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 By Wendy Wiecki    News    January 26, 2023 

What is mental wellness?

What do you think of when you hear “mental wellness”? You might think this defines a state of constant happiness. But it’s more than that. The key to mental wellness is—instead of staying consistently happy, it is passing through many life...

 
 By WENDY WIECKI    News    January 12, 2023

Living a sober life

Often times when someone enters treatment for addiction they have a difficult time seeing their life clean and sober. They see their lifestyle of using substances as the only way they can have fun, and that without it, life would be “boring....

 
 By WENDY WIECKI    News    January 5, 2023

A new year brings new perspective

A new year here and with that comes the ever popular, but rarely accomplished new year’s resolutions. This year, I would challenge that and offer a new perspective. Instead of making a just a resolution, let’s make this year a year of...

 

Set boundaries for your mental health during holidays

The holidays are just around the corner and with that it usually brings cheer, family time, laughter, sharing with others, and making special memories with those you love. However, grief can change all of that. I so wish you could press pause on...

 

Dealing with seasonal depression

Seasonal depression, also called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression. It’s triggered by the change of seasons and most commonly begins in the fall. This seasonal depression gets worse toward the later part of fall or early...

 

End The Stigma: Valuable lessons in recovery

The last article to cover addiction-related issues was to help gain an understanding about the difference between sobriety and recovery. It was to help recognize that recovery is more than just abstinence from a substance or behavior. Obviously,...

 

End The Stigma: Battling depression and aging

Depression is a treatable condition and it is not part of the normal aging process. However, older adults are at an increased risk for depression. Approximately 80% of aging adults have a chronic health condition according to the Centers for Disease...

 

End the Stigma: The difference between stress and anxiety

What is the difference between stress and anxiety? Are they one in the same or different? There is a fine line between stress and anxiety. Stress is typically caused by an external trigger. The trigger can be short-term, such as an argument with a lo... Full story

 
 By WENDY WIECKI    Opinion    June 9, 2022

End the Stigma: Addiction recovery and employment

One of the most important things a person in addiction recovery can do is to maintain employment. It is very important that they do not isolate and become unproductive. Employment is one way to provide daily stimulation, structure, and interactions... Full story

 

Faces of Recovery: Anthony Herrera

Meet Anthony Herrera. Anthony is and addiction recovery warrior. Anthony has struggled with addiction "for at least 20 years." Anthony began his journey of addiction at the age of 15 when he was first...

 
 By WENDY WIECKI    News    April 28, 2022

Faces of Recovery: Battling Depression

Last month for the mental health article I discussed men and depression and the stigma that often goes with men addressing this. This week, I am following up with one man who has been able to tackle...

 
 By WENDY WIECKI    News    January 13, 2022

Voices of Recovery: Nick McMartin

In bringing in the new year, I wanted to share another recovery story from our community. The gentleman is Nick McMartin. Nick has been a Worland resident most of his life. Nick started his drug use at the age of 16 with marijuana use when he was in...

 

End The Stigma Faces of Recovery: Destiny Gutierrez

End The Stigma Faces of Recovery: Destiny Gutierrez Editor's Note: Since 2011, October has been proclaimed National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This month, Cloud Peak Counseling Center, in...

 

End The Stigma Faces of Recovery: Jerry Kiser

Editor's Note: Since 2011, October has been proclaimed National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This month, Cloud Peak Counseling Center, in partnership with the Northern Wyoming News, is bringing... Full story

 

End the Stigma

End The Stigma Faces of Recovery: Megan Lathrop Editor's Note: Since 2011, October has been proclaimed National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This month, Cloud Peak Counseling Center, in partnersh...

 

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