After surviving mental health and/or substance use issues, you did the work you needed to get through treatment. Some people feel much stronger immediately after treatment, particularly in comparison to where they started. Staying strong after treatment is another thing altogether, because life happens. As you get back into life and everyday problems as well…

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It all started when you realized that you were tired every day. At first, you just didn’t feel great, mentally or physically. Not horrible, just not great. As time went on things that used to make you happy stopped doing so. Your appetite changed, you had less motivation, and you felt apathetic constantly. At some…

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When you were a baby, you had a parent or two or maybe some guardians. They were the ones who helped with all of your grooming and feeding, they offered emotional support and also provided educational support. Whether you knew it or not, you had a personal support network then, and you have one now,…

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There are so many people and forces in our lives that try to tell you what you should look like. They want you to have a certain frame, a certain body type, the right shaped face, the right color and texture of hair, and so much more. So if you don’t match up how can…

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It can start with a bad day, a bad breakup, fighting with a friend or family member, or so many other external things. Perhaps more often, it starts internally, when the chemicals in our brain become imbalanced. Depression doesn’t need a reason, it just is. One day we’re fine, the next day depression is there.…

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Before you attended treatment, lonely was your middle name. You felt alone all the time and without friends. But now you know how important having friends can be. And you have gained skills that will help you make friends, create a whole network of friends. From now on, you do not need to be lonely.…

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Choosing a career at any age can be very stressful. You want something that you enjoy, and that is rewarding, fulfilling, and will help you meet your financial goals. But how do you know that any of that will work out? Especially now, at this age? How do you know that what your interests are…

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We often carry the burden of mental health or substance use alone. You may have isolated for so long that you don’t know where to begin when you’re told to build a support network. It feels hard to trust people with knowledge of your struggles and connecting to others feels new and scary. But a…

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This is supposed to be one of the best times of your life. You are still young, you have opportunities to participate in music, athletic, and other organizations, and still hang out with friends. You are old enough to choose the fun things you want to do, independent enough to do them without mom and…

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If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, it must be taken seriously. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 immediately. The current generation is more willing than any before to take on and talk about taboo subjects, going as far as making jokes or sarcastic expressions out of certain subjects.…

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