The Role of Trauma in Addiction

Meet Emily, a 30-year old woman struggling with addiction. As a young girl, Emily often witnessed her parents arguing. The arguments involved a lot of shouting and pushing. If her parents had been drinking, then the arguments were especially violent: Emily witnessed her father beat her mother on multiple occasions. Emily was afraid of her […]

A Journal for Recovery: Writing For Mental Health

Some write about feelings. Some write about what they ate. Some write about the day’s goals. Whatever the subject matter, identifying feelings and emotions is the key to keeping personal journals. “Everyone has a story to tell,” said Vinland Mental Health Therapist Peggy Martin. “Journaling is a good way to share how that story unfolds.” […]

Meditation Walking: A Path to Recovery

Feel the warmth of sun on your skin. Hear your footsteps along the path. See trees’ leaves flutter in the wind. These are some of the sights and sounds for the walking meditation group at Vinland. “We want to empower people to be in the moment,” said Vinland Program Services Manager Tom Beckers. “Clients are […]

Yoga Helps Individuals with Mental Health Issues

By Emily Simso, Marketing Intern In recent years, there has been an increase in yoga’s popularity in the United States. While many herald yoga for its physical benefits, recent studies have found that it aids mental health in a variety of areas as well. Yoga has effects similar to antidepressants and psychotherapy, meaning it may […]

Halloween and Mental Illness

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare has created five Halloween-themed graphics that you can share to spread the word about mental illness awareness. These were created a few years ago, but they are still great! If you use the images, be sure to link back to

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 5 to October 11 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the first full week of October, people across the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for […]

Treating Dual Diagnosis

Integrated Treatment Offers Best Outcomes for Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Dual diagnosis, also known as a co-occurring disorder, is the term used when a person has a mental illness and a substance abuse issue. In a dual diagnosis, the mental illness and the substance abuse are two separate illnesses. Both illnesses have their […]

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Drug and alcohol addiction affects 22.1 million people in the United States. For some addicts, their struggle is more complicated. Research shows that half of all addicts have at least one mental illness and are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol at the same time, which is called dual diagnosis. The mental illnesses can vary from […]

Caring for Your Mind and Body

We all know about the importance about taking care of our health—eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising. Healthy habits positively influence how a person feels and how their body functions. But good health involves not only caring for our body, but also our mind. The fact is our mental health is integral to our overall […]

Enjoy Fall Colors to Relieve Stress

In case you need another reason to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall colors, a recent article on Science Daily highlights the benefits of taking a walk in the woods. According to the article, walking in the woods has been proven to reduce stress and improve your health. A walk in the woods lowers […]