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Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Coping with Chronic Pain During COVID-19

By |2020-09-04T12:59:36-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|

What Is Chronic Pain? Chronic pain is defined as pain that is experienced on most days of the week for a period of six months or more. A wide range of medical conditions, including osteoarthritis, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, and migraines, have been linked to chronic pain. In total, the U.S. Pain Foundation estimates that [...]

How Alcohol Affects Your Immune System

By |2020-07-13T12:56:04-04:00July 10th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|

The Importance of a Strong Immune System The coronavirus pandemic has bought newfound attention to the importance of a strong immune system. Individuals with underlying medical conditions that weaken the immune system have an increased risk of developing COVID-19 complications that can lead to hospitalization or death. Alcohol weakens the body's immune system in several [...]

Don’t Put Off Rehab Over COVID-19 Fears

By |2020-06-25T15:40:58-04:00June 21st, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|

Now Is the Time If you've been worried about your drinking or drug use, you might find yourself wondering whether it's better to seek treatment now or to wait until the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has passed. While we understand your concern, the team at St. Joseph Institute for Addiction's Pennsylvania residential drug and alcohol treatment [...]

Symptoms of Addiction You Might Not Have Seen Before Quarantine

By |2020-05-28T12:51:55-04:00May 26th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

Harder to Hide The signs of addiction are often very subtle—especially in the early stages of a substance use disorder. This means that in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, they can be easy to miss. One unexpected effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is that quarantine restrictions have made it easier to spot potential [...]

Self-Care: Focusing on Your Recovery During a Pandemic

By |2020-04-28T15:27:18-04:00April 24th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|

Things have changed a lot recently, for most everyone across the world. Daily routines and schedules have been upended. Anxieties are running high and fear has crept into the spaces that routine and comfort used to fill. Staying Informed We want to stay informed; in fact we need to. But the world, its leaders, and [...]

Is Depression Derailing Your Recovery Progress?

By |2020-04-02T14:11:31-04:00March 31st, 2020|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

Although everyone has good days and bad days, depression is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness that interfere with day-to-day functioning. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders and can pose a significant threat to your recovery if it's not properly addressed. Depression as a Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorder Many people initially [...]

Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction

By |2020-03-21T14:52:06-04:00March 20th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

It's not always easy to tell if someone is struggling with a substance use disorder. Since the condition is classified as a chronic and progressive illness, someone can appear to be quite functional to the casual observer yet still have significant problems related to their drug or alcohol use. Understanding Terms If you are worried [...]

Talking to Teens About Substance Abuse: Tips for Parents in Recovery

By |2020-03-07T15:41:34-05:00March 6th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

Talking to teens about substance abuse is never easy, but the conversation often proves particularly challenging for parents in recovery. At St. Joseph Institute for Addiction, we know that breaking the cycle of addiction is a top priority for many of the parents in our Pennsylvania drug and alcohol addiction treatment program. In this post, [...]

Move Forward in Your Recovery by Breaking Free from the Victim Mentality

By |2020-01-09T17:49:34-05:00January 8th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth|

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ― Carl Gustav Jung Breaking Free Recovery is a new chapter in the story of your life, but it's up to you to decide what happens next. By breaking free from the victim mentality that plagues so many people who are [...]

Overcoming Denial and Promoting Addiction Recovery

By |2019-11-14T10:55:28-05:00November 12th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|

Denial is often described as one of the primary roadblocks to addiction recovery. Admitting that you feel lost and powerless is never easy, so it's understandable that men and women struggling with substance abuse would prefer not to acknowledge the extent of their problem. However, there's a good reason that the first step of the [...]