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Christopher Crosby has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs since 2004. As one of the original founders of The Watershed, Mr. Crosby has worked in addiction treatment for over 30 years. Originally trained as a nurse, he has worked in most clinical areas of treatment as a behavioral health technician, crisis intervention counselor, detoxification and psychiatric nurse, group psychotherapist, and interventionist. He transitioned from direct patient care into administration and business development over a decade ago.

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Urgent Mental Issues

Help your loved one heal after a suicide attempt by drug overdose
Here the advice surrounding the support of a loved one who has tried – or you think will try – to commit suicide. Remember to be supportive and watch the warning signs of suicidal behavior. Though...
Learn to heal and take back your life after a attempting suicide
This difficult chapter in one’s life is likely to be agonizingly stressful. Suicide attempts and all the factors leading up to it are traumatic. Having the courage to seek professional help, and cre...

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Drug Addiction

Is your teen abusing drugs?
Raising a child today is challenging. At times, it seems a desired goal for a parent is surviving adolescence with as few emotional scars as possible. Teenagers as a rule, are not open about sharing i...
Advice for teenagers to stay sober and never get addicted to drugs
The above tips of what to do and not to do are just a scratch on the surface to a complex issue regarding teen substance use and abuse. There are other factors that come in to the equation such as gen...
Help approaching your teen about drug use
Parents are presented a difficult task when addressing drug or alcohol use with their children. This is an awkward topic and most parents would rather avoid acknowledging the possibility their child m...
Eat these healthy foods to help your brain heal from drug abuse
To achieve optimal neural functioning and a positive mental state, the brain must correct dysfunctional wiring and replace depleted gray matter. This means paying attention to what you eat and designi...
How to make the most of addiction treatment
Addiction treatment is your opportunity to change your life for the better while learning new ways of coping with life’s setback and stresses. Treatment will provide you support during this difficul...
How to use addiction medicine to help you quit
Always remember that becoming sober is a long process. Don’t be afraid of the rocky road ahead of you. It’s definitely worth taking this road. For your family, career, friends… and life. As Mar...
Expert advice on getting through addiction as a family
Addiction is a disease that impacts the entire family. With patience, support and involvement in family therapy, recovery is possible for the individual and the family. In the end, family bonding and ...
Be successful in an outpatient treatment program for drug addiction
Addiction treatment programs should be individualized and tailored to give clients choices, resources, and support to take responsibility for addressing their medical and psychosocial needs.You can ge...
Students: Stop using smart drugs (Adderall) to get by in college
The life of a student is stressful and labor intensive. It is tempting to look for an aid that would make life simpler and give you an advantage for studying or a taking a test. Smart drugs are market...
Loved ones require your help during cocaine addiction treatment
Once an addict decides to enter into treatment, the journey is just starting. Recovery from cocaine is going to take some effort and adjustments. The treatment facility is a wonderful place to start w...
Hypnosis can eliminate unwanted and enhance desired behaviors
Quit your heroin addiction and get sober with the right treatment
Heroin abuse/addiction can take a devastating toll on individuals and others around them. The impact can be enormous. Recovery can be challenging, but not impossible. The road will be filled with obst...
How to overcome your prescription painkiller addiction
Whatever path you take to recovery from painkiller addiction, the most critical factors are your honest self-admission that it has become a serious problem in your life, the willingness to do WIT (Wha...
Quit xanax and learn natural ways to beat anxiety
Xanax addiction can be overcome. In order to safely separate yourself from this medication, please seek expert, medical support. Taper off the drug under the guidance of a physician. Be prepared for w...
Choose the best substance addiction treatment for you or loved one
Overcome your drug addiction and get clean with an inpatient treatment center
When you make the decision to pursue inpatient treatment, you and your family are facing a crisis and the events in your life, whether mental health or substance abuse related, have reached a critical...
Seek professional help at the first sign of cocaine addiction
Latest figures from the NIDA shows that nearly five million Americans are abusing cocaine or crack cocaine. It affects people from all walks of life, across all age groups, usually from the age of twe...
Stop using steroids and get back on track with a healthy and realistic workout
The temptation to use steroids is present for a lot athletes. Although nationwide, steroid use has leveled off since reaching it’s peak in 2005, it still surfaces in newspaper headlines. There are i...
Hypnotherapy can help you beat your addiction
There are many benefits to finding a compatible hypnotherapist. There are many devoted practitioners in most cities that are highly qualified. The experience is transformational and the results are pr...
Save your loved one from addiction by staging an intervention
Interventions save lives. If you are concerned about a family member or loved one who is not open to seeking help, then you should contact a professional intervention service. Do not wait for rock bot...
Be considerate when you approach a spouse on an addiction problem
Most addicts have unfinished business. Once some of the issues are resolved through counseling, one can live a productive life. A lot of addicts are dual-diagnosed and need to be on medication. It is ...
Sending your child to substance abuse treatment requires your full emotional support
Perhaps this article can help parents and caregivers feel a little more comfortable when selecting a substance abuse treatment service for your child or teenager, or young adult. Caring for your loved...
Are the pills in your medicine cabinet a gateway drug to heroin?
Vicodin, Percocet, oxycontin, and heroin are all in a continuum of opiate-like substances, and one of the milder versions of the drug may lead to progressively heavier use. If you have concerns about ...
Help choosing a substance abuse and mood disorder treatment center
Millions of people today struggle with mood disorders and addiction. Although outpatient therapy can prove very valuable, a higher level of care is sometimes required.Choosing a program that is right ...
Treat withdrawal and addiction to Vicodin and Oxycontin painkillers
An addiction to Vicodin and other common opiate painkillers can be a difficult things to cope with. But ensuring that you seek the help from your team of medical professionals, including psychiatrists...
Advice on how to recover from a drug or alcohol addiction relapse
Addiction to drugs and alcohol is widespread throughout our country. Fortunately, whether an individual is addicted to tequila, methamphetamines, or heroin—recovery is possible. Those who have previ...
Quit smoking marijuana to help strengthen your emotional state
Focusing on the issues that cause depression, anxiety, and emotional distress is considerably more productive and can have longer lasting effects than simply using marijuana. While it may be more pain...
How to talk to a loved one that is a drug addict about treatment
While this article discusses general principles related to talking to an addict, it does not constitute medical advice. You should always consult a medical professional and an addiction specialist pri...
Are you ready to get treatment for drug addiction?
Deciding that you’re ready to quit drugs and seek treatment may not be a realization that happens overnight. It may happen gradually and be difficult to accept, but if you’re considering getting h...
How to help your child when they get out of drug treatment
When your child comes back home from rehab, make sure they know that you love them and are there to support them. Establish boundaries and open communication, but don’t get wrapped up in guilt and b...
Stay sober and avoid relapsing after you get out of drug rehab
Coming home after drug rehab can be a wake up call, both for you and your loved ones. You may need to make new friends and cut out old ones, find new hobbies, and embark on a healthy lifestyle. It may...
Marijuana is a drug and is addictive; how to quit using it
Although marijuana has been legalized in a couple of states, by and large, it remains an illegal substance in most of our country. Therefore, we support anyone who decides to discontinue all use of th...

