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Opioid Epidemic Creates a Blurred Line Between Dependency and Abuse

By |2018-11-02T10:26:42+00:00October 8th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Heroin, Opioids|

With the opioid epidemic making headlines every week, it's understandable to be worried about the risk of addiction if you or someone you love has been prescribed opioids. However, you must remember that opioid medication does play a vital role in the management of chronic pain for certain individuals. It does these patients a disservice [...]

Don’t Derail Your Recovery with a Substitute Addiction

By |2018-10-23T13:01:11+00:00September 11th, 2018|Aftercare, Practicing Recovery, Relapse|

Certain personality traits have been proven to be associated with the development of substance use disorders. Exposure to trauma and a lack of a strong support system can also contribute to the development of unhealthy coping mechanisms. In some cases, this can include the development of substitute addictions after completing a drug or alcohol rehab [...]

Social Media Use in Recovery: What You Need to Know

By |2018-10-23T13:02:35+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Aftercare, Family Resource, Personal Growth|

Being in recovery means rethinking every aspect of your daily routine, including how you use social media. Your time online has the potential to either be a tool for sobriety or a threat to the recovery process. Advantages of Social Media in Recovery In some cases, social media can be an aid in the recovery [...]

SMART Recovery Offers a Possible 12-Step Alternative

By |2018-10-23T13:04:03+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Aftercare, Practicing Recovery|

If you're struggling to make the 12-Step process work for you, don't give up hope of a lasting recovery. Although Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar groups play a vital role in keeping millions of people clean and sober, these organizations aren't right for everyone. SMART Recovery is one AA alternative that you may wish to [...]

Understanding the Continuum of Care in Addiction Treatment

By |2018-10-23T13:05:02+00:00June 24th, 2018|Aftercare, Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|

"Continuum of care" is a phrase that's commonly used in addiction treatment, but many people seeking help for a substance use disorder find themselves wondering exactly what this means. Essentially, continuum of care refers to having a detailed plan for what services a person needs to help him or her stay sober after seeking residential [...]

Understanding the Relationship Between Poverty and Addiction

By |2018-10-23T13:05:58+00:00June 18th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

The relationship between addiction and poverty is complicated. Lower income people are slightly more likely to struggle with drug or alcohol abuse, but this doesn't necessarily mean that poverty causes addiction. In some cases, financial troubles are the result of a substance use disorder. Poverty Increases Addiction Risk Factors There are several ways in which [...]

The Rise of Substance Abuse Screenings at the Dentist’s Office

By |2018-10-23T13:07:05+00:00June 13th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Opioids|

During your next dental appointment, you may be asked about more than your brushing and flossing habits. A recent survey found that 77 percent of dentists now perform substance abuse screenings as part of routine exams. Why Are Dentists Are Worried About the Addiction Epidemic? Dentists may not be considered primary care providers, but dental [...]

Using Self-Help Books to Support Your Addiction Recovery

By |2018-10-23T13:09:33+00:00May 30th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts, Recommended Reading|

There are thousands of self-help books promising to teach readers the secret to leading a better life, including many dealing with addiction recovery. Although you can't cure drug or alcohol addiction simply by reading a book, self-help books can increase your understanding of addiction and help you figure out ways to handle cravings, codependent family [...]

Unintended Addictions to Prescription Painkillers Pose a Serious Threat

By |2018-10-23T13:10:38+00:00May 21st, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Heroin|

Although the general public often assumes anyone in rehab actively set out to develop an addiction, this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, most people who struggle with an addiction to prescription painkillers originally took their medication exactly as prescribed. Prescription painkillers are often viewed as safer than illegal drugs, but this misconception [...]

Addiction Resources in Central Pennsylvania

By |2018-11-02T12:42:44+00:00May 9th, 2018|Aftercare, Family Resource|

St. Joseph Institute for Addiction's rehab programs can provide you with medically supervised detox and counseling to build the skills necessary for sobriety. However, since addiction is a chronic illness, you may find it helpful to take advantage of some of these community-based resources for ongoing support. Penn State Collegiate Recovery Center Penn State's Collegiate [...]