Mental-Health

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Everyone has mental health, even those who don’t have mental health disorders. It is a broad term to refer to how we think, feel, and relate to others. Mental health can change over time, and a person can experience poor mental health without having a mental…

Winter

Winter in Recovery

For some people, winter can be a hard time in recovery. Besides the holidays—which can be stressful—the days getting shorter and darker can be hard. Everything about winter feels slower, so finding motivation to make changes can be a challenge. However, there are a lot of benefits to getting—or just being—sober in the winter. While…

Social-Skills

What is Social Skills Training?

Social skills training is a type of therapy that helps people with mental health and developmental disorders improve social functioning. It helps them build communication and listening skills, as well as work through anxiety about social interactions. In social skills training, the therapist will ask you which social situations you find most challenging, and which…

Alcohol and Depression

What are the Links Between Depression and Alcohol Use?

Alcohol use disorder and depression often co-occur. People who are struggling with symptoms of depression may use alcohol to self-medicate. Then, chronic alcohol use can cause or exacerbate symptoms of depression. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, meaning it slows your system down and reduces stimulation. It interacts with—and throws off the balance of—various…