Tobacco Addiction

Successfully quit smoking by knowing what to expect in cessation
You can be successful in your bid to quit smoking. The keys are to be prepared and have a realistic view of the process of quitting. This change will improve your health and can be the first in a seri...
Nicotine gum can help you quit smoking and chewing tobacco
Used properly with an awareness of the potential for addiction, nicotine gum could be the quit strategy that finally frees you from nicotine dependence. Even if it takes multiple attempts, the payoff ...
Stop smoking cigarettes with help from hypnosis
Addiction is a moment in time, not a lifetime event. If you treat your addiction as a phase, you’ll be right. Your mindset is the ultimate determinant of your success. You were born without a cigare...
Convince yourself that now is the time to beat your nicotine addiction
To beat a nicotine addiction, you will need all the focus, motivation, and determination that you can muster. Take the time that you need to convince yourself that now is truly the time to quit. The s...
Nicotine patch can help you quit cigarettes and chewing tobacco
The nicotine patch is a useful tool in achieving what many people describe as one of the most difficult things they’ve ever done: quitting smoking. But the patch is just one tool. The real driver of...
Stop smoking cold turkey without using nicotine replacement therapy
You can quit smoking cold turkey. It will require a change of perspective. Prime yourself for a flash of clarity that will deliver a new point of view. It can give you all the focus, motivation, and c...
Meditation and quitting smoking: how nicotine hijacks your brain
Practicing mindfulness to help you break the habit of smoking
Let’s face it, it is not easy to be human. We have many pressures and stressors and life keeps changing. It is natural to seek a way to relax and balance ourselves as we face all of the demands of s...
Quit smoking and resist the cravings with a strategy that works
Quitting smoking is a process, not a single event. Once you make the decision to quit, cravings and triggers to use require you to make a series of ongoing decisions to “stay quit.” Many people sl...

Alcoholism

How to stop your drinking problem
There may be one journey to sobriety, but many roads for individuals faced with a drinking problem to take. The first leg of the journey is understanding what impact your drinking has had on your life...
Parenting advice to help your teen stay sober
Keeping your teen sober takes the right steps in response to the discovery of your teen’s first use of alcohol. Discovering your teen has drank is a critical time in parenting. It sets the tone to p...
Holistic treatment can help you beat drug and alcohol addiction
The holistic treatment approach involves treating the whole person - body, mind and spirit - to get to the underlying issues that are causing the addiction. Each person heals differently. Take the tim...
Help strengthen your chances of staying sober through recovery
The above advice contains a few tools that have helped others strengthen their recovery. Use them and expand upon them to meet your specific recovery needs. By applying these tools you will have suppo...
Help a loved one through alcohol treatment for a chance at recovery
Substance dependence is an insidious and cunning disease; it affects families on many levels. If your family member is seeking help to overcome an addiction and begin recovery, remember that it is a l...
Provide support to a spouse entering an alcohol treatment program
Ultimately, your spouse is going to make the final call as to whether they want to address their alcoholism. It is a challenging road for a non-using spouse. However, it is one of the most rewarding a...
Stay sober and beat your addiction with a few simple lifestyle changes
Staying sober in early recovery is hard to do. It may feel overwhelming, particularly if you are trying to do it by yourself. If you follow some common sense, it will be much easier. There is no need ...
Stay sober even after having a drug or alcohol relapse
A relapse is not the end of the road for those seeking recovery from substance abuse problems. In fact, since relapse is a common occurrence, it should be thought of as an opportunity to learn what ha...
How to stay sober during the holidays
If you have problems staying sober or are early on in the path to recovery, stay away from triggers during the holidays and help yourself to overcome the desire to drink or take drugs by following thi...
How to quit alcohol on your own and stay sober
While you can take independent steps to achieving sobriety, recovery is usually most successful when you accept help from others. Professional treatment can guide you and support you through recovery....
Learn how to be around alcohol without relapsing
In an ideal world, recovering alcoholics would be able to avoid alcohol in all forms after treatment. The reality is, you may find yourself in a situation where alcohol is present, whether or not you ...
After a relapse get back to recovery and staying sober
Relapse happens, but it’s not a sign of failure. You can overcome relapse by examining the situation and committing to your sobriety. Recovery takes time, and there will be unexpected challenges alo...
How medicine and therapy can help alcohol cravings and withdrawal
Treatment for alcoholism has evolved throughout the years—especially with the advent of the several FDA-approved medications designed to detox, decrease cravings, and improve compliance. Dozens of m...

