Alina Lodge Blog

Mental Health Awareness Month

May 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Month 2019 is #4Mind4Body, reflecting the relationship between mind and body in health. In the words on the ancient Romans, "Mens sana in corpore sano" ("A sound mind in a sound body").

Dr. Daniel Greenfield

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed for the month of May since 1949, in an effort to educate and destigmatize the public and its all-too-prevalent confusion and fear about mental illness. Combining mental illness with substance use disorders (i.e. 'dual diagnosis') a high prevalence, or proportionate – upwards of 35% of the adult population of the country experiences either or both of these conditions during a lifetime...
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Daniel Greenfield, MD, MPH, MS
Medical Team

What is Mindfulness?

May 2019

What is mindfulness and how do you practice it?

Mindfulness is a term used to describe a way of responding to stress that allows you to get out of old mental patterns which worsen stress and decrease problem solving.

BluJean Casey

Mindfulness is a tool that is beneficial for people struggling with mental health and substance use disorders, but it is just as useful for everyday stressors. Practicing mindfulness means increasing your awareness of the present moment without judgment...
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BluJean Casey, MA, LAC, NCC
North Warren Counseling Center Team

Alcohol Awareness Month

April 2019

April is Alcohol Awareness Month,

a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) in 1987 to increase awareness and outreach surrounding the dangers of alcohol.

Megan Hein

Originally targeted at college-age students, Alcohol Awareness Month is now a national movement meant to improve understanding of the causes and effects of alcoholism and enable families and communities to better deal with alcohol-related issues...
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Megan Hein
Clinical Team Member, Alina Lodge

Gratitude Picnic

April 2019

A message from Erica Norris

I’d like to tell you why the Picnic is so important to me personally. You see, I am a recipient of the Scholarship Fund. Without it, I would not have been able to finish my stay at Alina Lodge. When I ran out of funds, Alina Lodge did not discharge me. I stayed until my counselor said I was ready to go.

The Gratitude Picnic and the Scholarship Fund is what made this possible. It is my honor to be the Chairperson of the 2019 Gratitude Picnic

Erica Norris - Little Hill Foundation

You can help support the Scholarship Fund with a purchase of a Gratitude Journal ad, a raffle ticket or sponsorship. The Journal ad form is attached, and you may write a message in honor of your counselor, a loved one, a memorial or a simple message of hope to others. You never know the life you have touched...
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Erica Norris

It's about Time

April 2019

A message from our Executive Director - William Robbins

I must say I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about both our founder, Mrs. Geraldine Delaney and our most recent Executive Director, Michael Hornstein... It's about Time

Bill Robbins

As I embark on my own stewardship of Little Hill Foundation and work with our Board of Trustees to create a vision of our future, I inevitably keep returning to our past....
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William Robbins
Executive Director


March 2019

March is National Nutrition Month.

Nutrition in Recovery: The goal is to find a balance in intake between Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat to meet macronutrient needs, balance brain chemistry, and maintain a stable blood glucose level...

Ellen Sagan

By taking in adequate protein, cravings can be minimized which helps prevent the need to use drugs, alcohol, or sugar to meet those needs...
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Ellen Sagan, B.S., RD


February 2019

Don’t Call Me Names: You’re Codependent, You’re An Enabler, You’re The Weak Link.

The truth is Codependency is different than loving, caring, helping and being supportive.

Donna Pittala

A family that is dealing with an active addict is in crisis, many times dealing with life and death situations. There are no hard and fast rules to tell us exactly how to respond in each situation. Right now, the opioid epidemic has many families in a panic...
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Donna Pittala, MA, LCADC, CODS, CCS
Director of Family Services

Eating Disorder Recovery

January 2019

Eileen Reuter - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor

At Alina Lodge we are aware of the many co-occurring disorders that our students struggle with, in addition to their substance abuse. These combined issues add confusing and complicated components to treatment. But it is necessary to address...
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Eileen Reuter