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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.

Robin Williams: The Power of Choice?

 Do we have control over our thoughts through the power of choice? 

Do we have control over our thoughts? Think about it for a second; do you believe that you control your thoughts? Sure, there are times when random thoughts pop into your head, and sometimes they may be downright twisted and strange, but if you become mindful, aren’t you able to direct your thoughts elsewhere? As a matter of fact, test it now; direct your thoughts in a direction of your choosing. When other thoughts creep in, as they sometimes do, simply think of something else. Did you do it? For some it may be easy while others may struggle a bit, but with practice, you can do it. It’s called mindfulness, and it is the only known “cure” for the world’s most common behavioral and emotional problems.

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  • 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

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