Young man wearing surgical mask, hands on head in a frustrated manner because he is coping with coronavirus stress.
Apr 23, 2020
Coping with Coronavirus Stress in California: Protecting Your Mental Health

  You are not alone if coping with coronavirus stress and anxiety has taken over your headspace lately. What you may not know is how much of an impact coronavirus...

Empty chairs in a circle at an Alcoholics Anonymous recovery meeting
Mar 20, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 and Social Distancing on Addiction Recovery

  Contrary to the idea of social distancing, for those in recovery, attending face-to-face recovery meetings that emphasize closeness are essential to staying strong in the ever-present battle against addiction...

Closeup on an elderly woman's face leaning on her hand as she looks out a window, meaning to signify the isolation of substance abuse in the elderly.
Feb 22, 2020

Recognizing Substance Abuse in the Elderly

  As we age, there are many chronic conditions that we become more susceptible to such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis and more. What is surprising is that substance...

Book open to the word "ADDERALL" written over an illustration of the chemical makeup of the drug. Test tubes and a flask are partially visible in the background.
Dec 29, 2019

The Signs of Adderall Abuse

Is Adderall the Next Opioid Crisis?

The addictive and destructive nature of Adderall is downplayed or dismissed because it is a popular prescription drug. With a high potential for addiction, the nonmedical use and abuse of...

A soldier overseas in the desert, interacting warmly with two local toddlers. The photo is meant to represent the potential effects of moral injury.
Nov 11, 2019

What is Moral Injury? Bringing the Conversation to the Forefront

Just as veterans suffered undiagnosed from PTSD before it was recognized as a psychiatric disorder, so now is a new potential diagnosis working its way more into the mainstream –...

Two older veterans, one with a prosthetic leg, sit in the shade at a picnic bench, looking at the camera.
Nov 04, 2019

Veterans Day Press Release: A Call to Action for Community Support

San Diego, CA – This Veterans Day, you can be a Hero for the men and women who risked their lives to defend our freedom. Volunteers of America Southwest wants...

Closeup of a bright red, beat up stop sign with the sky and palm trees in the back, meant to represent the movement to stop mental illness stigma.
Oct 10, 2019

National Mental Illness Awareness Week: How Can We End Mental Illness Stigma?

  This year, the main focus of National Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 06 - 12) is to end mental illness stigma. The stigma around mental illness can be described...

Youthful elderly woman wearing a white shirt and dark brown corduroy overalls, smiling while surrounded by green leaves and large yellow tropical flowers, meant to represent battling depression in seniors.
Sep 24, 2019

Understanding Depression in Seniors: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Depression in seniors is on the rise. According to Mental Health America, 34 million people over the age of 65 years struggle with some form of depression. Some might think...

Closeup of three, intertwined hands, meant to represent the bond of a suicide support group
Sep 10, 2019

How Addiction-Related Suicide Support Groups Can Help You Heal

  Millions of people lose loved ones to addiction-related suicide every single year. Feelings of depression, hopelessness, and despair can overwhelm a person so intensely that they don’t see a...

old-time mannequin head with different parts of perception drawn on the scalp
Aug 14, 2019

Drugs and Mental Health: A Dangerous Connection

Anyone watching a loved one struggle with drug addiction – or struggling themselves – understands that substance abuse directly affects mental health. People with a substance use disorder are more...