Caring for Teens and Adults with Disabilities

Teens with special needs must prep for transition to adulthood
It is important to give teens the tools, strategies and confidence they need to learn about their disability, learning style and strengths. This is necessary so they can develop their self- awareness,...
Achieving inclusion for college students with special needs
Every student--with and without disability labels--deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education. We must move away from the subtle and not-so-subtle discouragement that prevents students with s...
Caring for an aging sibling with disabilities entails teamwork
As your loved one with disabilities ages, the challenges can be daunting. By planning ahead and working with family members and professionals, you will find that you are not alone, and the journey can...
Negotiating adulthood as a teen or young adult with disabilities
It is vital to create a strong vision and transition plan for young adults with disabilities. Approach this vision and plan with creativity, flexibility and commitment. Instant messaging, getting a dr...
Tailoring sex education to teens and adults on the autism spectrum
When kids with ASD start to get older, parents panic. While they used to want their kids to do the same things as their peers, suddenly they no longer want them doing what the “normal” kids are do...
Supporting postsecondary success for teens with learning differences
Embarking on a postsecondary pursuit can be an intimidating venture--for both the student and the parent. Students with learning differences will continue to require support through their postsecondar...
Students with disabilities must plan for postsecondary education
Detailed planning for entrance into postsecondary education is vital for the success of students with ID. Start early and be sure to include high school coursework, which is necessary for entrance int...
Building connections and community for teens with disabilities
As parents raising children with special needs, you can do this. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, get some rest and do some fun things just for you. Who knows? You may meet someone in your yog...
Recreation can help teens with needs transition to community life
For individuals with disabilities, collaboration is the key to success when it comes to transitioning from school to community life. Focus your efforts on developing appropriate social, interpersonal ...
Helping teens with autism spectrum disorder prepare for college
Planning for college is an exciting time. While it can be stressful for any student, it is particularly challenging for students with disabilities. There are many things that can be done well in advan...
Teach kids with social learning challenges to become independent
Being social is an everywhere skill. Whether the setting is at home, at school or in the community, we are constantly using our social sense to figure out how to be around others. Some of us excel at ...
Preparing teens with special needs and learning issues for college
Transitioning a high-functioning child with ASD or other neurologically-based learning disabilities is a long process that does not occur overnight. Working on independent living skills pays off in th...
Making college a reality for youth with intellectual disabilities
Young adults with intellectual disabilities have more college options open to them than ever before. And just like their peers without disabilities, they should start early in preparing for these oppo...
Sexuality education is vital for teens with intellectual disabilities
Because sexuality education is a very important subject for special education students, parents must advocate for a meaningful program in their local school district. A teen or young adult with a disa...
How can individuals with disabilities seek and pursue employment?
Everyone who wants to work can do so--no matter how significant a person’s disability-related employment barrier may be. Supported employment and customized employment technologies often hold the ke...
Help teens on the autism spectrum to navigate social relations
The teenage years are a tough time in the life of teens and their parents. Even though they are looking to be more independent, they still need guidance. Just because their chronological age is that o...
Person-directed planning can empower individuals with autism
In spite of the communication, social and consistency challenges that some individuals with autism spectrum disorder present, many on the autism spectrum are able to partake in a planning process that...
Explore postsecondary options for students with learning differences
At first glance, the college search process can appear overwhelming. However, it can be a very enlightening time for both students and parents. Particularly for students with learning differences, tak...
How can parents help youth with special needs to become adults?
The parents of kids with special needs are tough heroes who climb uphill every day in honor of their kids and their rights. And the parents who are able to let others in and let their kids truly grow ...

DUI and DWI

17 Questions to ask yourself after being arrested for a DUI
Calculate your blood alcohol content for a DUI
Don't let a DUI ruin your life
Being charged with a DUI can be an emotional and stressful event that will take time and money to address. If charged, you need to act quickly and hire a qualified and experienced DUI lawyer. You or y...
Drunk driving terminology by state
Contact the DMV immediately when charged with a DUI
Understanding a DUI defense in a court trial
Protect yourself with a good DUI lawyer
Tests used to determine if you are driving drunk
Advice on refusing DUI field sobriety tests and knowing your rights
Majority of motorists are not fully aware of the legal provisions and implications surrounding DUIs or DWIs. Contrary to Miranda Rights where officers are mandated to inform an apprehended offender of...
Advice when you fail the field sobriety test and are charged with DUI
If you find yourself confronted by an officer for a possible DUI, don’t dig a bigger hole of fines and penalties by not knowing your rights as a motorist. Familiarize yourself with the sobriety test...

Children's Health

You can survive the NICU
Your infant’s time in the NICU can very stressful. But there are a few things you can do to manage the stress and become more confident as a parent. By actively participating in your infant’s c...
Acupressure is a wonderful, gentle remedy for your child’s ailments
There is nothing esoteric or complicated about practicing acupressure on your children. Anyone can do it with some simple instruction and then it is literally in your hands for whenever it is needed. ...
Teach your children about healthy nutrition and wise choices
Life is all about choices. Some are easy and yield immediate reward, others are more difficult and the benefit is not seen for some time. Making healthy life choices may at first seem difficult for ou...
An acupuncturist can help treat your child's health conditions
If you are struggling with your children’s health issues, be it constipation, cough, teething pain or sleep issues, consider acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a possible alternative treatment. A v...
Ensure the top level of care for your baby’s eye health
Your baby is the most important thing in your life; you constantly worry about your baby's well being; you never let your guard down. You naturally want the best for your baby's health and for your ba...
Parents guide on how to prevent hearing loss in your children
Hearing loss caused by noise can be caused by overexposure to any loud sounds such as fireworks, power tools, machinery, motorcycles, sporting events, gunfire and music. The risk of hearing damage dep...
Maintain your child’s vision and eye health to optimize learning
The bottom line is to make sure that kids have complete eye exams regularly to assure that they are seeing the way that are supposed to be seeing. Remember, they think everyone sees the way they thems...
Prevent childhood obesity by making healthier food choices
Childhood obesity can be prevented and even reversed if the family is willing to commit to living a healthy lifestyle incorporating eating nutritious foods as well as exercising. It is a win-win situa...
Battle obesity in children by fostering an active family lifestyle
A fit and active lifestyle is an important part of maintaining overall health. By encouraging healthy habits at a young age, parents can help children improve academic performance, build self-confiden...
Encourage mental health in children with a psychological evaluation
Doing what you can as a parent to ensure your child’s mental health is essential in helping them develop into a well-rounded adult. Heed this advice to help you understand and choose a doctor to und...
Protect your baby during the winter: Know the facts about RSV
Speak to your child’s pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so, what additional steps may be recommended. For more information about the risk factors for RSV...
Cord blood banking can help your children stay healthy
Getting your child interested in sports will help prevent obesity
Kids who participate in sports are more likely to adopt healthy habits, succeed academically, and have higher self-esteem and self-confidence. They also learn skills like group goal setting and teamwo...
Know the warnings signs and symptoms of depression in your child
Symptoms of depression in children can differ from the symptoms associated with depression in adults. It is important to consult with a licensed mental health professional, like a counselor or psychol...
Cooking healthy foods for picky eaters to help them eat healthier
The process of developing a child’s culinary palette takes time and effort, but most children really enjoy variety and the process of exploring food options. If you present cooking well and clean as...
Be proactive when getting your child treatment for scoliosis
Raising awareness of this condition is important so parents know what signs to look for and what to ask their doctors. Early diagnosis is imperative to ensure your child gets treatment right away. Tak...
Why rewarding children with sugar or treats is a big mistake
Rewards are offered with the best of intentions. No one means any harm when giving a piece of candy to a child as praise for a job well done; they believe they are acknowledging their success. Unfortu...

