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Life After Relapse: This Is Not the End

Life After Relapse: This Is Not the End

You are an alcoholic or drug addict. You know that, you have admitted that, and you have taken the brave step of contacting Aspire Counseling Services for treatment and assistance. You have been successful in facing your addiction and remaining sober. You...

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How Strong Family Ties Wards Off Depression

How Strong Family Ties Wards Off Depression

There is a strong link between the benefits of social connections and good mental health. Research has shown that people with strong social connections have lower rates of anxiety and depression, increased self-esteem, greater empathy, and more trusting and...

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Understanding Dual Diagnosis

Understanding Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis, or comorbidity, is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Since addiction to drugs or alcohol is a mental illness, it is considered a dual diagnosis, or a diagnosis of two mental...

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Depression in California

Depression in California

Depression and anxiety are often linked together. People with anxiety disorder often suffer from depression, and people with depression often suffer from anxiety. In fact, nearly half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, according to…

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Substance Abuse & Skateboarding Culture

Substance Abuse & Skateboarding Culture

Teen drug addiction has declined among youth over the last two decades. According to the Monitoring the Future Survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, other than marijuana, drug use among 12th graders has declined by 30% over the past five...

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How Positive Habits and Practices Help Recovery

How Positive Habits and Practices Help Recovery

As humans, we are creatures of habit. We all have the same physical needs- to eat, to sleep, etc. However, our habits develop differently based on our actions. The actions we take on a daily basis become habits, and those habits become ingrained. Our brains...

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First Responders: PTSD

First Responders: PTSD

First Responders are the first ones to report on scene to assist in dangerous and difficult situations to provide physical and emotional support to the public. While communities rely on these police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical services personnel to help in these situations, it is often…

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Social Media: The Effect on Teens

Social Media: The Effect on Teens

Social media is a major part of the life of most teens. According to Pew Internet and American Life Project, 81 percent of teens are using social media and have an average of 400 “friends” they communicate with through the internet. Add in the prevalence of...

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Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues

Many people look forward to the holidays and are excited about all the festivities celebrating the season. Others struggle with the “holiday blues” and go through bouts of seasonal depression. Aspire Counseling Services wants to help you…

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Thoughtful Gifts for the Sober

Thoughtful Gifts for the Sober

If you have a friend or loved one who is newly sober that you are shopping for this holiday, Aspire Counseling Service has some great ideas to help you. The key to supporting someone who is newly sober is to do just that, be supportive. Encourage them...

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How To Navigate Holiday Parties

How To Navigate Holiday Parties

The holidays can be a very happy time of year but can also be extremely stressful. Many look forward to the holiday socializing with friends and family, some whom they may not have seen in quite a while. However, for some, family dynamics can be challenging...

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