Family Resource

Understanding the Continuum of Care in Addiction Treatment

By |2019-09-11T16:52:27-04:00June 24th, 2018|Aftercare, Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|

"Continuum of care" is a phrase that's commonly used in addiction treatment, but many people seeking help for a substance use disorder find themselves wondering exactly what this means. Essentially, continuum of care refers to having a detailed plan for what services a person needs to help him or her stay sober after seeking residential [...]

Understanding the Relationship Between Poverty and Addiction

By |2019-09-11T16:53:04-04:00June 18th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

The relationship between addiction and poverty is complicated. Lower income people are slightly more likely to struggle with drug or alcohol abuse, but this doesn't necessarily mean that poverty causes addiction. In some cases, financial troubles are the result of a substance use disorder. Poverty Increases Addiction Risk Factors There are several ways in which [...]

Using Self-Help Books to Support Your Addiction Recovery

By |2018-10-23T13:09:33-04:00May 30th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts, Recommended Reading|

There are thousands of self-help books promising to teach readers the secret to leading a better life, including many dealing with addiction recovery. Although you can't cure drug or alcohol addiction simply by reading a book, self-help books can increase your understanding of addiction and help you figure out ways to handle cravings, codependent family [...]

Addiction Resources in Central Pennsylvania

By |2018-11-02T12:42:44-04:00May 9th, 2018|Aftercare, Family Resource|

St. Joseph Institute for Addiction's rehab programs can provide you with medically supervised detox and counseling to build the skills necessary for sobriety. However, since addiction is a chronic illness, you may find it helpful to take advantage of some of these community-based resources for ongoing support. Penn State Collegiate Recovery Center Penn State's Collegiate [...]

Is My Teen a High Functioning Addict?

By |2018-07-30T16:07:49-04:00April 24th, 2018|Family Resource|

The term high functioning addict refers to someone who is outwardly successful while inwardly struggling with addiction. In contrast to the stereotypical vision of an addict as someone who is disheveled in appearance, struggling financially, and frequently in trouble with the law, a high functioning addict appears to have it all together. People of all [...]

How to Let Go of Resentment Towards Your Addicted Parent

By |2018-07-30T11:50:38-04:00April 10th, 2018|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Parents are supposed to provide their children with a source of support, strength, and unconditional love. Unfortunately, the parent-child relationship can be severely strained by the burden of addiction. Find a Way to Confront Your Feelings Parental addiction is more common than one might expect. Studies estimate that more than 28 million people in the [...]

Sober Activities for Families

By |2018-10-23T13:20:42-04:00March 23rd, 2018|Aftercare, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

A lasting recovery requires you to replace harmful habits with healthy alternatives. Family-friendly recreation lets you stay on track with your sobriety while making special memories with the people you care about the most. Although it's always a good idea to chat with your family to see what activities are of interest, here are some [...]

How Codependency Enables Addiction

By |2018-07-26T18:01:18-04:00January 23rd, 2018|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Codependency is a common response to the challenges associated with loving someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, even though the behaviors associated with codependency can seem positive on the surface, they will eventually have the negative effect of continuing to enable your loved one's addiction. Understanding Codependency The term codependent refers to [...]

What to Expect During Your First Year of Recovery

By |2019-09-14T15:57:52-04:00January 9th, 2018|Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|

When you've made the decision to seek addiction treatment, it's hard to imagine what your life will be like without drugs or alcohol. Although no two people are exactly alike, this article outlines some of the issues you can expect to deal with during your first year in recovery. Withdrawal The term withdrawal refers to [...]

Post Rehab Do’s and Don’ts for Loved Ones

By |2018-07-30T12:26:17-04:00December 11th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

When your loved one comes home from rehab, it's natural to be nervous about what comes next. This guide will give you a basic framework for navigating some of the common challenges faced during the post-rehab adjustment period. Do Take Time to Educate Yourself If you've never struggled with drug or alcohol abuse yourself, it [...]