Raising Teens

Help your teenager cope with their anger management problem
When a person expresses their anger, that is a normal human emotion. To expect people not to get angry is not realistic (unless you have a lobotomy). It is how we present our anger that is important. ...
Viewing your teen as a developing adult can improve your relationship
Your teenager needs your love and support to succeed. Work to see your teen as a developing adult, who can be frustrating, and whose actions can be alarming. Try to treasure the child you have and to ...
Raising preteens and laying a positive foundation for the future
The preteen years can be incredibly fun and enriching for parents and children. However, you must rethink your parenting style from when your children were younger. Be sure to enjoy their energy and e...
Support your teen's academic success and healthy development
Support your teens in their academic pursuits in practical ways, such as leaving time for homework, as well as in emotional ways, such as empathizing with challenges and talking through possible appro...
Helping your teen navigate the college admissions process
The college search and admissions process is a complicated one, and it is natural for parents to want to help their children through it. By following these tips, you can make the process less stressfu...
Independent college consultants can help teens apply to college
Given the lack of college counseling in many of our nation’s high schools, it is completely understandable why families are relying more on independent college consultants. By following the advice i...
Teach your teenager how to avoid substance abuse
Hopefully this article has made it a little easier for you as a parent to understand how to better prevent your child from developing a substance addiction as they grow older. Raising a child can be o...
Keep your teenage driver safe behind the wheel and on the road
When it comes to driving, teens are young and inexperienced. As a result, we expect them to have a few bumps in the road when learning such an important skill. Because this is the first legal responsi...
Learn the facts on teen driving safety
Raise a respectful, polite teen by setting appropriate boundaries
Parenting tweens and teens is tough. They are emotional, dramatic, egocentric and strong in their beliefs. But they are also watching, listening and wanting a parent to parent them. Always keep in min...
Supporting your teenage daughter through the dating experience
The dating experience is full of joy and heartbreak. It is vital to be supportive and encouraging, while also setting boundaries and limits. Remember to help educate your daughter about her body and h...
Improve your teen parenting by understanding the teenage years
When raising teens, remember that children of all ages, including teenagers—replete with raging hormones and drama—make us smile, energize us, frustrate us, annoy us, anger us, pull for others to ...
How do I relate to and communicate with my teenager?
Raising teens in today’s complex world can be quite challenging. The key to success is understanding your teenagers and their behavior, as well as learning to effectively communicate and connect....
Help and protect your teen who practices self-injury and cutting
If you have discovered that your child is self-harming, this is an extremely difficult time for the both of you. Please find professional help for them and for yourself. Cutting, burning, and otherwis...
Are there any signs of abuse in your teenager's relationship?
Teens must understand that healthy relationships are about feeling good and feeling safe. And they should never settle for less. Deciding whom to have a relationship with is one of the most precious g...
Effectively communicate with your teenager about substance abuse
Preventing drug use is an important part of parenting, which can be made easier through awareness, education and understanding. Active involvement in communication and teaching by example are effectiv...
What's the best way for parents to discuss sexuality with boys?
Sexuality is a complex topic that deserves lots of conversation and parental input. For the vast majority of teens and adults, dating, romance, and sexuality form a central part of their identity and ...
Teen sexting: What all parents need to know
With the advent of many new picture/video sharing apps, it’s easier than ever to share with friends, family - and even strangers - across the globe. While picture/video sharing can be a wonderful wa...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in teenagers
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Help teens build resiliency, improve coping skills and ease stress
Although parents can feel helpless when they see teens suffering from stress, we have the power to greatly reduce their pressures and promote their resiliency. Knowing how chronic stress undermines su...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in your teen
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Parenting your rebellious teen and encouraging healthy independence
It is a challenging time for the both of you. Your teen is trying to be an individual and may be struggling with low self-esteem, peer pressure, anxiety and depression and you are struggling with thei...
Get a plan and the tools to communicate with your college freshman
Undoubtedly, freshman year is extremely challenging for most families. However, if you keep the communication channels open, the process can be a little less painful and far less stressful—for the e...
Teach your teens to recognize the dangers of distracted driving
There are only two types of distracted drivers: Those who already have caused harm and those who will. Safe drivers are different from lucky drivers. The good news is that distracted driving is preven...
How can you help your child sustain long-term addiction recovery?
Addiction is a disease, and recovery is a process that can be navigated successfully. Like all teenagers, youth with a substance use disorder, who are in recovery, still need structure, reinforcers, c...
How should you talk to your teenage daughter about dating violence?
Make the conscientious decision to discuss dating violence with your daughter as early as possible. By having these conversations with your daughter, she will become educated about what dating violenc...
Parents must create an addiction prevention family plan for teens
Addiction and substance use/abuse is a complex problem. There are no definite rules on how to deal with it in the home. It intersects both biology and behavior, and is one of the most debilitating and...

