Substance Abuse: Prevention is Key to Saving Lives

Two women talking about substance abuse prevention

I remember clearly the first time my relationship with alcohol was brought into question. It was my senior year in high school, and a group of us had been going to the lake on the weekends. For me, going to the lake meant sun, fun and of course, a cooler full of beer. After many … Read more

Workplace Suicide Prevention: A Plan for Employers

Workplace suicide prevention

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call/text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. Every day in the U.S. 130 people die by suicide, the majority of whom are of working age. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health of adult Americans has declined sharply. The Kaiser Family … Read more

Teacher Burnout: Death by a Thousand Papercuts

Teacher burnout

by guest author Katie Niemczyk I recently wrote an op-ed for the HuffPost about why I became part of the mass exodus of teachers from the profession, and the response has been tremendous. Elizabeth McKissick reached out to ask me to be a guest on YouTurn Health’s podcast to discuss teacher burnout, which is why … Read more

Ambivalence: Entering Residential Treatment

Family Support in Recovery

Ambivalence is a word that comes up often in the world of recovery, as it applies to almost everyone that has experienced or currently lives in active addiction. The definition of ambivalence is “the state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.” As a person who was so deep in active … Read more

Engaging in Recovery is Like a Pig Wallowing in the Mud

Recovery is like wallowing in mud

Early in the morning, way too early for a Saturday, my husband and I drove our 14 year old to his cross country meet. These meets include all of the surrounding schools, and there are about 1,200 people in total milling around looking for their team tent. This particular day, we were in a torrential … Read more