alcohol & substance abuse

6 Tips for Talking to Your Teen About Underage Drinking

By |2018-10-24T11:19:45+00:00April 13th, 2017|Family Resource|

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This observance, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), stresses the need for education regarding alcoholism and addiction recovery. At St. Joseph Institute, we stand together with NCADD to encourage an open and honest conversation about the risks associated with underage drinking. In this post, we'll [...]

Staying Sober on New Year’s Eve

By |2018-10-23T16:50:20+00:00December 22nd, 2016|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holiday, Practicing Recovery|

For people in recovery, New Year’s Eve can present a minefield of obstacles to staying sober that aren’t present on other holidays. There is the idea that celebrating the change from one year to the next is linked with popping corks and consuming alcohol. Anyone who plans a quiet evening or who doesn’t join a [...]

Is there room at the Inn?

By |2018-10-23T19:22:37+00:00September 25th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

People often ask us “what does faith-based mean?”  “Does it mean that you will be preaching at me?”  “Will I be welcome if I don’t participate in organized religion?” “Can you help me re-connect with my faith?” These are important questions.  In a world where all-to-often we see people seeking to impose their beliefs on [...]

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Drugs in the Workplace: Bad for Business

By |2018-10-23T19:24:09+00:00September 20th, 2013|Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

Michelle didn’t seem to take her job too seriously; she was usually 5-10 minutes late, took an excessive amount of breaks and often called in sick, all without remorse. However, she was clearly one of the best saleswomen in the region. Her convivial way with shoppers carried over to managers, to whom she promised she [...]

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Consequences: A Critical Tool in Addiction Treatment

By |2018-10-23T19:27:27+00:00July 10th, 2013|Clinician Resource, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

When we acknowledge that addiction is a brain disease it becomes easier to understand that there is a battle going on inside the addict’s head.  They hear the “voice of the disease” saying that they need drugs and alcohol to cope with life, or they really don’t have a serious problem, or what they do [...]

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The Case Against Methadone, Suboxone and Other Medication-Assisted Treatments for Addiction

By |2018-10-23T19:28:31+00:00July 3rd, 2013|Heroin, The Path of Addiction Recovery|

I spend a lot of time talking to families determined to find help for a loved one who is addicted to drugs.  Inevitably the conversation includes the questions: “Aren’t there some medications that will make them stop?” “I’ve heard about Suboxone, is that the answer?” “Will Vivitrol cure my son’s addiction?” How wonderful it would [...]

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7 Hard Truths About Opiate Addiction

By |2018-10-23T19:29:35+00:00June 21st, 2013|Family Resource, Heroin|

**Updated August 2017** I recently spoke with a young man who was “having a problem with opiates.”  In actuality, he was trying hard to convince both himself and me that his prescription medication abuse wasn’t serious.  Certainly he felt it would be wrong to call himself an “addict.” The hard facts make it impossible to [...]

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Not All Drug & Alcohol Rehabs Are Equal

By |2018-10-23T19:31:47+00:00June 11th, 2013|For Families of Addicts|

I don’t like to voice criticism of other rehab programs.  Every business has some players that are focused more on making money than providing quality service.  But when there are lives being hurt, it’s time to speak out. This morning I was contacted by a mother who was frantic following a phone call from her [...]

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Station 1: Addicts face Abandonment & Rejection

By |2018-11-02T16:39:08+00:00April 3rd, 2013|Spiritual Reflections|

In the next several blogs we'll discuss connections between the Stations of the Cross and the stages of addiction. The first Station is about Jesus' condemnation to death; just like many addicts, He felt a sense of abandonment and rejection. Many people have life experiences which cause them to feel abandoned or rejected. These feelings [...]

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Stations of the Cross for Addiction Recovery

By |2018-11-02T16:38:54+00:00March 20th, 2013|Spiritual Reflections|

The Stations of the Cross is a prayer that facilitates union with God through the passion of Christ. Traditionally, it is a devotion practiced largely by Catholics, particularly on Fridays during the season of Lent. Over the years we’ve come to appreciate this devotion as being far more than a simple recitation of prayers. In [...]

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