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Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is a national leader in behavioral health and addiction services. For over 60 years, we have helped individuals and their families find hope, healing and recovery. We offer a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment and intellectual and developmental disabilities services in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Each year, we serve over 170,000 individuals and families. Centerstone is delivering care that changes people's lives.

  • Our Hospital and Addictions Center in Bradenton, Florida is Joint Commission accredited and was selected as an Optum Platinum provider in 2016.
  • We offer a full range of treatment options for substance use and mental health disorders.
  • More than 200 facilities and outreach in over 220 schools and community partnership locations throughout Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee
  • CARF accredited in Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee
  • Joint Commission accredited in Florida and Kentucky
  • On the forefront in research and technology

We are here to support you in every step of your recovery though medical and therapeutic support in a private and confidential setting.  For more information on our Addiction Center and our full range of services call or visit our site: https://centerstone.org/florida-addiction-center.

A First Aid Kit To Treat Your Mental Health At Home

21 July 2017 Written by  Dr. Robert Boxley

 Dr. Boxley shares his favorite ideas for keeping his patients mentally healthy and happy.

Use It or Lose It

The more you use your brain, the better you will think in the future.  However, use it in new, challenging and mentally-stretching ways, rather than just wondering what the Kardashians are doing next.  Think about puzzles, crosswords, Sudoku that are one step above your comfort zone.  Challenge yourself to learn something totally new: foreign languages, ballroom dancing, archery, geocaching, origami, soapmaking.  Or you can do something familiar in an unfamiliar way: take a totally different way to work, use only your non-dominant hand all day.

Do Unto Others

People are very social and we get a lot of self-satisfaction from helping others. This giving away of your time actually makes your own mind more able to problem-solve your own challenges.  Everybody wins.  So look for opportunities at your place of worship or at your local non-profit to volunteer. FYI- ask for help if you need it, as requesting assistance is also good for your mental health

Safety in Numbers

The more time you spend with your friends, the more healthy you will be mentally.  However, this only works if your friends are good for you and are not influencing you to be unhealthy.  So feel free to de-friend those who are not adding to your life and spend more time with those who are.  It’s the digital age, so text, Skype, or phone your friends even when you can’t connect by sitting down together at the local coffee bar.

Relax

Stress is an import motivator but, over time, it can start to seriously impact our mental health.  Concentration, problem-solving, decision-making and alertness to important details are all impaired if stress is in your life too long. So be sure to schedule yourself for time to do things you find relaxing.  Not everyone finds the same things relaxing: some may find yoga or fishing or reading relaxing, while others get stressed just thinking about these things.  Pick your own relaxation method and do it often.

Everybody Have Fun Tonight

Pleasure is very important to your mental health.  If you do not have enough pleasure in your life, then do more of it (provided that it is not illegal or with bad long-term consequences).  Smiling, laughing, enjoying beauty or just being amused is great for your brain.  So hit up a comedy club this weekend.  Take your sweetie on a weekend away. Go see that band you’ve wanted to see. Enjoy. 

Be Here Now

We all live in a society that is very future and past focused.  However, spending time in the present is very good for your mental health.  Try siting for a few minutes in your home and being aware of all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feelings that you are experiencing.  Do this often to re-center yourself.  You will find yourself clearer-thinking afterwards.

Balancing Act

All of the above suggestions must be balanced and not used excessively or it can impair your mental health.  Keeping to moderation is healthiest strategy of all.

A Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Dr. Robert Boxley

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