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Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol and Opioids Are a Deadly Combo

By |2019-09-11T16:43:54-04:00July 19th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Opioids|

Legal doesn't mean safe. Since alcohol is legal for adults over the age of 21 and opioid painkillers are legal with a prescription, people often mistakenly assume that mixing the two is no big deal. This couldn't be further from the truth. How Addiction Develops Typically, people who are abusing both alcohol and opioids developed [...]

Understanding Addiction as a Chronic Disease

By |2019-09-11T16:45:12-04:00July 10th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

Unfortunately, graduating from residential treatment doesn't mean your substance use disorder has been cured. Addiction is considered a chronic disease, which means the condition must be continually managed to reduce the risk of relapse. The Chronic Nature of Addiction Chronic diseases are much more common than you might expect. According to the Centers for Disease [...]

Managing Depression and Anxiety Without Medication

By |2019-09-11T16:46:57-04:00June 26th, 2019|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

When it comes to managing depression and anxiety, there's no right answer. For some people, medication is a vital part of keeping their condition under control. For others, lifestyle changes let them work towards naturally improving their mental health. This article outlines several ways to manage depression and anxiety without the use of prescription drugs, [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Opioid Overdoses

By |2019-09-11T16:47:20-04:00June 22nd, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Heroin, Opioids|

The opioid epidemic is a public health emergency, but many people don't think about the potential consequences of opioid abuse until it's too late. If a loved one is taking opioids, even if they've been prescribed by a doctor, it's vital that you educate yourself about signs of a potential overdose. What Causes an Opioid [...]

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 |2019-09-11T16:48:15-04:00May 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 |2019-09-11T17:05:44-04:00May 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 |2019-09-11T17:01:55-04:00April 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 |2019-09-11T17:12:25-04:00March 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 [...]