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Elton John Celebrates 29 Years of Sobriety

Elton John Celebrates 29 Years of Recovery with Emotional Message of Hope and Gratitude

July 30, 2019

Elton John is 29 years sober.

On Monday, John, 72, took to Instagram and Twitter to highlight the accomplishment.

Sharing a photo of his Alcoholics Anonymous coin, the caption wrote.

“Twenty-nine years ago today, I was a broken man,” he wrote. “I finally summoned up the courage to say 3 words that would change my life: ‘I need help.’ “

“Thank you to all the selfless people who have helped me on my journey through sobriety,” John continued. “I am eternally grateful.”

He signed the post: “Elton xo.”

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Stigma Never Helps

Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

July 28, 2019

The words we use matter. Sadly, many people choose to engage in destructive stigmatizing behavior on purpose. Often, however, people say and do things that they don’t realize are causing harm, bringing shame and demoralizing feelings to those around them, including people they care about. People living with mental illness often say the stigma and discrimination associated with their illness can be worse than the mental illness itself. Stigma leaves a mark that wounds even if it can’t be seen. Terms like "addict" and "alcoholic" stigmatize a person with a substance use disorder. Addiction is a disease. It’s important that we use language that frames it as a healthcare issue and not one of poor decision making, or a moral failure.  A person should never be defined or labeled by his or her disease.  After all, it is something they have, not something they are.

Find out how you can help reduce stigma by visiting the Indiana Recovery Council's Stigma Never Helps campaign.

What to expect at The Counseling Center

What Can I Expect From Counseling?

July 24, 2019

One in five American adults has a mental health condition. Research has shown that these mental health conditions can be treated effectively. As scientists have disproven the stigmas surrounding mental health, more people have acknowledged the value of modern therapy.

Making the decision to attend counseling is a positive step and offers support beyond that which is available from family or friends. It offers an environment in which you can express your feelings and gain deeper insight into your difficulties. Because counseling sessions are confidential, you can talk about things you might not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else.

Individual counseling is a one-on-one discussion between the counselor and the client. The two form a therapeutic relationship that promotes trust and personal growth. Individual counseling focuses on the client's immediate or near future concerns. Counseling allows individuals to explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors, work through challenging or difficult memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.

To schedule an appointment, call 317-754-0808, or visit