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Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Substance Use Disorders

By |2019-10-31T18:45:03-05:00October 30th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holistic Treatment|

What Is CBT? When many people think of going to therapy, they are imagining the traditional Freudian psychoanalysis they've seen on TV and in movies. They picture laying on a comfy couch while a therapist asks about their childhood to determine how these experiences have caused their current problems. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is nothing [...]

Sober Living: 7 Things to Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving

By |2019-10-22T10:45:51-05:00October 21st, 2019|Grateful Addict, Holiday|

Gratitude If this is your first Thanksgiving in recovery, there's much to be grateful for. The skills you learned in St. Joseph Institute’s Pennsylvania drug and alcohol treatment center have built the foundation for a better life. Take some time to reflect on how far you've already come, then get ready to build an even [...]

What Is Urge Surfing?

By |2019-10-16T13:15:34-05:00October 15th, 2019|Practicing Recovery|

Learning to cope with cravings is one of the main challenges you'll face in early recovery. Urge surfing, a concept pioneered by the late psychologist Alan Marlatt, can help. About Urge Surfing Marlatt was a leading clinical psychologist in the field of addictive behaviors from the 1980s through the 2000s. His work focused on brief [...]

How Celebrate Recovery Can Help You Stay Sober

By |2019-10-04T16:47:32-05:00October 3rd, 2019|12 Steps, Practicing Recovery|

Since its inception in 1991, Celebrate Recovery has become a vital source of support for millions of men and women living with substance use disorders. The program is offered at over 35,000 locations around the world—including churches, rescue missions, recovery houses, universities, and prisons. If you've completed residential treatment and are preparing to make the [...]

Paying for Addiction Treatment

By |2019-09-26T13:01:12-05:00September 24th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

Evidence-based addiction treatment helps build the foundation for a lasting recovery, but it's understandable to worry about how to afford the care you need. However, there are many options available—regardless of whether you have access to private health insurance coverage. Paying for Treatment with Insurance The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to [...]

What You Need to Know About CBT for Addiction Treatment

By |2019-09-14T15:01:30-05:00September 13th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Resource|

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented form of psychotherapy that focuses on solving immediate concerns and helping people with substance use disorders develop the skills they need to stay sober. It’s much less intensive than other forms of psychotherapy, which means it can typically be completed as part of a 30-, 45-, or 90-day [...]

How Keeping a Journal Can Help You Stay Sober

By |2019-09-11T16:39:11-05:00August 16th, 2019|Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

Staying sober often seems like an impossible task in the first days of recovery. However, journaling is one self-care strategy that can help keep you accountable and on the right track. Understanding the Benefits of Journaling in Recovery There's no "quick fix" for drug or alcohol addiction, but journaling can offer a number of benefits [...]

Tweaking Your Diet to Control Drug and Alcohol Cravings

By |2019-09-11T16:41:27-05:00August 8th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holistic Treatment|

Cravings Are Normal Experiencing cravings for drugs or alcohol is a normal part of the addiction recovery process. It's nothing to be ashamed of, although the experience can be uncomfortable. In most cases, cravings pass on their own within 10 to 15 minutes. However, you can help limit your cravings by tweaking your diet to [...]

Trauma and Addiction: What’s the Connection?

By |2019-09-11T16:42:07-05:00July 30th, 2019|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

It's difficult to say with certainty what causes some individuals to develop a drug or alcohol addiction. Substance use disorders are chronic biologically based illnesses with complex environmental triggers. However, exposure to trauma—especially during the childhood years—is strongly linked to an increased risk of developing an addiction. Defining Trauma Trauma can affect many aspects of [...]

Alcohol and Opioids Are a Deadly Combo

By |2019-09-11T16:43:54-05:00July 19th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Opioids|

Legal doesn't mean safe. Since alcohol is legal for adults over the age of 21 and opioid painkillers are legal with a prescription, people often mistakenly assume that mixing the two is no big deal. This couldn't be further from the truth. How Addiction Develops Typically, people who are abusing both alcohol and opioids developed [...]