Depression

How Can I Help Someone Out of Depression?

When our kids are experiencing depression, we might wish that we could get them to “snap out of it.” Symptoms of depression can impair a child’s quality of life. Many experiencing depression stop doing things that they love or taking care of themselves. When kids have depression, the symptoms can cause them to stop doing […]

Wolves

The Magic of the Wolf: Helping Kids Recover

Animal-assisted therapy can help kids in their recovery by teaching responsibility, empathy, connection, and giving back. During a stay at Fire Mountain Residential Treatment Center of Estes Park, Colorado, kids can visit wolf-dogs at the Song of the Wolf Healing Center. While spending time with wolf-dogs, kids can foster a connection with these often misunderstood […]

Son

Emerging Breakthrough of Positive Psychology on Recovery

“The aim of positive psychology is to catalyze a change in psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building the best qualities in life.”  -Martin Seligman, American psychologist, educator, and self-help author Principles of positive psychology and other strengths-based treatment philosophies are driving approaches in recovery from addiction […]

Fight or Flight

Fundamentals of the “Flight or Fight” Response

When discussing mental health or addiction issues, the term “flight or fight response” comes up frequently to explain maladaptive human behavior. The “flight or fight” response can explain motivations for behaviors that are reminiscent of survival instincts. While we do not face the same kinds of daily threats that the “flight or fight” response is […]

Grief

How to Express Grief From the Pandemic

While some people lost family members and loved ones to COVID-19, fortunately, many of us did not experience loss on this scale. All of us have, however, experienced a loss of some kind during the pandemic. Some people lost their jobs, social connections, opportunities to engage in passions, or other meaningful parts of their daily […]