Monthly Archives: June 2015

Practicing Recovery: Grounding & Centering

By |2018-11-02T12:48:06+00:00June 19th, 2015|Practicing Recovery|

We have shared many blog posts about recovery as a process, as a habit that takes daily practice and attention. We’ve talked about the many triggers of relapse, from stress to poor health to depression. Another major trigger for relapse is a feeling of restlessness, of being scattered, of losing control over our circumstances or [...]

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Practicing Recovery: Breath Work

By |2018-10-23T17:54:22+00:00June 19th, 2015|Practicing Recovery|

All residents at St. Joseph Institute learn about breath work: what it is, how to do it, and why it helps. But breathing is one of the easiest practices to overlook. We breathe without thinking about it, and we often “forget to breathe” when we experience stress. When our residents finish treatment and return to their [...]

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Practicing Recovery: Managing Negative Thoughts

By |2018-10-23T17:55:10+00:00June 19th, 2015|Practicing Recovery|

“Don’t believe everything you think.” This short, simple phrase is the key to managing negative thoughts. Why manage negative thoughts? Negative thinking supports negative emotions, and the two together lead to feelings of stress, powerlessness, and the need for escape. In short, negative thinking can lead to relapse. Our training materials at St. Joseph Institute [...]

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Practicing Recovery: Nutrition

By |2018-10-23T17:56:13+00:00June 12th, 2015|Practicing Recovery|

FACT: Addicts in active stages of using drugs and alcohol are malnourished. FACT: Good nutrition actually impacts cravings for drugs and alcohol. Residents at St. Joseph Institute learn these two facts (and many more!) in classes about how to replenish their bodies with nutrients that addiction has depleted. But it’s easy to live a healthy [...]

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Recommended Reading: Comfort Food

By |2018-10-23T17:57:22+00:00June 10th, 2015|Recommended Reading|

Recommended 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 [...]

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