True Beauty

About a year ago I sat in a large circle in a group therapy session that John Stewart was leading. John started by asking everyone in the circle to identify something beautiful about themselves. He said, “Tell everyone in the circle something beautiful about you.” I was startled and a little uncomfortable. I had never…

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Many coins

Maybe your mind works like mine. Maybe you are skeptical of stories like this. Read on and see what you think. I have an old silver dollar I keep in a red velvet case. It was my Grandfather’s. He bought a bunch of them after they stopped making silver coins. After he died, my Grandmother…

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As 2019 comes to a close, you can look back on the changes you have made in your life. Every day that you have lived sober and mentally healthy is a testament to how amazing you are. You are actively choosing, every day, to be a better person, to live a better life, and to…

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You try really hard. Honestly, you do your best. But it seems like you always forget a book or forget to do an assignment, or you fail a quiz or test. You try so hard to be kind, but inevitably, you always end up fighting with your annoying little brother. And now, your best friend…

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Being mentally healthy is more than just a New Year’s Resolution, it is your new way of life. Why get sober, go through treatment, see your doctors and therapists just to give it all up like a poorly chosen New Year’s resolution? Maybe you will stumble, maybe you will even fall a little again. But…

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You came, you worked, you laughed, and you cried. Potomac Programs is more than just a day camp or summer camp, though. The work you did here was meant to change the way you think, the way you view life, and to change your actual life. Not just now, but forever. Hopefully, you also had…

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The headlines always focus on the negatives of social media. There are always stories of cyberbullying and abuse, often transferring into real-life tragedies. Or there are stories about social media being a negative influence on people, or how much time is “wasted” on social media. It’s about time that you start making headlines for using…

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Just like a toddler learning to walk, recovering from mental illness or substance use can be like learning something for the first time, too. Sure, we thought we knew how to do life. But then we realized that we weren’t actually walking, we were limping or crawling mentally. Now we have taken the first steps…

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Social media can be very enticing. It can suck us in and then it can be hours before we even realize what time it is. Some apps are specifically designed to keep us checking around the clock. With others, it is the constant stream of content that keeps us coming back and clicking day and…

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