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How Creativity Supports Addiction Recovery

By |2020-08-07T13:05:31-04:00August 6th, 2020|Practicing Recovery|

Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction requires a holistic approach that heals the mind, body, and spirit. For many people, sobriety provides an opportunity to explore their creative side. Benefits of Creativity in Addiction Recovery Creative pastimes provide a number of important benefits for people in recovery. For example: Creativity provides a safe place for [...]

Practicing Radical Acceptance in Recovery

By |2020-07-24T11:47:38-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Practicing Recovery|

Learning to face challenging situations without turning to drugs and alcohol for comfort is a crucial part of building the foundation for lasting sobriety. Radical acceptance, a concept associated with dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), can help. About Radical Acceptance Radical acceptance is a practice developed by Marsha Linehan. An Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral [...]

How Alcohol Affects Your Immune System

By |2020-07-13T12:56:04-04:00July 10th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|

The Importance of a Strong Immune System The coronavirus pandemic has bought newfound attention to the importance of a strong immune system. Individuals with underlying medical conditions that weaken the immune system have an increased risk of developing COVID-19 complications that can lead to hospitalization or death. Alcohol weakens the body's immune system in several [...]

Don’t Put Off Rehab Over COVID-19 Fears

By |2020-06-25T15:40:58-04:00June 21st, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|

Now Is the Time If you've been worried about your drinking or drug use, you might find yourself wondering whether it's better to seek treatment now or to wait until the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has passed. While we understand your concern, the team at St. Joseph Institute for Addiction's Pennsylvania residential drug and alcohol treatment [...]

How to Protect Your Mental Health During COVID-19

By |2020-06-19T12:43:48-04:00June 15th, 2020|Health, Recommended Reading|

In uncertain times, it's important to be proactive about managing your mental health. Use these tips to help you navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic as you continue to put sobriety first. Give Yourself Permission to Feel Sad It's perfectly reasonable to be upset by the changes COVID-19 has created in your [...]

Symptoms of Addiction You Might Not Have Seen Before Quarantine

By |2020-05-28T12:51:55-04:00May 26th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

Harder to Hide The signs of addiction are often very subtle—especially in the early stages of a substance use disorder. This means that in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, they can be easy to miss. One unexpected effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is that quarantine restrictions have made it easier to spot potential [...]

Staying Connected in Recovery While Staying Safe at Home

By |2020-05-13T13:02:25-04:00May 12th, 2020|Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|

Sober Support Networks Building a strong sober support network is one of the most important ways you can create the foundation for lasting sobriety. When you're not able to visit friends and family in person, staying connected can be a challenge. However, St. Joseph Institute for Addiction has compiled this list of fun ways you [...]

Coping with Stress in Addiction Recovery

By |2020-04-16T17:11:10-04:00April 15th, 2020|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Practicing Recovery|

Stress Can Be a Relapse Trigger Substance use disorders are chronic illnesses, which means your long-term treatment plan must include a strategy to manage relapse triggers. Everyone's experience is different, but stress is a very common trigger for relapse. Although some sources of stress can be easily avoided, it's impossible to create a stress-free environment. [...]

Is Depression Derailing Your Recovery Progress?

By |2020-04-02T14:11:31-04:00March 31st, 2020|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

Although everyone has good days and bad days, depression is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness that interfere with day-to-day functioning. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders and can pose a significant threat to your recovery if it's not properly addressed. Depression as a Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorder Many people initially [...]

Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction

By |2020-03-21T14:52:06-04:00March 20th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

It's not always easy to tell if someone is struggling with a substance use disorder. Since the condition is classified as a chronic and progressive illness, someone can appear to be quite functional to the casual observer yet still have significant problems related to their drug or alcohol use. Understanding Terms If you are worried [...]