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Addiction: There Is a Way Out

  One of the core beliefs of Park Ridge Psychological Services is that coerced treatment is almost always inhumane. Everyone has the autonomy to decide for themselves if and when they will be ready to receive help and work through treatment. There need to be supports in place to meet each individual where they are […]

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Part 1: What is Addiction?

Addiction (or substance dependence) as defined by the American Psychiatric Association is a maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress. Addicts’ symptoms eventually surrender them to their environment without sufficient support. Addiction is like a side effect because the substance itself was serving a purpose: a relief, an escape, or […]

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Have not been on a Date in a forever – What to do?

Whether you are dating for the first time or for the first time after being in a long serious relationship it can be tricky. With all the gadgets and ways that people distance themselves it is often very hard to see or even meet someone genuinely well-suited. Time and time again, it may feel like […]

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What is Family Therapy Really?

Family therapy is designed, first and foremost, to address various sources of pain held within a family. The focus is breaking down walls, clearing up muddled and hidden communication, and practicing speaking one’s peace in a safe space. Everyone’s family is different and families don’t always work the way one imagines them to. Family therapy […]

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Stop Giving Negative People Too Much Power!

Negative people have a way of sneaking into our lives and gobbling up way more time we would like them to. Negative Nancies are hard to avoid, especially if it is a co-worker, family member or neighbor. This personality type is difficult to avoid and intolerable to be around – even if we have no […]

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