The story of St. Joseph’s is profoundly human, and while the individual experiences of those who come to us for healing are unique and often deeply personal, there are common themes in people who suffer from substance use disorder, both of the despair of the downward spiral of addiction, but also as was powerfully shared this past Saturday evening at the 47th annual Fellowship Reunion Dinner, of the life affirming victories of recovery.

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The 2019 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic traced the historic “Highway of the Adirondacks” this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with 275 boats beginning the event in Old Forge and concluding the race at the boat launch on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake where hundreds of spectators welcomed home some 500 finishers, including three boats from St. Joseph’s.

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), It is estimated that as many as 2.5 million people in the US are suffering from opioid addiction related to prescriptions, and an additional 467,000 are addicted to heroin.