Category - Addiction

Start the Conversations to Change the Way Mental Health is Viewed: Mental Health Awareness Month

Kathy Rohr, Director of Adult Programs, Wisconsin During the month of May, people and organizations across the country are bringing awareness to mental health. As one of the primary providers of mental health services in our area, Family & Children’s Center wants to recognize this month and share some thoughts on how we can all work […]

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YOLO. Be Drug Free. Red Ribbon Week 2016

Michael Forsythe, LADC October 23 – 30, 2016 is Red Ribbon Week. Sponsored by National Family Partnership, it is a week dedicated to education about and prevention of substance abuse by teens. Though the economic cost cannot be accurately measured, substance abuse by adolescents and young adults has a serious impact on individuals, families, communities […]

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Physical Activity and Mental Health Benefits

  Brittany Thomas, MS, MSW, LICSW, Outpatient Counseling People are impacted differently by life stressors and may have significant differences in how each symptom is presented. If a mental illness is present, there are several forms of mental health treatment that can be beneficial. Often mental health professionals and providers will make recommendations for treatment […]

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Mental Health Matters

Kathy Rohr, Coordinator of Community Support Programs, Family & Children’s Center In 1990, the United States Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the need to raise awareness about this topic. It has been celebrated every year since, with activities large and small and involvement by […]

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Suicide Awareness in the La Crosse Community

Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, GCDF, Professional Counselor The 10th Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Event will be held Tuesday evening on September 15th from 6pm-7:30 at Riverside Park in La  Crosse. It is free and open to the public. The purpose of the event is in the title; it is to cultivate awareness about this very […]

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Teen Substance Use

Phillip Huerta, Chemical Dependency Counselor for Youth ACT in Winona What comes to mind when you read the words “teens” and “drugs”?  What are they doing? What are they using? This is not a new concern, but an increasing one. Teen’s environment and attitudes play a role in their substance abuse along with the current […]

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Mental Health First Aid

Craig Putz, MHFA Instructor Over the past several months, mental illness has come into the spotlight more and more as we hear countless stories in the media about people who have attempted or completed suicide. The story that seemed to have brought it first to light was the passing of Robin Williams, a long time […]

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Substance Use Disorders: A Complex Brain Disease

Melony Hansen, MA, CSW, CSAC, IDP-IT, Substance Abuse Counselor at Family & Children’s Center According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual […]

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Alcoholism

In a state known for making great beer and hosting some of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the country, some people have a hard time understanding what constitutes alcoholism, especially when they’re trying to discern it in someone they love. Many are surprised to learn that alcoholism is less about how much a person drinks […]

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Teen Alcohol Risks Linked to Parents’ Use

A study recently verified what many already suspected: Parental drinking boosts teen alcohol risks. But it also showed that it’s not all about the example. Published last month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, the study analyzed teen alcohol use and intoxication relative to parents and found that as parents drink more, their […]

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