Helpful resources to help your well being against addictions, trauma, stress, depression and every day life.

Resources for stress, anxiety, depression & addictionRecommended resources:

NAMI – National and state organization that advocates for the needs  of those with mental illness and their families. Go there to find interesting  information on how this grassroots nonprofit helps families.

The Fix – an educational/informational resource about all kinds of addictions

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division also known as Behavioral  Health Dept. through the Colorado Dept of Human Services – find information and  research on substance abuse and programming throughout Colorado.

The Stop Violence Against Women website (STOPVAW), a project of The Advocates for Human Rights, is a forum for information, advocacy and change in the promotion of women’s human rights around the world.

Video – prominent “successful” women in recovery.

Video – Kirstie Alley- Cocaine Almost Killed Me

Video – The Road to Recovery with Ester Nicholson

Video – Happiness 101 with Tal Ben-Shahar

Yoga reduces stress:

Yoga for mental and physical wellnessWe endorse and offer affordable, quality yoga at our program as it fits with our mission of providing a holistic approach to mental health care.  Yoga can be one more healthy tool in one’s life when dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or just the incessantly busy life style that so many Americans endure.

In a German study published in 2005, 24 women who described themselves as “emotionally distressed” took two 90-minute yoga classes a week for three months. Women in a control group maintained their normal activities and were asked not to begin an exercise or stress-reduction program during the study period.

Though not formally diagnosed with depression, all participants had experienced emotional distress for at least half of the previous 90 days. They were also one standard deviation above the population norm in scores for perceived stress (measured by the Cohen Perceived Stress Scale), anxiety (measured using the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory), and depression (scored with the Profile of Mood States and the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, or CES-D).

At the end of three months, women in the yoga group reported improvements in perceived stress, depression, anxiety, energy, fatigue, and well-being. Depression scores improved by 50%, anxiety scores by 30%, and overall well-being scores by 65%. Initial complaints of headaches, back pain, and poor sleep quality also resolved much more often in the yoga group than in the control group.

Overall countless studies have documented the benefits of regular yoga practice, the one study above is only one. Other studies show improved mood, lowered anxiety and depression and treating trauma. (source:

Recommended books:

Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behavior by Sarah Bowen – Buy Here

The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass – Buy Here

Happy Hours by Devon Jersild – Buy Here

AA: Cult or Cure by Charles Bufe – Buy Here

Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction by Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW – Buy Here

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel – Buy Here

Why Don’t They Just Quit by Joe Herzanek – Buy Here

Understanding Addiction Through a Child’s Eyes by Jerry Moe – Buy Here

Under the Influence by Milam and Ketchum – Buy Here

How Alanon Works  – Buy Here

10% Happier by Bob Harris – Buy Here

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown – Buy Here

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown – Buy Here