Health Insurance

Manage your health savings account
When managing your HSA, you should always keep in mind the fine print. In particular, it is important to be aware of your deductible, your maximum out of pocket payment, and your annual contribution l...
Selecting disability income insurance
Income protection is important because your income is important. Your ability to earn an income is the basis for your standard of living, your financial goals and your retirement savings. Look at it t...
Why you need travel insurance for your trip
Good travel insurance coverage shouldn’t cost you a fortune. In fact, you should expect to budget no more than an additional 7 to 8 percent of the cost of y...
Purchasing travel medical insurance
Travel medical insurance is an integral part of your next international vacation. Make sure you go over plans carefully and ensure that you are getting the best deal and coverage for your specific tra...
Dealing with a family member's long-term care insurance
In reality, long-term care insurance policies are expensive but we can’t disregard the fact that they are very valuable. Getting one for yourself or for a loved one ensures that the beneficiary will...
Considering a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?
FSAs or Flexible Spending Accounts offer a valid and easy vehicle to utilize pre-tax dollars and achieve significant tax savings for common eligible expenses. Given the wide array of eligible expenses...
No longer covered by your parents’ health insurance?
Since the late 1970’s, we have been conditioned that health care should be free or almost free. Consumer’s wanted low-co-pays and low premiums. With the advent of an amazing amount of medical adva...
Buy travel medical insurance for a safe study-abroad experience
As you can see, travel medical insurance is an integral part of your next trip to study abroad. Just as important as broadening your educational horizons, so to is making sure your health and wellness...
Best pet insurance policy to protect your cat or dog and budget
For many of us, dogs and cats are not just pets – they’re members of the family. While every parent wants to provide their pets with the best care possible, sometimes the high costs can force you ...
Long term care insurance ensures you're covered for medical costs
Following this suggested advice should give you a good idea of what the costs are and which long term care option works best for your particular situation. Every person has different needs, but it is ...
Know how to navigate the Affordable Care Act to get the best coverage
The ACA aims to transform the U.S. healthcare system, and has already expanded coverage of young adults, eliminated lifetime limits on what insurance will cover, lowered the cost of drugs for seniors ...
Recent college grads should understand their health care options
Young, health Americans make up a large percentage of America’s uninsured. In fact, 16 million young adults are uninsured in the U.S. Under the Affordable Care Act, 82% of them will qualify for fede...
Prepare for higher medical costs during senior and retirement years
Heathcare could bankrupt this country as it has millions of Americans. There is still no real assurance that you can avoid a catastrophe if something unexpected happens. But if you do the best to prep...
Plan ahead for Alzheimer's and obtain long-term health insurance
Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that is on the rise as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age. It behooves Americans to prepare for this disease by making sure the proper insurance ...
Advice for women on getting long-term care insurance
Long-term care insurance is an important part of an overall financial plan, especially for women. By doing a bit of homework, you can be prepared and put a plan in place to cover any future long-term ...
Health and disability insurance can protect you when playing baseball
You may not think of disability insurance as a necessity for your career but disabling sports injuries seem to be happening with increasing frequency. The benefits from this insurance will keep you an...
How to get the right health insurance coverage for you and your family
Health insurance and the cost of medical care can be intimidating, but there are creative ways to save money within the system. To learn more about your health insurance options and what the health re...
Protect your family's financial security with the right insurance
Insurance has become an important part of life, as it should be. The likelihood of disability or a significant injury increases every year, not to mention disasters that can destroy your home in a spl...
Determine your need to buy a long-term care insurance policy
Not everyone needs a long-term care insurance policy but it always pays to be well informed. Get in touch with your insurance agent or a trusted expert to talk to you about your current insurance need...
Think ahead when purchasing a long-term care insurance policy
Many states offer a list of websites and companies you can go to with questions regarding a LTC insurance policy. By taking the time now to decide on your long-term care, the more stability and comfor...
How to apply and receive veteran's benefits and services
Many veterans are eligible for benefits and services as a result of their military service. Although the process can be frustrating, there are a lot of options that can help you work through it to rec...
How to mitigate and avoid the denial of a health insurance claim
When a health insurance claim is denied or delayed, it only adds to the existing problems for customers. That is why it is so important to know what your policy covers and the steps you can take to he...
Understand the financial benefits of voluntary insurance
If you were to become disabled or ill for a long time, hopefully you and your family would be taken care of. However, if you're uncertain of your financial situation, now is the time to cover that ris...
Advice to recent college graduates on buying necessary insurance
These are not the only insurance policies out there. Have someone guide you through which policies are the most important for you to have upon graduation and save the others for when you have the stab...

Education Law

How to get special education services at school for your child
Don't give up! Getting the best special education services for your child can be frustrating, and at times progress towards that goal can be maddeningly slow.  Understand, however, that you have opti...
Managing your child’s special education documents and records
It is critical to organize and save your child's special education records. Documents and records track events as they happen and help you tell your child's story accurately. Additionally, documents c...
Students benefit when schools and families have positive relationships
Families of students with disabilities and school districts frequently have long and extensive relationships with each other. Taking the time for careful, honest, and timely communications and interac...

Bipolar Disorder

Pediatric bipolar disorder and ADHD: differences and getting help
Accurate differential diagnosis between PBD and ADHD is essential and should include a thorough diagnostic protocol. Misdiagnosis of ADHD in a truly PBD child can have severe adverse consequences....
Advice for getting treatment for bipolar disorder
When you have bipolar disorder, you can still live a healthy and productive life. But only if you get therapy and medication. Mood swings do not have to run your life, and they can be controlled with ...
Find a balanced treatment plan when diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Bipolar illness is a chronic, lifelong illness that requires medical attention. By finding a balanced treatment regimen including medication, social support, talk therapy, exercise and/or alternative ...
Use acupuncture to help alleviate symptoms of bipolar disorder
Acupuncture has been proven in clinical trials to help with moderating the neurochemistry of the brain. Long-term benefits include greatly reduced frequency and severity of mood swings. Acupuncture ca...
If you think you have bipolar disorder, now is the time to get help
It was formerly called manic depression; today, it is called bipolar disorder. This mental disease is characterized by episodes of mania, which is an elevated or agitated mood, followed by episodes of...
Have a healthy relationship with someone who has bipolar disorder
Having a loved one who has bipolar can be challenging. Follow these tips above to help you learn what to do and what not to do to take care of them and take care of yourself....

