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Understanding the Relationship Between Binge Drinking and Alcohol Addiction

By |2020-10-19T11:09:01-04:00October 19th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

The relationship between binge drinking and alcoholism is often misunderstood. The majority of binge drinkers are not physically dependent on alcohol, but binge drinking is considered a significant risk factor for developing an alcohol use disorder. What Is Binge Drinking? Binge drinking refers to consuming large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time. [...]

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Understanding the Relationship Between Alcohol and Depression

By |2018-10-23T13:40:53-04:00October 12th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts|

The relationship between alcohol and depression is deceptive. Since drinking is often a part of social gatherings, it may seem like a few beers would be a great way to take your mind off your troubles. However, alcohol can actually worsen depression symptoms. In some cases, it may even induce depression in someone with no [...]

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How to Plan an Intervention

By |2018-10-23T13:42:03-04:00October 5th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

An intervention is often the best way for someone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction to begin their path to recovery. People struggling with substance abuse are often suffering from denial about the extent of their problem, so hearing firsthand how their actions have affected their loved ones can serve as a wake-up call. This [...]

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An Interview with Emily Benjamin, Alumni Coordinator & PRN Counselor

By |2018-10-23T13:42:57-04:00September 28th, 2017|12 Steps, Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Grateful Addict|

Meet St. Joseph Institute’s Alumni/Aftercare Coordinator and PRN Counselor, Emily Benjamin. An alumna of St. Joseph Institute (SJI) and a self-professed nerd, Emily brings joy and enthusiasm to her work. Her passion comes in large part from her own experience as a recovering addict and the thrill she finds in being able to live life [...]

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6 Personality Traits Linked to Addiction

By |2018-07-30T13:30:50-04:00September 13th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts|

Although there is no one set addictive personality type, researchers who study the causes of addiction have found a number of traits that are closely linked to an increased risk of drug or alcohol abuse. 1. Impulsivity Impulsive people are often viewed as fun to be around due to their spontaneous nature, but this personality [...]

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What Is Withdrawal?

By |2018-10-23T13:44:37-04:00September 5th, 2017|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

Withdrawal is the first step towards addiction recovery, but it's an often misunderstood part of the process. Why Withdrawal Occurs The term withdrawal refers to the symptoms someone with a substance abuse problem experiences after suddenly stopping the use of drugs or alcohol. Withdrawal typically begins within a few hours of when the abused substance [...]

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Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders: A Double Whammy for Treatment Goals

By |2019-09-11T17:10:26-04:00August 25th, 2017|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

Co-occurring disorders are mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or OCD, that occur in people who are also suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. This is sometimes referred to as a dual diagnosis. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that most mentally ill people who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction are [...]

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7 Surprising Benefits of Massage Therapy During Recovery

By |2018-10-23T13:45:50-04:00August 16th, 2017|Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holistic Treatment|

If you're interested in a holistic approach to addressing your substance abuse issues, massage therapy may be an option to consider. Although it's not a commonly used part of addiction treatment, massage therapy offers several benefits to people in recovery. Here are some of the reasons why: 1. Promotes Detoxification The squeezing and pulling motions [...]

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Signs of Opioid Addiction

By |2020-02-11T17:39:23-05:00August 9th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Heroin|

Opioid abuse remains a serious public health issue throughout the United States. This is, however, an often misunderstood type of addiction, since many people who use opioid pain medication have a valid reason for doing so and abusers often begin due to an appropriately diagnosed medical condition. About Opioids Opioids are a type of narcotic [...]

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Principles of Effective Addiction Treatment

By |2020-10-19T10:54:28-04:00July 28th, 2017|For Families of Addicts, Resource|

Every addiction treatment program aims to help clients stop using drugs or alcohol, stay sober, and become productive members of society. However, this doesn't mean that all treatment programs are the same. If you're considering addiction treatment for yourself or someone you love, it's important to be aware of the basic principles that an effective [...]

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