Alina Lodge Blog

Inaugural Malinda Mattar Memorial Golf Tournament

September 2019

The Mattar family has created the Malinda Mattar Golf Tournament

Malinda Mattar

It is with gratitude that we announce the Inaugural Malinda Mattar Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, October 21 st at Panther Valley Golf and Country Club in Allamuchy, NJ. Proceeds will go to Little Hill Foundation which operates Alina Lodge.

Dear friends of the Mattar Family,

As you may know, on August 27 th of last year, our beautiful 25 year-old daughter Malinda lost her battle with drugs. She had a kind heart and touched the lives of so many. Her troubles began at age 16 with prescription painkillers and for 9 years she fought hard for her life, attending a number of rehabilitation treatment centers along the way. And while she was able to experience periods of sobriety, she ultimately lost her fight.

As you can imagine, her loss haunts us every day. There’s no way to make sense of it. But we feel that we can do something that might help at least one family avoid the pain and grief we’ve endured. We’ve chosen to support the Little Hill Foundation, a non-profit organization operating Alina Lodge, a long-term residential alcohol and drug addiction rehab facility near Blairstown...

Click to read the full letter from Mattar and Linda Mattar here.

Polypharmacy, Monotherapy, Deprescribing, and Vindication

July 2019

Who doesn’t enjoy the opportunity to say "I told you so?"

Perhaps only the most self-critical and masochistic individual doesn’t like to be vindicated. What follows in this piece is the story of vindication for the way we do certain things -- and always have done certain things -- at the Little Hill Foundation.

Daniel P. Greenfield, MD, MPH, MS
Psychiatric Consultant, Little Hill Foundation

In psychiatric practice, as in so many areas of human activity, the pendulum of trends in prescribing psychotropic ("acting on the mind," or "psyche") medications has swung widely over the years: From disinterest and avoidance of these medications (during the psychanalytic era in the first half of the twentieth century); to the guarded but hopeful use of limited psychotropic agents (in the 1960's and 1970's); to the acceptance of tailored and specific "monotherapy," or use of single agents for patients (in the 1980's and 1990's");* to "polypharmacy," the enthusiastic and wholesale prescribing of multiple psychotropic medication for multiple presumed clinical diagnoses in the same individual (in the 1990’s and 2000’s); to a recent backlash movement against polypharmacy called "deprescribing" (over the past several years).

Read full article.

Daniel P. Greenfield, MD, MPH, MS
Psychiatric Consultant, Little Hill Foundation
Clinical Professor of Neuroscience (Psychiatry), Seton Hall University


July 2019

Client-Centered-Therapy and Client-Centered Language is changing the way we do therapy and document client records all together.

It allows the client to be the expert with their story, empowers their decision-making; and increases autonomy within the counseling relationship while being genuine, and truly empathetic using client-sensitive language.

Jennifer Russo, Clinical Director NWCC

With that being said-- it was only a matter of time that within the drug and alcohol field, this would lead to how we would change the way we address the "Family Disease", and more specifically, "Codependency".

Robert Weiss, Phd. in Addiction and Sex Therapy, is responsible for beginning a movement in how we address codependency. This movement is known as "Prodependence".

Read full article.

Jennifer Russo
Clinical Director, North Warren Counseling Center

Managing the Substance Use Disorder client with a Co-morbid Eating Disorder

June 2019

In my experience, approximately 40-50% of our population of women with Substance Use Disorder have also been diagnosed with an Eating Disorder, or display disordered eating behaviors.

Due to the severity of both illnesses, and in order to be a more effective therapist, I believe it is essential to treat these disorders concurrently.

Jackie Re, Program Director Haley House

To further complicate matters, co-morbidity is high among this population, including other disorders such as anxiety, depression, and personality disorders.

Frequently SUD and ED clients will also have physical and medical complications due to their drug use and disordered eating patterns.
Read full article.

Jackie Ré
Program Director, Haley House

2019: A Year for Optimism

June 2019

I am writing this note the day after our annual Gratitude Picnic.

It will be difficult to top this year’s event! Perfect weather, a fantastic turnout, great food, a superb speaker, friends old and new! It is just wonderful to see our beautiful campus filled with beaming smiles. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who worked so hard and gave so much to make it such a success.

Robert Berry, Board of Trustees President

This is my first year as President of the Board. It is an exciting time in our history, and I feel both humbled and proud to work with Bill Robbins as he and I start our stewardship.

There is a lot for us to be optimistic about.
Read full article.

Robert Berry
Little Hill Foundation Board of Trustees

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