Recommended Reading

St. Joseph Institute would like to share a recent interview by Kurt Angle, alumnus of our inpatient program. During this candid conversation with ESPN Radio, Kurt reveals the extent of his addiction, as well as the pains and triumphs of finally achieving sobriety, noting St. Joseph Institute as the rehab facility that saved his life and recommending it to anyone looking for substance treatment.

Earlier in 2016, Kurt was inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame. Kurt has been a professional wrestler in the WWF, WWE, and TNA, racking up 13 world championships, including an Olympic gold medal. In fact, he has been described as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. In the midst of his career, Kurt battled with substance use and has since made a full, sustained recovery. We congratulate Kurt and encourage you to read and watch the interview about his inspirational journey.

ComfortFoodRecommended Reading:
Comfort Food: No One Brings Dinner When Your Daughter is an Addict
By Larry M. Lake, Slate, November 8, 2013

Do you have a son or daughter who struggles with addiction? Do you feel free to talk about your child’s addiction and its effects on your family with your friends and neighbors? More often than not, the stigma surrounding addiction generates an unspoken rule: don’t talk about it. This unfortunate attitude can make families feel isolated from their community during a time when they most need support.

Messiah College professor Larry M. Lake writes poignantly of his own daughter’s experience with bipolar disorder and addiction:

“Friends talk about cancer and other physical maladies more easily than about psychological afflictions. Breasts might draw blushes, but brains are unmentionable. These questions are rarely heard: “How’s your depression these days?” “What improvements do you notice now that you have treatment for your ADD?” “Do you find your manic episodes are less intense now that you are on medication?” “What does depression feel like?” “Is the counseling helpful?” A much smaller circle of friends than those who’d fed us during cancer now asked guarded questions. No one ever showed up at our door with a meal.”

Recovering addicts face a double standard: they are told they must be open and honest about their addiction even as the world around them treats addiction as a dirty secret.

We encourage you—the addict’s family and friends—to talk with each other, to ask for and give support, and to help educate your community about addiction. Let’s replace fear with accurate information and replace shame with love. Doing so will improve the addict’s chances of a successful recovery.

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