Experiential Exploration of Trauma via Timeline

At the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, trauma is described as anything less than nurturing. This definition allows for all traumas, big or small, to be acknowledged and honored. In doing so, the client’s protective defense mechanisms such as denial, rationalization or minimization are explored and challenged so that healing can finally take place. Types…

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label: What Does This Mean for You?

If you haven’t already noticed, you will likely start to see some significant changes to how your food is packaged and sold. Rolling out Obama-era policies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring food makers to implement a new Nutrition Facts label, which will include the following information and updates [1]: Increasing the type…

Building Strength & Resilience Through Facing & Dealing With Life’s Problems

Resilient qualities are not only what we’re born with but also the strengths that we build through encountering life’s challenges and developing the personal and interpersonal skills to meet them. It is one of life’s paradoxes that the worst circumstances can bring the best out of us. According to the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) studies…

5 Signs You May Have An Addiction Problem — Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like It

Addiction comes in many forms. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Addiction looms over more people than you might realize. In 2016, the US surgeon general determined that one in seven Americans will face substance addiction— meaning they will become addicted to using a substance at some point in their lives. That statistic doesn’t account for those who…

Neurofeedback And Young Adults

The clinical professionals at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows understand the enormous complexity of how the human brain functions in young adults, aged 18-26. Addictions, psychological trauma, and certain mood disorders often surface during this time period in a person’s life and may be connected to the presence of a dysregulated…

The Role of Community in a Treatment Setting

Nothing is more important in life than the connections we make with others. In recovery, having a tribe of people you can count on when things are both good and bad, is imperative for all ages. For young adults, developmentally it is still their peers who have the strongest influence on them. This makes the…

Becoming Fearless with the Help of Al-Anon

By the Mother of a Past Claudia Black – Young Adult Drug Treatment PatientAs my daughter does her recovery work from drug and alcohol addiction and anxiety, I too work my recovery through Al-Anon. I won’t go into details of how my daughter and I both came to this point because I’m guessing many of…

Kid Cudi, Shame, and Depression

Hip-hop artist and actor Kid Cudi announced yesterday that he is currently receiving treatment for depression and suicidal thoughts. In a Facebook post he said, “It’s been difficult for me to find the words to what I’m about to share with you because I feel ashamed…” Shame and guilt are, unfortunately, emotions that often accompany…

College-Age Suicides Escalate

Untreated Depression Costs Lives Each new day brings rays of sunshine that invite life’s pleasures – the enticing scent of freshly brewed coffee; the warmth of embracing young children as they scurry off to school; or savoring simple bowls of delightful berries in all of its sweetness. Unfortunately, life’s splendors are no longer in reach…

11 Signs Your Young Adult May Need Help

By Ashley Chesky, MA, LAC and Patricia Plum, MSW, LMSW Do you sometimes feel that you no longer recognize the child that you raised? When you look at your young adult, do you find yourself asking,“Who is this person?” Do you feel “crazy,” “lost,” or “at your wits end?” Have you lost all hope? Maybe…