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There is evidence that humans have been using fire as a survival tool for as long as a million years, but it took several hundred thousand years for us to perfect the skill of building and controlling fires. Over time, we have learned to skip steps along the way and focus more on the size of the fire we can create than the power of

Everyone knows New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep. With goals like losing weight and staying active, people may start the year off on the right foot but start to renege on their commitment as the year goes on. Creating realistic New Year’s resolutions can prevent feelings of failure or discouragement and instead keep you motivated throughout the year. Making New Year’s Resolutions That Matter As

Over the holiday season it can be difficult to stay present and in the moment. At Trails Carolina, we encourage both families and students to engage in mindfulness practices during this time of year to help focus on the “here and now”. How is practicing mindfulness during the holiday season helpful for Trails students? During the holiday season, spending time away from home can stir up

Summertime is here! This means the teens are out of school. Unfortunately, with less supervision, summertime invites some to see what kinds of shenanigans they can get in to. If you have an at-risk or troubled teen living in your home, don’t worry. Come up with a plan and explore your options for keeping your teen away from the stormy weather this summer. Here are

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a full body experience. Trauma affects people’s memory, emotions, and body. Sometimes traditional therapy isn’t enough. While traditional talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy can be helpful, sometimes your teen needs a little more. Wilderness therapy offers a revolutionary approach to treatment. Teens can be defiant and uncooperative. The thought of engaging in talk-therapy or attending therapy in general probably makes most

Substance use amongst teens, particularly marijuana use, is still a prevalent issue. Although the percentage of teens who experiment with drugs and alcohol have declined in recent years, the problem is not going away anytime soon. So how can parents address it? And what are treatments for substance use issues in teens? Todd Green, Primary Therapist at Trails Carolina, answers these questions and more below:  Why

“Just think positively.” Easier said than done, right? But there’s more to that statement than meets the eye. Our inner dialogue is extremely important. While we may be saying, “I can do it!” on the outside, we may be telling ourselves over and over again that we can’t--that's a toxic habit. Studies are showing that if you can change that inner dialogue to think positively, your overall

In order to thrive as individuals and take care of our mental health, we need to be able to love ourselves. At Trails Carolina, we believe that self-love and self care are two important foundations for success and happiness. If a student feels successful and confident in themselves, they are more likely to break away from negative behavioral and emotional patterns. Feeling Valued and Capable