The Ins and Outs of New Years Resolutions: Strategies for Achieving your Goal

The start of a New Year represents a new beginning and for a lot of people a time to start practicing newer better habits.  Theses declarations of change usually take the form of a New Years resolution.  However, New Year’s resolutions are often broad overarching goals and can be fraught with disappointment and unrealized expectations. We resolve to be our perfect, thinner, kinder and more productive selves […]

Psychology’s Dilemma

“Pop Psychology” and “psychobabble” are two terms that are often used in a pejorative sense to describe elements of the field of psychology. No other science has earned such monikers that belittle the institutions and research upon which they are founded. The roots of these negative expressions can be linked to a long colorful history […]

Schmoozing Without Boozing: Tips for Navigating Holiday Parties Without Drinking

Schmoozing Without Boozing   With the holidays come parties, Yankee swaps, fiestas, and soirees of all kinds.  There is a large drinking culture that is associated with the holiday season and navigating these occasions in early recovery can be a major challenge.   Sometimes it is a good idea to avoid these situations while still […]

Legal Marijuana: Substance Abuse Recovery Implications

It’s election day eve, as the nation ponders Clinton vs. Trump, which way the senate will swing, and countless other anxiety provoking questions about the future. Massachusetts voters will weigh in on Ballot Question 4, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana. The Boston Globe – which published in Op-Ed supporting a yes on 4 […]

Treating Eating Disorders: The Importance of Self Care

Clinicians who work with eating disorders are highly dedicated professionals. Since eating disorders revolve around some very fundamental human experiences—eating to survive and how we feel about our bodies and ourselves—the work can stir up one’s own personal feelings about eating, body weight, and self-esteem. Taking time for physical and psychological self-care can be overlooked […]

Body Image and The Media: Examining its Effects on our Own Perceptions

I recently participated in raising student awareness of the different types of eating disorders and informed them about biological, psychological, and environmental factors that influence eating disorders.  The most memorable environmental factor discussed was how the media promote unrealistic standards of beauty and physical appearance. With this in mind, I thought a quick reminder of how the […]

Knowing Your Options: Finding a Recovery Program that Works for You

Knowing your Options In the world of addiction recovery finding a supportive community or program can go a long way in aiding in the healing process. Whether you are the individual struggling with substance abuse or it is a loved one struggling, there are programs out there to help. Finding the right support is not […]

The Burden of Academic Success

Today, according to the American Psychological Association, eighty-three percent of teens believe that academic success is a somewhat or significant source of stress. In fact, fifty-four percent of teens feel impacts of stress on their physical health. In the same way that the media portrays unrealistic beauty standards, our society’s overwhelming emphasis on attending schools […]

10 Tips to Deal With Academic Stress, From One Student to Another

1. To Do Lists Outline the set of tasks that you have to complete. Once you can visualize what you have to do, you won’t be daunted by your assignments. 2. Budget Your Time Plan out your day, minute-by-minute. With this schedule, you will have the confidence and tools to complete all your tasks. 3. […]