One of the hardest things you will ever have to do is grieve the loss of someone who is still alive.”

Nearly 21 million Americans struggle with substance abuse, though they are not the only ones who suffer. The loved ones of people with substance abuse disorders, be it family or friends, suffer the consequences at all. It is no secret nor surprise that addiction does not discriminate and can incapacitate people from all backgrounds, family structures and financial situations.

St. John’s Recovery Place works hard to battle addiction. We open our doors and our hearts to all who pass through, and are relentless in restoring people’s mental health for the sake of successful sobriety. Different efforts are being made nationwide to fight the opioid crisis, such as New Jersey’s recent free distribution of Naloxone earlier this week. However, one of the most important parts of ensuring an addict’s successful recovery is knowing the signs of active addiction and how to handle them. It is our duty at SJRP to restore those who are suffering to good health; in every case, it is useful for loved ones to know the signs and address them promptly.

  • Changes in personality behavior such as lack of motivation or agitation
  • Shakes, tremors or slurred speech
  • Lack of concern for personal hygiene
  • Financial problems
  • Bloodshot eyes and frequent bloody noses

These are just a few signs that may indicate someone is struggling with a substance abuse issue. It is important to take note of these signs early on for the sake of early intervention. No matter how frequently or heavily someone drinks or uses drugs, one time is all it takes to be the final time. To avoid furthering dependency issues, health complications or even death, become familiar with the red flags. It is never too late to save someone no matter how far gone they appear. St. John’s Recovery Place is here to fight the opioid crisis and alcoholism, armed with knowledge and therapeutic resources.

Addiction does not discriminate and neither does St. John’s Recovery Place. No matter your background nor backstory, we are on your side and ready to fight for you to enjoy sobriety. Some of our helpful resources include animal-assisted therapy, art therapy, music therapy and more. We are proud to be building a safe space in the communities of sober Florida and will never give up on our mission nor our clients.