Teen Suicide in Montgomery County


60% of all youth suicides in Montgomery County occurred in September , October, or January. Click on the image for more eye-opening facts.

Substance Use Disorders & PARENTS: Paths to Change


Written by: Deb Owens, Licensed Professional Counselor http://debowens.com/substance-use-disorders-parents-paths-to-change.html “It’s a hero’s journey when your life and relationships are impacted by a child’s substance use disorder. And impacted they are. In ways that are unimaginable.  A roller coaster of emotions.”  Deb Owens Parents long for a healthy loving relationship with their child. It’s so hard to show […]

“Be A Part of the Conversation” Celebrates Five Year Anniversary with Its First Fundraiser at the Home of Mary Nixon, Founder of the New Leaf Club


BERWYN, PA (May 19, 2016) – On an unseasonably cool Sunday morning in May, Mary Nixon graciously opened her Berwyn, PA, home to host a fundraiser to commemorate the five year anniversary of Be a Part of the Conversation, an innovative organization that provides much-needed support to local communities through engaging, educational programming. Approximately 80 […]

New Leaf Club Joins Unite to Face Addiction in DC


Until now, a great majority of people connected to addiction have remained silent. Too many of us who are affected have been incarcerated, and for decades we have been afraid to speak up about failed policies and poor care due to long-standing stigma and discriminatory public policies. The time is now to break that silence. […]

Thank you New Leaf Club and Judge O’Neill


By: Pam and Bill Roberts Chesterbrook, PA About a hundred people went to an eye-opening event last night hosted by Mary Nixon at the New Leaf Club in Rosemont. Addressing the apparent ambivalence regarding society’s near passive reaction to thousands of sick people dying each year from the epidemic of heroin, Judge Steven O’Neill from […]

Alcohol/Drugs: Parent Enabling & Empathy


By: Deb Owens   As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, I hear a lot about the constant worrying. Parents trying to figure out how to help. They long for a healthy loving relationship with their child. It can be a struggle to show compassion and support when a potential addiction […]

And so let us live Happy, Joyous and Free…


by Monica Berenbroick So what makes our life joyful? What does it take for someone to be happy most of the time? Does money bring joy or happiness or real freedom? Well the “Father of Positive Psychology,” Martin Seligman believes 60 percent of happiness is determined by our environment and genetics; however, the remaining 40 […]

A Right of Passage


By Kate Kopp  http://katespeaceofmind.blogspot.com/    (The following was written a few years ago, when we took our son, our first born, to college seven hours away. I’m happy to report that he, and we, all survived that first year. We are now about to take our daughter to college in a few days and, though […]

Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts: Top 10 Traits


by Deb Owens, LPC, CAADC  Yes, I said it. I have a top 10 for ACOAs. We’ve all seen some variation of characteristics that are correlated with growing up in a household affected, directly or indirectly, by a parent’s use of alcohol or drugs. Common ACOA traits include: Adult children of alcoholics judge themselves without […]