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Elite basketball players are drawn to golf, a very different sport, partly because it "recharges them mentally." We believe golf has a strong aspect of mindfulness, and helps calm elite athletes under pressure.

Mindfulness in Sports: Why do Stephen Curry and Michael Jordan Love Golf?

Stephen Curry, super-accurate with the basketball, is about to lead his Golden State Warriors into the 2019 NBA Finals. Curry has been spectacular, despite a dislocated finger, suffered against the Houston Rockets. Curry’s painful taped up finger hasn’t slowed down the superstar on the court, but it has done something which, to Curry is maybe just as bad: it has… Read More
Mindfulness is an important part of the journey to recovery, from stress, from substance abuse and more. Its mantra is to pay attention to the present moment. It is a powerful tool for those in recovery and rehab.

Mindfulness and Recovery

“Our lives unfold moment to moment,” wrote Jon Kabat-Zin, one of the first modern advocates of the ancient Buddhist practice of mindfulness. The concept of mindfulness is simple: it means closely paying attention to what is happening to you right now, in the moment, without judging yourself or reacting in any way. In a mindfulness practice, we move through stressful… Read More

Children’s Mental Health Disorders a ‘True Public Health Crisis’

It’s May 10, 2019 a single week in which we have witnessed two fatal school shootings, one in a classroom in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and one at STEM School Highlands Ranch, a K-12 outside Denver, Colorado, only minutes from Columbine High School. Events that were once unthinkable have become a regular part of our lives and… Read More

Mental Health Issues: An Illness, not a Choice

This month, May, is Mental Health Awareness Month. Strive, and our sister company Veteran & First Responder Healthcare, are dedicating our Facebook, blogs and other social media channels to highlight some of the major issues is Mental Health Awareness. While at Strive our focus is on treating substance use, overwhelmingly trauma and its resulting mental health issues are at the… Read More

Strive and STOPit: Not Hopeless—Helping Youth Considering Self-Harm

The technology company STOPit this week published the following post and interview with clinicians at Strive Health Paramus. STOPit provides anonymous and configurable reporting through a mobile app, web app and phone hotline, empowering individuals to safely report behavioral health issues. Visit them online at https://stopitsolutions.com/about-stopit/. Note: This post may trigger an adverse reaction. If it is beginning to upset… Read More

Watch: First Responders to the Rescue, but Who Supports Them?

Today we post the second of a series of short video clips, all of which aim to make it clear why VFR is a different kind of rehab for Veterans and first responders.  The first highlighted our experience as vets and first responders ourselves, embodied in our tagline: "We ARE You." The second highlights the courage, and  the treatment needs… Read More

VFR Chief Clinical Officer Dr. John M. Rodolico Receives 2019 William James College Mental Health Leadership Award

"A caring, competent person, who works tirelessly for people, in order to make an impact.." said Brigadier General John Driscoll, commander of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, of VFR's own Chief Clinical Officer Dr. John Rodolico on March 6 at William James College. The General made his remarks as Dr. Rodolico was honored with the 2019 William James College Mental… Read More