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Adult Child of Alcoholic

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Adults whose childhood environment involved living with an alcoholic may continue to experience problems unless they make some life changes. Adult children of alcoholics need to accept the fact that their parent’s alcohol abuse negatively affected not only their childhood, but also their adult years. Many adult children of alcoholics might admit that they lived in a chaotic home, but argue that it no longer affects them. This is rarely true.

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Alcohol Abuse + Alcoholism

Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 14 million people in the United States—1 in every 13 adults—abuse alcohol or are alcoholic. However, more men than women are alcohol dependent or experience alcohol-related problems. Rates of alcohol problems are highest among young adults ages 18-29, and lowest among adults 65 years and older. Among major U.S. ethnic groups, rates of alcoholism and alcoholism problems vary.

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Anger Management

Anger Management

Everyone gets angry. Anger is a normal emotion that everyone experiences at one time or another. Damage to personal relationships is one of the most common costs of anger. In moments of anger we have said things which have harmed others, done things destructive to ourselves or our possessions, and at times, made ourselves physically ill. Anger can ruin work relationships and limit your success.

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Balancing Work + Family

Balancing Work and Family

Often, the pressures of family life and work responsibilities conflict, creating anxiety and/or stress for the working adult. Finding a way to gain some control, can help us reduce stress caused by such conflicts. You can take more control of this situation by becoming more attuned to the duties and responsibilities associated with your work and family life. Would you say you are “Balancing” all these responsibilities, or merely “Juggling” them?

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Children + Divorce

Children and Divorce

Divorce is a painful process for all those involved, parents and children alike. During this very stressful process, children’s needs, feelings and concerns sometimes take a backseat to their parents’ anger and emotional trauma. Parents must realize that they are still the most important people in their children’s lives and that the divorce has at least as much impact on the children as the parents. Parents’ ongoing commitment to the children’s well-being is vital.

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Creating Healthy Boundaries

Creating Healthy Personal and
Professional Boundaries

Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The purpose of having boundaries is to protect and take care of ourselves. A boundary or limit is how far we can go with comfort in a relationship. It delineates where I and my physical and psychological space end and where you and yours begins. Healthy boundaries are not set by others, are not hurtful or harmful, and are not controlling or manipulating.

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Civility in the Workplace

Civility in the Workplace

What is civility? And, how do we practice it among friends and family, and in the workplace? Being civil means applying The Golden Rule of treating others as you would like to be treated. It means being constantly aware of others and weaving restraint, respect, and consideration into the very fabric of that awareness. Thus, the basis for civility is the demonstration of respect, using courtesy, politeness, and good manners. Put into action and behavior, civility involves...

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Coping with Grief + Loss

Coping with Grief and Loss

Loss is a natural, if very painful, part of the process of living. Everyone experiences it. Some losses are more painful than others: loss through the death of a loved one, loss through divorce, loss of a job, loss of friends because of a move or retirement. Loss brings with it another natural and very human response—grief. Like resting when we are tired or drinking when we are thirsty, grieving is a normal, necessary, and natural part of staying healthy.

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Depression

Depression

Life is full of good times and bad, happiness and sorrow. But if you’ve been feeling “down” for more than a few weeks or are having difficulty functioning in daily life, you may be experiencing more than just the “blues.” You may be suffering from a common, yet serious medical illness called clinical depression. The good news is clinical depression is highly treatable. Most people with depression, however, do not seek the professional help they need...

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Fostering Your Child's Self Esteem

Fostering Your Child's Self-Esteem

As a parent, we want our children to be happy and confident. To do this, parents need to treat their children in a way that makes them feel loved, capable and successful. We can help our children in achieving these goals by incorporating positive parent-child communication techniques into the interactions we have with them. The following techniques will support your child in developing a higher self-esteem, while building a closer relationship with them.

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Healthy Living

Healthy Living

There are many simple things that we can do each day to improve the quality of our lives. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, and taking time for ourselves are a few of the basics. While many of us know what this entails, practicing it is a different story. Often times it feels like too much work to make changes to our daily routine. Other times we implement changes but end up reverting to older, more familiar behavior, sometimes without even realizing it.

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Improving Family Relations

Improving Family Relations

Families come in many different combinations: Single, mixed, multi-racial/ cultural, one parent income, two parent income, the father or mother is a homemaker and many other combinations. No matter how a family is put together, a healthy, strong family is what we strive for. So what is a healthy family?

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Improving Self Esteem

Improving Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is how we value ourselves; it’s how we perceive our worth to the world and how valuable we think we are to others. Self-esteem affects our trust in others, our relationships, our work – nearly every part of our lives. Positive self-esteem gives us the strength and flexibility to take charge of our lives and grow from our mistakes without the fear of rejection. Following are some outward signs of positive selfesteem...

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Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence--
How the Workplace Can Help

Intimate partner violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. More than 1 in 3 Americans has witnessed an incident of intimate partner violence. While over 90 percent of all victims of intimate partner violence are women, men are also victims both in same sex and heterosexual relationships.

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Lesbian - Gay

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Issues

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and questioning individuals face unique challenges in the workplace. In addition to their personal life issues of identity, coming out, developing healthy relationships, socializing, and managing family dynamics, LGBT employees may face certain standards of privacy and professionalism that do not apply to the heterosexual working population.

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Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

We smoke when we are stressed, bored, or angry. We light up when we drink coffee, or alcohol, talk on the phone or read the morning paper, watch TV, or drive, finish a meal or are around other smokers. After months and years of smoking, it is part of the daily routine. To quit may be the hardest thing we ever do, because it can be such a big part of our life.

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Stress

Stress

Everyone experiences stress. It is a natural reaction that most people experience at one time or another… it’s part of being human. Everyday pressures of work and home can leave us feeling mentally and physically exhausted. Not all stress is bad, though. Some stress motivates us to work harder or be more creative. But too much stress can be harmful. However, we can develop ways to cope with stress or make attempts in our lives to manage it.

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Support in Crisis + Disaster

Supporting Each Other
in Times of Crisis or Disaster

Disasters or crises are highly distressing to almost anyone, may involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, and can cause people to respond with intense fear or helplessness. These events can take many forms. Earthquakes, fires, serious accidents, epidemics, acts of violence, and even mass layoffs are commonly perceived as traumatic, and can cause a wide range of emotional and physical reactions.

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Work-Life Balance

Work / Life Balance

Sometimes it’s hard to learn to care for ourselves as much as we care for others. And often we tend to view other people’s needs as more important than our own. Balancing the time you spend on others, with personal time for yourself can help you become happier and more productive. So think for a moment, how well do you take care of yourself: physically; emotionally; spiritually; mentally.

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