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Antidepressants and Addiction Recovery

By |2021-01-15T11:35:59-05:00January 13th, 2021|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

Often, people who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction also suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Treating these underlying conditions is an essential part of the substance abuse recovery process. How Are Antidepressants Used in Addiction Recovery? Antidepressants are prescription medications that can be used to treat a wide [...]

Before You Can Help Others, You Need to Help Yourself

By |2020-12-31T13:11:02-05:00December 29th, 2020|Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|

Quick Fixes Can Be Risky When life gets hectic, it's easy to search for a quick fix to all of your problems. Relaxing with a drink or a few pills at the end of the day might seem harmless, but this behavior can easily turn into a full-fledged substance use disorder if you have an [...]

Managing Your Emotions During the Holidays

By |2020-12-11T21:34:41-05:00December 8th, 2020|Holiday, Practicing Recovery|

Although pop culture often makes it sound like the holidays are a time of endless joy, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is difficult for many people. Family conflicts, financial worries, and the stress of living up to the expectation of creating "perfect" memories can make emotions run high—even for people who aren't [...]

Coping with Loneliness During the Holidays

By |2020-12-04T11:49:16-05:00December 2nd, 2020|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Holiday|

If you're not feeling particularly festive this year, you're far from alone. Even without the added stress of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the holidays can be a time of loneliness for many people. To avoid putting your newfound sobriety at risk, it's important to have a plan to minimize the negative effects of loneliness on [...]

How Gratitude Helps Build Resilience in Recovery

By |2020-11-19T15:52:09-05:00November 18th, 2020|Grateful Addict, Practicing Recovery|

Although gratitude takes center stage during the Thanksgiving holiday, reminding yourself of what you're most grateful for should be a year-round practice. Gratitude helps build the resilience you’ll need to tackle the challenges you’ll face on the road to recovery. The Benefits of Gratitude Gratitude does not minimize the struggles a person experiences. As a [...]

Spirituality and Addiction Recovery

By |2020-11-13T11:37:59-05:00November 11th, 2020|Practicing Recovery, The Path of Addiction Recovery|

Building the foundation for a lasting recovery involves more than simply abstaining from drugs and alcohol. Addiction affects the mind, body, and spirit—which means lasting recovery requires a holistic approach. At St. Joseph Institute for Addiction, we encourage you to explore your spirituality as part of our comprehensive treatment approach. Benefits of Spirituality in Addiction [...]

How to Help a Friend Enter Rehab

By |2020-10-23T16:56:12-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Resource|

Whether you've known for some time that your friend is struggling with a substance use disorder or you only recently became aware of the problem, it's wonderful that you want to show your support for their desire to seek treatment. Worrying about saying—or doing—the wrong thing is understandable, but to ease your concerns the team [...]

Don’t Let Grief Trigger a Relapse

By |2020-10-10T15:45:44-04:00October 9th, 2020|Practicing Recovery, Relapse|

The loss of a loved one is already considered one of the most painful experiences a person can go through, but the grieving process has been complicated for many by the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. If you're mourning a friend or family member who has recently passed, it's important to proactively manage your [...]

September Is National Recovery Month: A Reminder That Recovery Is Always Possible

By |2020-09-24T13:32:54-04:00September 21st, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|

National Recovery Month is observed every September to recognize the struggles faced by those who have been diagnosed with substance use disorders or other mental health conditions. For 31 years, National Recovery Month celebrations have served as a reminder that there's always hope for recovery no matter what challenges a person has faced in the [...]

Helping Your Bipolar Loved One Stay Sober

By |2020-09-11T15:14:29-04:00September 9th, 2020|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Family Resource|

A Dual Diagnosis The symptoms of bipolar disorder can often be masked by active substance abuse, but these conditions are two separate mental health issues. For a lasting recovery, both must be treated simultaneously. If your loved one has been diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and a substance use disorder, educating yourself on this dual [...]