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Searching for Shortcuts: When Addiction Treatment Fails

By |2019-09-11T16:57:02-04:00May 27th, 2015|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Relapse, The Path of Addiction Recovery|

It is part of our culture, our daily practices, perhaps even our DNA: the desire to do things faster, easier, and with minimal sacrifice. Let’s face it. We want shortcuts. While finding a quicker route to the grocery store can help us save time and even gas money, when we try to take shortcuts to self-improvement, we often [...]

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“I Will Not Relapse”: Introducing Our Free Recovery Workbook

By |2019-09-11T17:19:40-04:00April 15th, 2015|Clinician Resource, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts, Relapse, Resource|

Addiction destroys lives and families, hopes and dreams. Addiction is a disease, and everyone hopes for a cure. Why wouldn't they? A cure is easy; it is, by definition, a one-time event. Who wouldn't want to take a pill, get a vaccine, or even have surgery if it meant they would never again have to [...]

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An Addict’s New Year

By |2018-10-23T18:03:07-04:00January 9th, 2015|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holiday, The Path of Addiction Recovery|

It’s time for change. Each year the statistics for addiction and its impact on individuals, families, businesses, and communities are released, piling on those from the previous year.  Sadly, the numbers keep getting worse: more people die, more accidents occur, more people go to jail, and too few seek help. Let’s make this year different. [...]

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Beating the Odds on Relapse

By |2018-10-23T18:04:02-04:00December 29th, 2014|Aftercare, Relapse|

You will have dozens of questions when you start to talk about relapse, and the answers are often confusing or contradictory. Is the success rate for recovery 10 percent? 25 percent? 50 percent? 75 percent? Can an alcoholic or addict establish long-term recovery, or does everyone relapse at some time? Are some treatment approaches better [...]

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Afraid to Love: The Enabling Dilemma

By |2018-10-23T18:26:21-04:00October 27th, 2014|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts, Miscellaneous|

A mother called very upset that her son had not been approved for admission to St. Joseph Institute. I explained that he wasn’t ready for treatment. He wasn’t ready to stop using his drugs. He had no motivation to get clean beyond the desire to “get his parents off his back.” “What can I do [...]

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God is Good

By |2018-10-23T18:27:11-04:00October 14th, 2014|Personal Growth|

One of the great joys in addiction treatment is hearing from our graduates.  While recovery is not easy, and life has many challenges, there are victories that lift us up and help us all move forward.  The following e-mails arrived today and have put a huge smile on my face and energy in my step. [...]

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St. Joseph Institute for Addiction 2014/15 Commercial

By |2019-09-14T16:12:24-04:00October 10th, 2014|Miscellaneous|

Most addiction treatment centers in America have used the same program for decades – without great results.  St. Joseph Institute has developed a new approach that is far more personal and strives to help the whole person heal.  Founder Jenny Sheetz explains why “not all rehabs are equal.”  

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Addiction is a Thief

By |2018-10-23T18:30:54-04:00October 9th, 2014|Miscellaneous|

Tears began to roll down the mother’s face as she talked about Emma.  “She was always kind and considerate, such a beautiful girl …and then it all changed when she started using drugs.  Now she lies, is so angry, and has stolen from my husband and me.  Some days I don’t even know who she [...]

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Winning is Everything

By |2018-10-23T18:31:45-04:00August 11th, 2014|Aftercare, Relapse|

In addiction recovery, “almost” is never good enough. No issue in addiction treatment is of greater importance than the prevention of relapse.  Sobriety is never an optional goal.  It is the “finish line” that justifies the time, expense, and constant effort.  Anything less may not represent failure -- for there may be signs of significant [...]

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The Chicken or the Egg?

By |2018-10-23T18:32:37-04:00July 15th, 2014|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Holistic Treatment|

If only life was a true reflection of the fairy tales our mothers read to us as small children.  There was a problem, with courage and determination it was overcome, and everyone could then live happily ever after.  The illusion was that there was only one problem, and that if it was resolved, everything else [...]

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