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    Please Note: While reading this blog you may come across terms such as "alcoholic" "abuse" "addiction" or "addictive." St Jude's does not use these terms in our program to refer to someone with substance use problems, as they are deemed as harmful labels. Unfortunately society in general and the majority of treatment and rehab programs across the United States, refer to substance users with these labels every day.

Radio Show: The Power of Labels Over Addiction with Shira Goldberg

In this episode of the radio show, the host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, follows the tradition to open with a brief description of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. A layout of the topic on the power of labels over addiction follows. Trending topics in the local and national news are discussed in detail. CONTINUE READING

  • The Myth Of Adolescence And Substance Use With Dr. Epstein

    This episode of the Saint Jude Retreats radio show features the myth of adolescence and substance use with guest Dr. Robert Epstein. The radio show host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, opens the segment with a brief description of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. Trending topics follow, with local and national news connected to young adults. CONTINUE READING

  • Overmedication and Overdiagnosis of Normal Behavior

    This episode of Saint Jude Retreat’s Radio features the topic of overmedication and overdiagnosis in American society. It is a startling trend that many practitioners are easy to prescribe psychiatric medications, but what is even more bothering is the general attempt to diagnose normal behavior. The topic was provoked by the show’s guest, Dr. Allen Frances and his critique on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, also known as the DSM-V. CONTINUE READING

  • 5 Things You Can Do To Overcome Your Alcohol Problem Without the Label “Addict”

    The Disease Theory

    The disease theory of addiction, in this case alcoholism, might lead us to believe that people have little or no control over their drinking, because substance use (alcohol or drugs) is a brain disease. CONTINUE READING

  • Taking Control of Your Life after You Have Been Charged with a DWI or Drug Possession in Your Car

    A DWI or drug possession charge can have serious lifetime repercussions. First and foremost, it is important to understand that a criminal conviction in New York will be with you for life. There is no expungement or sealing of criminal records in New York State (except in the case of a juvenile). CONTINUE READING

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