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A weekly blog for caregivers and the chronically ill

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are you depressed
24
Jan

Are You Depressed?

“I’m depressed.” People throw this phrase around a lot and the meaning can get lost in translation. I think sometimes we get scared of feeling and assume that if we are sad sometimes, we must be depressed. This just isn’t true. When we think about the difference between temporary sadness, grief, and clinical depression, we are talking...
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16
Jan

How to Manage Daily Activities With Chronic Illness

Living with chronic illness can be trying, especially during flair ups. For the millions of Americans who live daily with chronic illness, pacing can help you manage your daily tasks and activities while living with difficult symptoms. Pacing involves completing daily activities at home, at work, and in your social life without making pain or...
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16
Jan

Why Couple Impacted By Addiction Need Couple’s Therapy

Healthy relationships and substance abuse do not mix. In fact, I would argue it is absolutely impossible to have a successful relationship with a partner who is abusing substances. Substance use disorders have a way of causing harm to the entire family, not just the individual using. Couples impacted by substance abuse often experience: Problems...
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whitney hawkins lmft chronic illness and addiction therapist
15
Dec

7 Reasons You Should Get A Pet This Holiday Season

Spend five minutes on my website and you’ll notice I am obsessed with my dogs. This (insert holiday here) you should absolutely ask for a pet, preferably one with fur. I’ll explain why later. Pets are amazing for your mental health. They offer so many benefits including keeping you accountable and giving you something to...
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whitney hawkinslmft
30
Nov

What To Do When Someone You Love Relapses

When an addict decides to stop using or get treatment, relief sets in and the family can take a breath. Finally the nightmare is over. It pains me to say this, but relapse in addiction is highly likely. Once someone gets clean, they must work diligently to remain sober. It is important that families understand...
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How to tell people you're sober
17
Nov

Telling People You’re Sober

When you decide to get treatment for addiction or make a commitment to recovery, you likely hit a low point that you never expected. You didn’t decide to give up the pills, the booze, or whatever you enjoy because of one bad night out. Often there are many, many bad nights and days. There is...
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