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Advice for helping your teenager overcome OCD
Helping your teenager with OCD can be challenging. Your child needs your support and encouragement. Working with the therapist, encouraging them to improve, and being patient are the best intervention...
To help you treat OCD, you need to develop mental strength
OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a common form of anxiety. It includes the repetition of unwanted thoughts and unwanted rituals. Treatment involves changing your thoughts, acknowledging and fac...
Advice for spouses and partners with obsessive compulsive disorder
OCD is a relatively common psychiatric disorder, affecting about 1/40 individuals. It is characterized by repetitive, intrusive thoughts and behaviors aimed at reducing the impact of these negative ru...
Reach out for support to help manage symptoms of postpartum OCD
PPOCD can be scary, and it’s very real. The thoughts and obsessions can make you fear you are going crazy. However, you are not alone, and should not feel ashamed. Reach out for support!...
Teens - Don't be afraid to ask for help with OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) consists of obsessions, compulsions, or both. Obsessions and compulsions interfere with life and cause strong feelings of distress. If you have symptoms of OCD, the...

Life Insurance

Selecting term life insurance
Life insurance is a product that has been helping to provide financial stability to families and their loved ones for decades, during challenging times of grieving and loss. This article has discussed...
Selecting whole life insurance when you're newly married
Whole life insurance can be the heart of a strong, full financial plan. Bought properly and structured appropriately, it can serve both the insured and their beneficiaries safely throughout their life...
Selecting whole life insurance
These guidelines will help in making one aware of a few aspects in selecting a whole life policy, but it is imperative that one seek proper financial counsel to ensure that one’s financial objective...
How to use life insurance to protect assets
This article is meant to be an introduction to the use of life insurance in a tactical and specific way. There are countless nuances in policy construction and features, as well as the individual need...
Understanding your Canadian permanent insurance options
Selecting Canada's Term-to-100 life insurance
Term-to-100 Insurance is a very simple product, and is one of the more affordable types of Permanent Insurance available. Although it is simple, care and proper planning must still go into selecting t...
Selecting Canada's whole life insurance
Permanent cash value whole life insurance can be a complicated product, but as long as it is structured properly and the right fit exists within your personal situation, it can prove to be a great add...
Selecting Canada's universal life insurance
Everyone wants to protect and give their family financial security in case of an unforeseen disaster. Life insurance is one of the most convenient methods to achieve this goal. But, which life insuran...
Shop online for term life insurance that is right for you
Many people find life insurance too complex, and they put off the decision of buying a policy. Let’s face it, who wants to think about their death? However, life insurance is the cornerstone of any ...
Protect your family in your 40's with right term life insurance
Without adequate life insurance to protect your dependents, they will surely be left behind to fend for themselves while facing the burden of certain financial hardship. Term life insurance is the lea...
Financially protect your family’s future with term life insurance
While life insurance is not a glamorous purchase that you can show off, it provides money for your family to carry on without you when it is needed most. It means your spouse is not working day and ni...
Between 20 and 25, protect your financial future and buy term life insurance
Term life insurance is the right product for a short term protection need. It also gives you significant coverage when wealth and cash flow do not allow a permanent insurance solution. However, in the...
Saving money is easy when you buy term life insurance in your 20s
Make sure your life insurance policy has a “convertibility” feature to give you options down the road. Always purchase your term insurance with the “Waiver of Premium” rider in the event of a ...
Buy term life insurance when you are young, married or have a baby
The best time to purchase a term policy is right after you are married and have some assets and definitely after the birth of a child. In deciding the dollar amount and time period for the policy, you...
How to get term life insurance with pre-existing health challenges
As society lives longer, insurance companies have become more apt to approve people that have a pre-existing health condition. Work with an experienced agent that has experience in impaired risk life ...
New parents: Understand whole life insurance before buying
Regardless of the type of life insurance you want to buy, the most important factor to consider is how much life insurance your family will need if the primary income earner were to die unexpectedly. ...
Read and understand the life insurance policy before you make a claim
For most people the life insurance they own at death can be their single largest estate asset. Making certain that the proceeds are paid correctly and to whom you want is critical for the successful t...
Advice on using permanent life insurance as an investment vehicle
Permanent life insurance is a self-completing accumulation vehicle used by those who understand how it fits into their overall financial goals for a lifetime full of changes and milestones. The level ...
Expert advice for getting a high risk life insurance policy
If you are looking for a life insurance policy but pose a higher risk than a standard adult, you’ll need to take a few extra steps to ensure you get the best coverage at the best possible rates. It ...
Options for life insurance when diagnosed with prostate cancer
Applying for life insurance with prostate cancer takes patience, and it is important to be informed of what to expect when applying for life insurance coverage. Despite popular belief, affordable life...
Learn the benefits of a No Medical Exam life insurance policy
As life expectancies increase, life insurance companies are more likely to accept a policy from an applicant without having to undergo a health exam. When you work with an experienced life insurance b...

Internet, Technology and Gaming Addiction

Kick your smartphone habit and lower stress with this expert advice
Try to do other things besides mindlessly and automatically staring and surfing your phone. The first part of reclaiming real-time living is to take control of your use and fighting the neurochemical ...
Improve personal communication by putting computer and phone away
The greatest asset to our success comes not necessarily from the number of degrees that may hang upon our wall—it comes from our people skills. People skills help us to foster and build lasting rela...
Online gambling out of control? How to treat this Internet addiction
With gambling addiction, problems tend to mount over time until you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve been dealt a hand you can’t win on your own. Addiction is a chronic disease that, like ot...
Video game addiction: Recognize the problem in yourself or others
Video games can be both rewarding and potentially addictive. If you have a friend, loved one, or family member you think might be addicted to video games, it is important that you research all about b...

