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What Are Gateway Drugs?

Over the years, researchers have developed a number of theories to explain why some people struggle with addiction and others do not. One of the best-known theories regarding the development of substance use disorders is the gateway hypothesis. Understanding the Gateway Hypothesis The gateway hypothesis has been around since the 1970s and states that certain [...]

By |2021-04-12T12:05:19-04:00April 12th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Resource|0 Comments

Ecstasy May Look Like Candy, But It’s Far from Sweet

Ecstasy tablets often look like candy, but they're definitely not a harmless treat. These brightly colored tablets are frequently decorated with imprints of cartoon characters or product logos and sold on stretchy candy necklaces to be worn at raves or concerts. However, the hallucinogenic and stimulant effects of the drug can lead to a wide [...]

By |2021-03-28T18:50:34-04:00March 28th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|0 Comments

Young People Often Don’t Understand the Risks Associated with Club Drugs

The term club drugs is often used to refer to drugs that are primarily used at nightclubs, concerts, bars, parties, and raves. LSD, GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, ecstasy (MDMA), and methamphetamine are some examples of common club drugs. Club Drug Dangers Young people who experiment with club drugs out of a desire to fit in, unwind, [...]

By |2021-03-28T12:50:19-04:00March 18th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|0 Comments

Getting Help for a Loved One Who Is Addicted to Cocaine

Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant made from the coca plant that is native to South America. It is most often sold as a fine white powder that is snorted into the nose, rubbed into the gums, or dissolved in water and injected with a needle. The drug can also be found as [...]

What to Do When Your Adult Child Struggles with Addiction

Parenting, Addiction, and Recovery Parenting is never easy—especially when you know your child is suffering. If your adult child has a drug or alcohol problem, you may feel powerless to help and afraid of what the future will hold. At St. Joseph Institute for Addiction, we believe recovery is possible for all those who desire [...]

A Guide to Clonazepam Addiction

Sold under the brand name Klonopin, clonazepam is used to treat panic disorders in adults, as well as seizure disorders in both adults and children. Like other benzodiazepines, clonazepam has a high potential for abuse and addiction because it creates feelings of peace, relaxation, and euphoria. About Clonazepam Clonazepam was first introduced to the United [...]

By |2021-01-27T11:11:29-05:00January 26th, 2021|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|0 Comments

Antidepressants and Addiction Recovery

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

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 [...]

By |2020-12-31T13:11:02-05:00December 29th, 2020|Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|0 Comments

Managing Your Emotions During the Holidays

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 [...]

By |2020-12-11T21:34:41-05:00December 8th, 2020|Holiday, Practicing Recovery|0 Comments

Coping with Loneliness During the Holidays

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 [...]

By |2020-12-04T11:49:16-05:00December 2nd, 2020|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Holiday|0 Comments