Thursday, May 29, 2014

We're Hiring!!!!

We are hiring for a Tech Supervisor position, and also a Transportation Manager.

Tech Supervisor job duties would include:
  • Communication and Supervision of Tech Duties
  • Scheduling
  • Training
  • Client Supervision
Transportation Manager:
  • Supervision of Client Transports
  • Scheduling Transportation
  • Training
If you or anyone you know is interested please give us a call at (225)490-0999

Friday, May 9, 2014

Synthetic Drugs and the Growing Health Concern

Synthetic drugs have become a terrifying problem across the country, and the worst part is that they can be available over the counter at your local gas station, or convenience store. These synthetic drugs are marketed as spice, potpourri, or bath salts, with names like "Blue Cloud" or "Mojo". They are made to simulate the effects of drugs like marijuana, cocaine, or ecstasy. Because these synthetic drugs are sold over the counter many users think that they are legal, and safe, which is far from the truth. Synthetic marijuana use alone caused over 11,000 emergency room visits in 2010, and synthetic drug use caused 28,000 emergency room visits last year.

On Wednesday, May 7th the DEA raided synthetic drug manufacturers in 29 states. The crackdown was coordinated between more than 45 DEA offices, and hundreds of kilograms of the raw ingredients used to make the drugs were seized. Congress has regulated 26 of the synthetic drug combinations, but the drug manufacturers change the chemical formula of the drug as quickly as the regulations are passed. The problem is that very little, if any research goes into the changes they make to the drugs, or the short and long term effects. The manufacturers label the drugs as "Not for Human Consumption" to bypass FDA regulations, but people are still use them.
As with any drug information about the drug, its effects, and warning signs are important. If you suspect that a loved one may be using these synthetic drugs take the time to talk to them, and show them the evidence as to why these new types of drugs are so bad. Discuss the possible health risks, long term effects, and encourage them to make the right choices. Below are some of the warning signs of synthetic drug use:

  • out of control thinking
  • paranoia
  • panic
  • unwanted and overwhelming feelings of violence
  • hallucinations
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
These new drugs are a serious problem, and extremely harmful. If you think a loved one is using synthetic drugs do something before it is too late. If you think a loved one has overdosed on synthetic drugs call 911, or get them to a hospital as quickly as you can.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Its a Family Disease

One of the things that people in recovery have to come to terms with is that their actions affect others. Usually the people that are closest to the addict to are the ones who suffer the most.

Here at St. Christopher's we place a lot of importance on healing the relationships that were hurt, or even lost, due to addiction. We try to involve families and loved ones in the recovery process, because we want everyone to recover.

Throughout the course of treatment there a few different family therapy sessions that we ask families to attend. These family sessions allow families and loved ones to express themselves in an open, structured, and safe environment.

The work doesn't stop there though. The clients in our care are not only encouraged to go to meetings, but also to read the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous. There is a saying in Alcoholics Anonymous, time takes time. Recovery doesn't happen overnight, it is something that has to be cultivated, and it takes a continual effort.

Just as we encourage our clients to continually build upon their own sobriety, we ask their loved ones to do the same. Just as Alcoholics Anonymous has become a worldwide organization for people recovering from alcoholism and addiction, Al-Anon is there for the loved ones and families of people in recovery.  We encourage family members to attend Al-Anon meetings in their area so that they can begin to heal, and also to learn how to deal with their family member who is in recovery.

Another great resource for the families of people in recovery is the book "Codependent No More" by Melody Beattie. Codependency refers to the dependence on the needs of, or control of, another person. This book can be a great help to the families of people in recovery who have lived their lives around the addiction of a loved one. 

If you are tying to understand more about addiction, and how someone struggling with addiction thinks, you could read "Addictive Thinking" by Abraham Twerski. This is a book we use here at St. Christopher's to help our clients understand their own addiction. It is a short book, and very easy to read, but it provides a lot of insight.

For information about AL-Anon meetings in your area you can visit the Al-Anon website here: