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Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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 [...]

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Substance Use Disorders

By |2019-10-31T18:45:03-04:00October 30th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holistic Treatment|

What Is CBT? When many people think of going to therapy, they are imagining the traditional Freudian psychoanalysis they've seen on TV and in movies. They picture laying on a comfy couch while a therapist asks about their childhood to determine how these experiences have caused their current problems. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is nothing [...]

Paying for Addiction Treatment

By |2019-09-26T13:01:12-04:00September 24th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

Evidence-based addiction treatment helps build the foundation for a lasting recovery, but it's understandable to worry about how to afford the care you need. However, there are many options available—regardless of whether you have access to private health insurance coverage. Paying for Treatment with Insurance The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to [...]

What You Need to Know About CBT for Addiction Treatment

By |2019-09-14T15:01:30-04:00September 13th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Resource|

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented form of psychotherapy that focuses on solving immediate concerns and helping people with substance use disorders develop the skills they need to stay sober. It’s much less intensive than other forms of psychotherapy, which means it can typically be completed as part of a 30-, 45-, or 90-day [...]

Tweaking Your Diet to Control Drug and Alcohol Cravings

By |2019-09-11T16:41:27-04:00August 8th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holistic Treatment|

Cravings Are Normal Experiencing cravings for drugs or alcohol is a normal part of the addiction recovery process. It's nothing to be ashamed of, although the experience can be uncomfortable. In most cases, cravings pass on their own within 10 to 15 minutes. However, you can help limit your cravings by tweaking your diet to [...]

Trauma and Addiction: What’s the Connection?

By |2019-09-11T16:42:07-04:00July 30th, 2019|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

It's difficult to say with certainty what causes some individuals to develop a drug or alcohol addiction. Substance use disorders are chronic biologically based illnesses with complex environmental triggers. However, exposure to trauma—especially during the childhood years—is strongly linked to an increased risk of developing an addiction. Defining Trauma Trauma can affect many aspects of [...]