Struggle Be a Good Thing? It can sometimes be difficult to see your struggles as anything but a challenge. The struggle can feel negative and it’s challenging to see any...

Our days are usually scheduled to the minute. We have work obligations, school deadlines, friend, and family responsibilities. When life gets busy it’s usually our own needs that get neglected. There is a popular quote that says, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” It refers to the idea that if you do not take the time to take care of yourself, you will not have the ability to take care of other aspects of your life.  Why Invest In Yourself? When...

Experiencing emotions is a healthy part of life and while it is natural to get upset at times, there are healthy ways and unhealthy ways to express emotions like frustration and anger.   Venting vs. Dumping Keeping emotions bottled up can lead to emotional outbursts or letting resentments fester. This is why it is important to know how to appropriately communicate those feelings. For example, there is a difference between venting your frustration and emotionally dumping on family or friends. Characteristics of venting...

The “marshmallow experiment” is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research. The idea is this: place a marshmallow in front of a child and tell them that they can have a second one if they can go fifteen minutes without eating the first one, then leave the room. Whether or not they’re patient enough to wait for the doubled reward is supposedly indicative of a measure of willpower that will benefit them in the future in school and...