Battling Cancer with Lessons Learned in Recovery
Life is full of surprises. Living years of my life in addiction and the past five years in recovery has taught me to always expect the unexpected. You don’t know what’s waiting for you just beyond the horizon, so you have to learn to accept what comes. Living in the moment is more important to me now than ever before. On August 12th this year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My doctor/surgeon had not expected this, so it came as a surprise to all of us. Initially, I was just in shock. I didn’t know how to feel. But as I began to process the reality of my diagnosis, it started to dawn on me that it was not that different from what I faced while I was struggling with my active addiction. I was again thrown into battle with a disease I could not control.
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Social Media, Stress, and Substances
A recent article in the New York Times, Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection , discussed the increased suicide rate among teens and young adults. The piece outlined many contributing factors, including pressure and over-involvement from parents, the high demands of course work, and low self-worth. As a social media strategist working at a leading behavioral health and addiction treatment center, one of the things that stood out to me is the correlation between mental health and social media.
Giving Tuesday 2015
For Giving Tuesday, we asked you to submit uplifting messages to those suffering from mental health disorders and encourage those who are too afraid to seek help. Here all the messages we've received so far.
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Caron Philadelphia Hosts 16th Annual Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence Gala to Benefit Patient Scholarships
Caron Philadelphia honored Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, with the Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence at its 16th annual gala on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
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Caron Treatment Centers Recognized at Hope for Depression Research Foundation's Luncheon
Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), the leading non-profit dedicated to advanced depression research, will hold its Ninth Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar, focused on the topic "Alcoholism and Depression: Dual Diagnosis, Dual Treatment," on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.