Toxic Stress

Stress is a fact of life and we can’t escape it.  Most stress resolves once a person is removed from the situation and research has shown that occasional exposure to stress may actually increase brain health and alertness.  Any prolonged exposure, however, can have long lasting impacts on our overall well being.  In addition, toxic … Read More

Newsweek Names Bayside Marin Among Top 10 Addiction Treatment Centers in California  

San Rafael facility honored for quality of care, reputation, accreditation  SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (September 04, 2020) – Bayside Marin Treatment Center is honored to be among the top 10 facilities in Newsweek’s recent ranking of the best addiction treatment centers in the state of California.  The Newsweek rankings followed an extended review of more than 500 addiction treatment centers in California. Bayside Marin received the sixth-highest score, … Read More


In 2019, the FDA approved esketamine, a derivative of ketamine, for treatment of severe depression when oral anti-depressants alone are unsuccessful.  Ketamine is sometimes thought to be a controversial treatment because despite being used for years in the hospital setting as an anesthetic and painkiller, it is also frequently abused as a recreational club drug.   … Read More


Are you someone who struggles with anxiety?  According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million people in the US, over the age of 18, have a diagnosable anxiety disorder.  Treatment for anxiety is available, and one way to support recovery from anxiety is to pay attention to how you can support your … Read More

Productivity Junkies

In most cases, we think of “productivity” as a positive concept.  In fact, many believe being a workaholic is necessary, if you want to be successful.  But what happens when being productive is taken too far? Dr. Sandra Champman, Chief Director for the Center for BrainHealth, defines addiction as a “brain disease that affects the … Read More

5 Love Languages

In Gary Chapman’s book, “The Five Love Languages: The Secrets to Love that Lasts,” the author identified five ways that people can express love or caring.  These expressions are not limited to only relationships, but can also apply to friends, family and even co-workers.  Learning these “languages” can promote selflessness, increase empathy, create greater intimacy, … Read More

People Pleaser

As we collectively face the uncertainty of the coronavirus landscape, psychologist Dr. Morgan McCain suggests we may find ourselves engaging in people-pleasing behaviors as a survival strategy or coping mechanism.  This behavior can also be a way to find acceptance or avoid vulnerability.  It allows us to focus on the needs of another while not … Read More

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can increase an adult’s likelihood of poor mental and physical health outcomes later in life. The other side of the ‘ACEs coin’ is Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs), which can lead to improved mental health and healthier relationships throughout childhood as well as into adulthood.  In 2019, Christina Bethell, et al. studied … Read More

Stages of Change

Change is hard. So hard that in the 1980s, Carlo C. DiClemente and J.O. Prochaska began making personal observations of the clients they treated for alcohol addiction.  They noticed that people go through stages of behavioral change as they address their alcohol and substance misuse.  This “Stages of Change Model” continues to be used in … Read More

Recovery Memoirs

Healthy connection is an important part of sustainable recovery. One way we can connect to others is by reading about personal experiences in the media. The New York Times has compiled a list of recovery memoirs, told from different perspectives, about substance use and journeys of recovery.  Their stories are educational and informative for friends … Read More