A Valentine to Yourself: Finding Vetted and Useful Self-Help Resources

This February, New Paradigm Recovery is celebrating love in its many forms. This includes showing yourself a little love!  We often hear about practicing self-care and the benefits of self-help, but when it comes down to putting that advice into practice, it can be difficult to know where to start. The self-help and “wellness-culture” industry […]

What to Expect: Twelve-Step Meetings

Many people experiencing addiction are introduced to the concept of the Twelve Steps while in treatment, and most treatment centers strongly encourage Twelve Step meeting attendance to clients upon release. Twelve Step programs, their meetings, and their fellowships can be incredibly important tools for individuals in recovery and their loved ones, but many people do […]

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.  It speaks to each of our capabilities to recognize our own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, to use emotional information to guide our thinking […]

The Benefits of Concierge-Style Behavioral Healthcare

It’s a familiar picture these days: people are struggling to make appointments with primary care physicians and specialists, “with doctors saying demand is higher than ever at a time when an increasing number of providers are leaving the field.” The problem is “leaving patients sicker and in need of more intensive care down the road,” […]

Washington, DC — America’s Stress Capital

Washington, DC and its surrounding metro areas are home to a diverse workforce of government and military contractors, government employees, private-sector executives, lawyers, and other professionals whose work lives can be exceptionally demanding. Whether self-driven to climb the organizational ladder or simply doing what it takes to maintain high-paying jobs that support the high cost […]

Childhood Trauma and its Consequences in the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia has a childhood trauma problem. As DC MAP (Mental Health Access in Pediatrics) reported in September, “nearly 23 percent of children aged 0-17 experience two or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) or traumas” in DC, which can have a lasting impact on their overall health outcomes and well-being. “ACEs can also […]

America’s Attachment Crisis

“America is in its insecure-attachment era,” proclaimed Faith Hill in The Atlantic in April. “Discomfort with intimacy seems to be on the rise—and no one’s quite sure why.” Some time ago, social psychologist Sara Konrath found that narcissism rates seemed to be increasing among Americans and empathy decreasing, Hill reported, so about a decade ago, […]