Drug and Alcohol Addiction

What Is Dry Drunk Syndrome?

By |2019-06-12T16:01:43-04:00June 11th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

True recovery involves more than mere abstinence. Someone who has quit drinking, but has yet to embrace the characteristics associated with a wellness-focused sober lifestyle, is sometimes referred to by others in recovery as a dry drunk. The term dry drunk is an oxymoron, meaning that a person is behaving in ways that are associated [...]

Enabling vs. Helping: How to Handle a Loved One’s Substance Abuse

By |2019-05-30T15:59:38-04:00May 29th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

What's the best way to handle a friend or family member's substance abuse? Your first impulse may be to try to "save" your loved one, but there's a fine line between helping and enabling. Understanding how to avoid enabling will make it easier to encourage your loved one to get the treatment they need. Acknowledge [...]

Who Needs to Know Your Sobriety Story?

By |2019-05-08T23:28:34-04:00May 8th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|

Your Recovery Journey After you've completed residential treatment at St. Joseph Institute for Addiction, you have the skills necessary to build a sober life for yourself. However, it's natural to find yourself feeling conflicted in regards to sharing your recovery journey with others. It may be helpful to think of your recovery in the same [...]

Parenting in Recovery: How to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Children

By |2019-04-28T16:00:44-04:00April 25th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

Recovery is a time of new beginnings. For many parents, this means improving their relationship with their children. No matter what challenges your family has faced in the past, there's always hope for a brighter tomorrow and a healthier family dynamic. Self-Care Is Not Selfish Despite the hype over helicopter parents and tiger moms, it's [...]

6 Ways to Help an Alcoholic

By |2019-04-22T13:02:10-04:00April 20th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts|

Watching someone you care about spiral out of control is heartbreaking. If your friend or family member is showing signs of an alcohol use disorder, you may feel as though you're hopelessly watching from the sidelines. However, there are several steps you can take to encourage your loved one to acknowledge the problem and begin [...]

Understanding the Connection Between Addiction and Divorce

By |2019-03-28T10:24:19-04:00March 27th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

Although most people think of infidelity and financial issues as the top causes of divorce, addiction is also a factor cited by many couples who are ending their marriages. Drug and alcohol abuse create a dysfunctional home environment that can strain even the most loving of relationships. However, addiction doesn't need to result in divorce [...]

Giving Back in Recovery

By |2019-03-12T13:00:18-04:00March 11th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

In the earliest stages of recovery, it's best to focus solely on self-care. However, once you've gone through withdrawal and built a foundation for sobriety, it's time to start thinking about how you can give back to others. Benefits of Giving Back in Recovery St. Francis of Assisi once said, “For it is in giving [...]

Understanding the Medications Commonly Used in Addiction Treatment

By |2019-02-28T10:19:34-04:00February 27th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Resource|

Addiction treatment plans are personalized to suit individual needs. In some cases, this may include the use of prescription medication to treat withdrawal symptoms, stabilize mood, and promote a solid foundation for recovery. Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction Medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction helps reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms and control [...]

5 Issues Affecting Women Who Struggle with Addiction

By |2019-02-14T13:28:41-04:00February 14th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Recommended Reading|

No two people with substance use disorders are exactly alike, but women who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction often face certain challenges that are related to their gender. For the best chance at a lasting recovery, these issues must be addressed as part of a comprehensive treatment program. 1. Pregnancy Substance abuse impairs judgement, [...]

Alcohol Abuse in Romantic Relationships: Breaking the Cycle

By |2019-02-06T13:26:37-04:00February 5th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth|

Alcohol abuse doesn't just affect the person with a substance use disorder. The effects of addiction also influence relationships with loved ones, especially spouses or romantic partners. Taking the time to better understand what relationship issues are linked to alcohol abuse can help you create healthier bonds as you move forward with your recovery. How [...]