Thursday, August 27, 2015

2020 Mental and Substance Use Disorders will Surpass Physical Diseases

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a great website.   I was especially drawn to the page regarding prevention of substance abuse and mental illness. Here are some of the statistics they cite-“2.2 million youth aged 12 to 17 had a major depressive episode during the past year. In 2012, an estimated 23.1 million Americans aged 12 and over needed treatment for substance use.” And shockingly, “By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide.”

Symptoms of behavioral disorders are often manifested two to four years before a disorder is present. When we think that child is not “that bad” in regards to needing treatment, remember that early intervention will keep them from getting “that bad.”  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Learning about Sound and Music Therapy through WAAT-Marin

Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment- WAAT, ( is so informative and helpful in collaborating and finding resources for the clients we work with. Today, we learned about Sound Healing and Recovery by Music Therapist Anneli Virkhaus. We had the opportunity to move and breathe and release through the use of sound and music.

In WAAT, we have members that are: equine therapists, interventionists, MFT’s, sober living houses, treatment programs, etc. All committed to helping others regain their engagement and commitment to life. What a great group! Virginia Reiss and Miltner networks and resources constantly in order to provide our clients with an array of possibilities.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Collegiate Recovery Communities

California State University, Chico is known as a party school. But things are changing!
In the Summer 2015 issue of Recovery Campus, Sonia Buchanan writes about Chico State University receiving a grant that helps to begin to “lay the foundation for an established collegiate recovery community on campus.”
Colleges and Universities are taking action and opening up Collegiate Recovery Communities (CRC). Now students in recovery have support while going to college. There are more and more programs that can be found at the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE). 
We are experts in helping young adults create options! Call us! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Parents of Young Adults in the Home Support Group

We are starting a support group for Parents of Young Adults in the Home. This is an idea generating group to help parents of young adults that are not thriving. This is a group for Parents with "Failure to Launch" young adults still living in the home. Parents who have a desire for their young adults to become self-reliant. Reasons for Failure to Launch could be: inertia, substance use, mental health. This is a support and idea sharing group. For example-How to manage day to day living and ideas for encouraging forward movement for the young adult. Please RSVP to 415-461-4788. This is a no-fee group.
Two locations-
Tuesdays-1:30, 980 Magnolia Ave., Suite 8, Larkspur, CA
Wednesdays-1:30 1747 Oak Avenue, Davis, CA

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Gear Down for the Start of School!

Everything I have been reading about school starting soon has a list of “To do’s”!
This can be overwhelming for parents as they try to make sure everything is on track for a successful school year. So, it felt great to read this article, “The Upside of Downtime” in the Fall 2015 issue of ADDitude magazine. The author, Letitia Sweitzer, advocates for downtime. Giving kids time, space and the freedom to explore their own creativity. This helps with their confidence. Probably good advice for adults, too!

Virginia Reiss & Miltner helps parents of children with learning differences to find the resources and schools that are appropriate for your child. You don’t have to figure it out alone.