April 27, 2018

ADULT SPECIALTIES

Addiction in Adults

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

Many of our very own therapists had to overcome their personal struggles with substance abuse. They fought through cravings, overcame the tendency towards reckless behavior and have dedicated their lives towards helping others do the same.

People who have first-hand experience with struggling can be the best people to work with. They have no room to judge, so they do not judge. They have suffered through the pain of addiction, so they can empathize and meet others where they are. They have overcome their problems, so they can offer hope.

  • Do you feel frustrated because many of your arguments with others focus on excessive substance use?
  • Have you been told by a loved one that your drug and alcohol use is getting out of hand?
  • Are you losing more and more of the valuable things in your life due to substance abuse issues?

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Anxiety in Adults

According to the “Anxiety and Depression Association of America”, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. The good news is anxiety disorders are highly treatable.  Yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment. 

Anxiety is a normal part of life. Think about the time you faced a problem at work or when you had to make an important decision. Feeling stressed in these situations is normal. However, when your worry or fear does not go away and gets worse over time, this can become an anxiety disorder. A tell-tale sign is when your anxiety significantly interferes with your job, school and relationships. 

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Depression in Adults

Because No One Should Be Alone in a Dark Place

Dealing with clinical depression warps your view of everything. It is like putting on a set of sunglasses that darkens everything around you. It taints the world with a perspective that makes life feel miserable. No matter what you try and do, you get no joy out of it.

Some people have felt this way their entire lives not knowing anything different, while others develop these symptoms later in life and wonder why they can’t enjoy things anymore.  You feel overshadowed by a dark cloud with no way to see the light.

There are mothers who just absolutely love and cherish their children, but when the dark shades of depression hit, they feel no joy or connection. There are pet lovers who would normally light up when seeing their dog, but suddenly have no desire to want to play or pet them. Business men who ran successful jobs and businesses suddenly find it difficult to concentrate and can’t seem to get much work done. Depression is like the black hole of joy and motivation.

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