When the Transition House was established in 1993 in St. Cloud, Florida, we began as a halfway house, providing substance abuse treatment and transitional housing for men. Our goal was to assist homeless men with alcohol or drug abuse diagnoses, and to prepare them for their return to society as productive and self-sustaining members of the community.
There’s a fine line between recreational use and substance dependency. Young adults are so often tempted with recreational substance use, especially in their college years. What begins as ‘innocent’ experimentation can turn into a dangerous substance dependency. So what exactly is substance dependency, and how can you recognize it in your loved ones?
Topics: Substance Abuse
Every family has some secrets, but when does secrecy affect our family relationships? Keeping a family secret from outsiders shouldn’t be confused with secrets kept between family members. Keeping secrets among members of the family can take a significant impact on the mental health of everyone involved. We’re discussing how secrets affect your mental (and physcial) health and why you should break the cycle of secrets and stop sweeping issues under the rug.
Topics: family counseling
It’s easy to fixate on our flaws and even obsess over them. When does this self-consciousness become an issue, though? Those suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) focus on and obsess over these flaws to a point where it interferes with their daily life. According to WebMD, people who have body dysmorphia “can't control their negative thoughts and don't believe people who tell them that they look fine. Their thoughts may cause severe emotional distress and interfere with their daily functioning." It’s not uncommon for them to isolate themselves, or miss work or social events in fear that others will notice their flaws. In some cases, individuals may even undergo unnecessary plastic surgeries to correct perceived imperfections, never finding satisfaction with the results.
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things we experience in life. Grief is a journey not everyone understands or has experienced. The best of intentions can backfire when giving condolences to a person who has recently lost someone they love. Loss is something that is tricky to navigate, so we’ve put together a list of helpful and safe phrases that you can offer to someone who has lost a loved one...
Surely you'll be spending time with loved ones during the holidays – eating, drinking, and being merry. It’s all part of the holiday season, right? For some, the holidays can be a season of exceptionally tempting circumstances. It seems that every holiday party is surrounded by alcohol. When you are newly sober, your first holiday season can be an extremely stressful time. Family dynamics, old friends and added social pressures can cause even the strongest person to relapse. To help you during this crucial time, we’ve put together a few tips to ensure that you come out of the holiday season with your sobriety intact.
Topics: Substance Abuse
Chances are someone you love suffers from anxiety. Whether that anxiety is crippling or minor, anxiety disorders can wreak havoc on the lives of those who are affected by them. Often times, that includes family members or loved ones. The best way to break the cycle of severe anxiety is be supportive of your loved one and listen to his/her needs. We’ve put together a few tips on being a partner to someone who is suffering from severe anxiety.
Every marriage goes through rough patches, but when do these rough patches start to negatively affect those around you, including your own children? Whether you may realize it, children watch their parents all the time. They learn many behaviors from observing their parents' behaviors. Children can be affected by marital conflict in various ways.
It’s that time of year when we count our blessings and make sure to give back to those in need. At The Transition House, we are never short of individuals who give their valuable time and resources to our clients. For the second year in a row, Axiom Bank will bring their financial expertise and a Thanksgiving meal to the residents of The Transition House in St. Cloud.
Whether you or a loved one is suffering from a substance abuse problem, the decision to get help is a difficult one to make. Deciding where to get that help is even harder. Programs that are specifically designed for substance abuse treatment are common, but how do you know which program is right for you? We’ve put together a few tips to help you in this important decision-making process. Here are three things to consider in your search for in a residential rehabilitation program in Orlando.