Kids with Eating Disorders

Coping with a teenage daughter suffering from an eating disorder
On the surface it may look like a teenager is controlling eating habits in a desire to be thin, but in reality dangerous behaviors are a response to deeper emotional pain, depression, anxiety and othe...
Help your child struggling with an eating disorder such as anorexia
If your child is battling an eating disorder, the best thing that you can do is keep on loving and supporting them. If you ever feel that you need help with your child, don’t ever hesitate to get tr...
Supporting your child with an eating disorder is vital to recovery
Education and understanding are keys that will help you prevent, and if necessary, effectively deal with disordered eating or an eating disorder. Your attitudes about health and wellness will impact y...
Advice for parents to help their child overcome an eating disorder
Eating disorders are challenging and scary. Parents don’t cause their child’s eating disorder, and they aren’t to blame. It is equally important not to blame the child for his or her eating diso...
Advice for parents to help their child who binge eats
Failure to address binge eating can lead to binge-eating disorder, a life-threatening illness. Taking action by seeking professional help and talking to your child can lead to a full recovery, so if y...
I think my child might have an eating disorder. What should I do?
Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can be life threatening if not treated. Remember to act quickly and seek support for your child and yourself, so you can begin your path toward recovery....
What parents should do if they think their child has anorexia
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder and should be taken seriously. If you suspect that your child has anorexia or is developing unhealthy eating habits, talk to your ch...
Helping your child with an eating disorder move towards recovery
Recovering from an eating disorder is a road full of big challenges and little triumphs. It is a lengthy process without quick fixes or miracle cures. Have patience and compassion, and don’t come up...
Helping children who may be struggling with an eating disorder
Any child can find themselves dealing with the challenges of body image or eating disorder issues. It is vital for parents to understand what they are dealing with, so they can feel comfortable and co...

Eating Disorders

How to stop binge eating and live a healthier life
All in all, trust yourself and listen to your body. All of the above is just an elaboration of that one basic piece of advice....
Support your loved one to help them overcome an overeating problem
The best thing you can do when a friend or family member has an overeating problem is to just be there for them no matter what. Be a ready and willing listener and a constant support. Be the cheerlead...
Treat compulsive eating by taking the power away from food
I encourage you to take a minute and ask yourself, “Does food feel more powerful than me?” If the answer is yes, even sometimes, and you really want to find a way to improve your relationship with...
Expert advice to help you address anorexia and bulimia
Getting help for a feeding or eating disorder can be scary. It requires you to be vulnerable and to ask for help. You will have to face and discuss aspects of your life that may not make you proud. Re...
Navigating insurance coverage for the treatment of eating disorders
Many people are unsure about what to do when an insurance denial occurs. When your insurance company denies access to health benefits, it only intensifies an already distressing situation. It is imper...
Midnight snacking out of control? It's called night eating syndrome
Night Eating Syndrome is a real problem for many people. If this resonates with you please seek assistance with a licensed professional. Even if you don’t fit the description exactly but you believe...
Overcome compulsive, binge, and over-eating with this advice
Binge eating, like most compulsive behaviors, is merely a distraction from feeling your emotions. You learned this way of feeling a shot of pleasure at an early age and have practiced many times since...
Athletes are more susceptible to eating disorders: Get help now
Eating disorders are life threatening; in fact, they have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. At the very least, they can hamper an athlete’s performance and make the athlete mor...
Advice for avoiding midnight snacking
Late night eating doesn’t have to be a lifetime struggle. The more we understand about the reasons it might be happening, the better chance we have of changing the pattern. Eating regular and balanc...
How to end emotional eating once and for all
Basically, turning to food when you’re upset is less an eating problem and more an emotional one. If you never learned effective emotional management skills as a child, it’s time to learn them now...
Lose weight by breaking free of emotional eating
When you make the decision to never diet again, you let yourself out of the food prison. By focusing back on nutrient dense food choices, you are essentially embracing a ‘Live-It’, a lifestyle shi...
How athletes can beat anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
Athleticism is seemingly so positive—especially in our country where obesity is such a growing concern. However, there is a dark side to the world of athletics. Eating disorders are more prevalent t...
Food and sugar addiction: Why you can’t stop eating
Over time, appetite dysregulation and disrupted eating patterns lead to an addictive process wherein the brain becomes chemically dependent on certain foods. Like addictions to alcohol and other drugs...
Control your appetite and binge eating using supplements
Diets don’t work, but appetite control does.Appetite is not an issue of willpower or psychological weakness. It’s an issue of biochemistry. When your biochemistry is adjusted, your appetite can be...

Child Safety

Teaching children to be safe, strong and free
Parents, grandparents, teachers and others who take care of children can be afraid to talk with them about potential abuse. They worry they might say the wrong thing and make things worse. They worry ...
Navigating the many risks of summer begins with parental awareness
Summer affords a welcome change of pace from the hectic school year. It is a time for families to connect and enjoy each other. However, with increased outdoor time and freedom come unique challenges ...
Keep kids safe outdoors from bees, wasps, ticks and mosquitos
While summer is the perfect time to get your family outdoors into the fresh air and sunshine, it does not necessarily mean you will get eaten alive by the outdoor bugs. These simple tips will help you...
Expert advice for surviving a school shooting
A school shooting incident is dynamic and ever-changing. Actions taken by victims must be based on the information they have at the time of the event, making the best decisions possible based on the c...
Create a safe family home by minimizing your exposure to toxins
To create a safe, healthy and happy home for yourself and your children, it is vital to reduce your family’s exposure to environmental toxins. The first step is learning about the toxins and their e...
Keep children safe and secure during the holiday season
If you have a young child who can crawl, toddle or walk, it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. You don’t have to avoid holiday decorations altogether, but in some instances, cutting back o...
Parents must communicate with their children about internet safety
With parenting, nobody gets a second chance. We do the best we can with what we have. If you are a parent of tweens and teens, you need to understand technology and what your child is exposed to via t...
Educating your kids about body safety can help prevent sexual abuse
Knowledge is power, and children need to learn to be assertive over their body from a very young age. They need to grasp the importance of always speaking out if they are touched inappropriately or to...
Sports safety: Make eye protection a priority for your child
It’s important for parents to take the proper precautions to protect their children’s eyes and vision during sports games and practices. Educating children early on about the importance of eye pro...

