8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting PHP/IOP Program

8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting PHP/IOP Program

By Jen Kohlenberger

Prior to my treatment at Solstice Pacific I had never heard of an Intensive Outpatient or Partial Hospitalization Program. All I knew was that I needed this level of care and it sounded great and scary at the same time.

Can Ergonomics Affect Your Mental Health?

Can Ergonomics Affect Your Mental Health?

Physical aspects of ergonomic hazards are frequently visible in the workplace. High pressure and uncomfortable postures, as well as their potentially detrimental impacts on employees is more common now that we use so many screens.

The Importance of Pain

The Importance of Pain

Fear of pain is a primal instinct, and since we understand our senses, we have been programmed to avoid pain. Insisting that pain is always bad news, on the other hand, may obstruct awareness of pain's multiple dimensions.

What is Abstinence?

What is Abstinence?

People sometimes hear the word "abstinence" in the context of recovery. A term that describes one of the pillars to quality life after addiction or alcohol dependence. Abstinence is a term used in mental health treatment to describe the process of abstaining from addictive substances and/or behaviors by not engaging in or avoiding them.

Where is my Higher Power?

Where is my Higher Power?

Since the late 1930’s, the 12-Step recovery practices have consistently gained momentum for getting people that are addicted to drugs and alcohol to stay sober. One of the main suggestions for staying sober is to find your own conception of a Higher Power.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 30, 2022 is DEA Drug Take Back Day. It is the goal of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to make it easy for people to get rid of their unused or unwanted prescription drugs while also raising awareness of how easily these drugs can be abused.

To the Person Who Chooses to Love Someone With An Anxiety Disorder

To the Person Who Chooses to Love Someone With An Anxiety Disorder

We know we’re hard to love. Our anxiety inhibits us from being the partner we truly want to be sometimes. But that doesn’t mean we love you any less or we don’t want to work to be better– for ourselves, for you, for us.

Functional Alcoholic

Functional Alcoholic

When most people hear the word "alcoholic," pictures of chaos and drama usually spring to mind. Images of impoverished people begging for money on the side of the road with no work and alienated families come to mind frequently.

 "I Was A Child With Undiagnosed OCD"

"I Was A Child With Undiagnosed OCD"

I would say this to each and every bite of food that I took. I was 5 years old. Eating meals was stressful. I believed my food was scared and I didn’t want to cause it harm, so I needed to reassure each bite that it would be safe inside my tummy.

6 Tips to Make Easter Fun in Sobriety

6 Tips to Make Easter Fun in Sobriety

Easter Sunday is approaching, and regardless of your religious beliefs or lack thereof, Easter and spring in general are all about rebirth. You may still find significance in Easter if you don't originate from (or no longer identify with) a religious tradition that celebrates the occasion. 

Spring Cleansing

Spring Cleansing

Spring is a time for clearing out what no longer serves you. As the sun feels like a nice interruption, Spring is full of change: color, smells, texture. A time of creation and preparation. If you are feeling overwhelmed, fearful or anxious, the symbolism of Spring is perfect for you!

The Names We Give Ourselves, Part II

The Names We Give Ourselves, Part II

When I imagine Seuss writing, I picture him enjoying the art - flowed out of him. It was not forced. But, until I was in my late thirties, that concept evaded me. Self-compassion was not winning.

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