After spending all of that effort in treatment, the last thing you want now is to relapse. But that is so much easier said than done. If you have used substances for any length of time, it can be very difficult to maintain sobriety. There are going to be times of stress, old friends who…

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Getting back into school after having mental health and/or substance use issues can be a difficult time. However, the best part about having completed your treatment is that you have new skills and habits to help you be even more successful. You have also learned to communicate better, which includes advocating for yourself and your…

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Treatment for mental health and substance use issues can be challenging, but you finished that, and you are growing stronger every day. Maybe you are even ready to tackle some new challenges, or to pick up some of the pieces where you left off before your treatment. One of the areas that can help you…

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Now that you have found your mental health through your hard work in treatment and beyond, you are going to want to guard your mental health like a dragon would guard its treasure. Because your mental health is so crucial to every aspect of your life, including your physical health, your relationships with others, your…

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You learned in treatment the value of eating healthy. You also learned about self-care or doing things proactively to promote wellness and show that you love and accept yourself. Maybe eating nutritiously is a very difficult thing for you to understand and live every day. Or perhaps you enjoy nutrition, and maybe even want to…

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After treatment for mental health and/or substance use, you learned a lot about self-care, therapy skills to help you manage your stress and emotions, and about being vigilant in those things to protect you from relapse. You can also protect yourself by being vigilant in your social media use. By keeping yourself safe, monitoring how…

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Life can be lonely when you are trying to make it on your own. Life is even more lonely when you are trying to manage mental health issues on your own. Having found treatment for your mental health and/or substance use issues, you know how important it is to have a strong support network. At…

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With all of the conversations around the legalization of marijuana, one of the things that get overlooked is, although it is legal, it is still only legal for those who are over the age of 21. Too many adolescents assume that if it is legal for adults, then it is okay for them, also. However,…

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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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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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