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It’s good to CELEBRATE. Not just the milestone accomplishments, but all the many steps along the way, for each step forward is worthy of applause.

Join with us for the Cottonwood Recovery Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20th at Garrison Park. We’ll have live music and free lunch while we celebrate the spirit of recovery as a community. Hope to see you there!

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For many of us, our day doesn’t start until we pour that first cup of coffee, so it’s only right that a beverage so widely consumed should receive a month dedicated to its recognition.

August is National Coffee Month and a great time to talk about the benefits of this rich, brown beverage enjoyed by 83% of Americans. For years, we heard about only the risks involved with coffee consumption: increased risk for ulcers, anxiety, insomnia, etc… But researchers have found that, consumed in moderation, 2-3 8oz cups a day, studies have shown that coffee may possibly contribute to increased health benefits, such as lowering a person’s risk for heart failure and lowering a woman’s risk for cancer.  This is great news for coffee drinkers, however, don’t expect coffee to be prescribed by your physician any time soon, for while there are certain benefits, there are risks involved as well. As with most things, the key is moderation and, as always, checking with your doctor as to whether coffee consumption will interfere with any medical conditions you are experiencing.

So if you love your coffee, raise your cup in a toast to the benefits!




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Have you ever run into a store to pick up a few items and, because you reason it’s just a few items, you don’t bother with a cart? I think we’ve all done that. I did it recently with a bag of dog food. It was a 20lb bag of dry dog food and although it was a little heavy, I figured I didn’t need a cart; I could just carry it to the checkout. When I got to the checkout, however, only a couple lanes were open and the lines were rather long. So, there I stood with my dog food, and with each minute that passed by, that bag of dog food increased in weight. Not literally, of course, but the longer I held it, the heavier it felt. By the time it was my turn to check out, that 20lb bag of dog food felt like it weighed 50lobs. It felt wonderful to set it down, if only for a few minutes.

Problems are a lot like that bag of dog food. We carry them around with us everyday and we don’t think anything of it, but the longer we hold them, the heavier they become. Worries seem to multiply like rabbits until that one thing on your mind becomes twenty things.

But how do we set them down? Well, it’s different for everyone, but some easy ways to lighten our mental loads include exercise, music, meditation, writing, taking walks, or just talking to someone about what troubles you.

So, take a few minutes to set  your worries down and rest, if only for a little while.  Because the burdens we carry inside weigh just as much as those we carry on the outside.


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As the story goes…

A set of parents, fearing their child too optimistic in all things, decided to take him to a doctor in the hopes the doctor could solve his eternal optimism. After a few moments with the boy, the doctor declared he could, indeed, cure him. He ushered the boy to a room in the back of his office-a room filled from ceiling to floor with horse manure. The little boy took one puzzled look the giant pile and then, excitedly, began to climb the mountain of manure and once at the top, began digging furiously, all the while smiling and laughing.

The doctor was flabbergasted.

“What are you doing?” he asked. “I brought you to a room filled with stinking manure and you are having a wonderful time…WHY?”

The little boy stopped digging, and with an ear-to-ear grin, said, “Well, I figure with all this horse manure, there’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”

Perspective is everything. Now…go find YOUR pony today!

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Mental Health First Aid-Arizona Integrated Healthcare

First Aid training is important: from how to treat cuts and burns to the big medical emergencies that require CPR; a knowledge of First Aid can prevent serious illness and save lives.

But what about the situations that no Band Aid or antibiotic ointment can fix? Things like panic attacks, anxiety and other mental challenges that occur every day in homes, workplaces and schools everywhere. Would you be able to come to the aid of a co-worker,  friend, or family member? Would you know the signs to look for? Most people don’t, which is why Mental Health First Aid is so important.

Mental Heath First Aid is a day long course that teaches you how to recognize the signs of distress and help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. At Spectrum, we think the tools taught in this course can help anyone and we provide Mental Health First Aid training all throughout our community and beyond. Regularly scheduled training takes place the first Friday of each month at our Cottonwood location and classes are FREE to attend. Contact Richard Dehnert at 928-634-2236 for more information or if you’d like to bring Mental Health First Aid training to your organization.


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