Tackling Family Problems and Conflict

Cooking as a family fosters fun and creativity in the kitchen
Getting kids cooking in the kitchen is beneficial in so many ways. The no-pressure environment fostered by cooking as a family creates fun and creativity in the kitchen.Here’s a great recipe to try ...
Recipe: Black-eyed pea salsa
Embracing and accepting autism can help kids build friendships
Our world is made up of many different kinds of people. Embracing and accepting difference, and being open to friendships with individuals who are unique creates strength and compassion. Remember: nev...
Good parenting can help prevent teens from using drugs and alcohol
Remember that you can influence your teen, even though you may feel powerless at times. Do your best to be supportive, interested and knowledgeable about your child’s life. Talk to your teen about d...
Supporting kids through the healing process after a disaster
As a parent, remember that you know your child better than anyone else. Therefore, if a disaster occurs, you will already have a good sense of how to speak to your child and how to help him or her und...
Manage difficult child behaviors with collaborative problem solving
Parenting kids with challenging behaviors can be exhausting and frustrating when the behaviors result in explosions, meltdowns or behaviors, such as shutting down or withdrawing. Rewards and punishmen...
How can families successfully manage their stress together at home?
Stress can be quite difficult to manage, but is easier when approached as a family. Using easy techniques, such as affirmations, visualizing and mindfulness, you will find success in your stress manag...
How can parents support children when a marriage turns rocky?
Life can be challenging and marriage is difficult. Marriage with children is even harder. It is impossible to agree with your spouse about everything. There are days when agreeing with your spouse abo...
Put an end to clutter and arguments by organizing your playroom
In today’s fast-paced world, getting organized is not a luxury--it is a necessity. By implementing some simple organizing systems and regular routines, you and your child can create a functional pla...
Positive prevention strategies can decrease a child's behaviors
Teaching positive behaviors and decreasing challenging behaviors can seem daunting. But with a few changes to your approach, you can achieve real change. Don’t get bogged down in negative behaviors,...

Teacher and Classroom Resources

Get your class to settle down
All in all, students need consistency and clarity in understanding our expectations of them as a class. A non-verbal signal or procedure can help us make great strides in settling a class down in a ca...
How do I get my students to ask questions?
By creating a question-friendly environment, modeling your expectations for questions, teaching students how to ask questions and encouraging the behavior, your students will experience the dynamic of...
How to handle unruly students
These strategies will help put you in a better place, emotionally, to determine the best course of action for the future. The lesson that day may not even be part of the curriculum. Rather it may be a...
Dos and Don'ts of grading discussion boards
The online discussion boards allow students to have deep discussions around the course content. This is a wonderful tool that also builds a sense of community in the class. We need to use it carefully...
Tips for designing a course
Building a syllabus and designing a course can be a challenging exercise. One hint is to start with the institutions goals and outcomes for the program and the course. This guide can be used to sketch...
Dos and Don'ts of teaching non-traditional students online
Adult non-traditional learners are highly motivated to succeed but have different challenges, needs and strengths than traditional college students. These students can be highly successful online, but...
Bloom's Taxonomy
Teachers: Get help communicating with parents
None of these steps is easy. However, if you take nothing else away from the discussion, do make sure you are the first to make contact. That first, positive communication makes all the difference whe...
Advice for teachers on great parent-teacher conferences
By following these few helpful tips, you’ll no doubt have a more productive, enjoyable conference. You can actually concentrate on the student’s best interest and collaborate with the parent, whic...
Make your classroom safe for weather and violent emergencies
Each year schools are faced with a wide variety of school safety incidents ranging from violence to weather emergencies. Classroom teachers can prepare for these incidents by having a proper plan and ...
Meeting the unique needs of gifted children within the classroom
Meeting the needs of gifted students in the general education classroom setting is challenging. Where there are so many different levels of students in the classroom, challenging the advanced students...
Create an inclusive classroom that helps all types of students
Some educators think about students with disabilities when they hear the word “inclusion”. Of course, supporting students with disabilities is part of the work of the high-quality inclusive school...
Advice for teachers to help prevent misbehavior in their classroom
Instead of relying on easy impersonal punishments, what works to prevent student misbehavior is for young people to have to face the real personal impact of their actions. For this to be practiced wel...
Organizing the classroom for students with autism spectrum disorder
Although each child with autism spectrum disorder is a unique individual in terms of strengths, challenges, learning style and support needs, paying attention to these elements of structure will allow...
Advice for creating safe and welcoming schools for LGBT youth
Schools can be hostile environments for LGBT youth. While all young people can become targets of bullying, research shows that LGBT students are most at risk. LGBT youth who experience higher rates of...
Using discussion groups to help nurture growth in gifted students
Discussion groups provide a bond that simply reassures a student that other people care. Students won’t come to a discussion group wanting to unload their innermost feelings, but some may want to ta...
Ensure success in the classroom for kids on the autism spectrum
This advice is an excellent way to prepare your classroom to accommodate a child with ASD. Because educating a child with ASD can be quite challenging for educators, it is important to be aware of the...
Advice for teachers on how to recognize and reduce school violence
Educators must to be sensitive to all acts of school violence and remain on the frontline to protect themselves and the students they serve. By implementing a comprehensive behavior system, teachers w...
How to inspire and motivate students to participate in class
Many students feel unsure about what they’ve learned or should be able to do. Teachers can increase class participation by: designing space to invite participation, assuring students that there are ...
Tools to help discourage truancy and keep your students in school
Truancy can create the onset of other at-risk behaviors. Teachers should advocate for and support policies that provide truancy reduction. In-school suspensions, before and after school detentions, cr...
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