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So far Dana Hinders has created 52 blog entries.

Overcoming Fear in Recovery

By |2020-02-06T17:42:08-05:00February 6th, 2020|Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

Making the decision to seek treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction is a big step. It's normal to be afraid of what the future holds, but you can't let your fear keep you from pursuing a life free from the burdens of substance abuse. Get Educated Substance abuse is poorly understood by the general [...]

6 Ways to Put Sobriety First

By |2020-01-28T16:29:15-05:00January 28th, 2020|Practicing Recovery|

What Does It Mean to Put Sobriety First? Putting sobriety first means making a conscious choice to create an environment that promotes your recovery. It means you’re actively taking steps to avoid the complacency that puts you at risk of relapse following graduation from residential treatment. 1. Take It One Day at a Time When [...]

Move Forward in Your Recovery by Breaking Free from the Victim Mentality

By |2020-01-09T17:49:34-05:00January 8th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth|

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ― Carl Gustav Jung Breaking Free Recovery is a new chapter in the story of your life, but it's up to you to decide what happens next. By breaking free from the victim mentality that plagues so many people who are [...]

Make 2020 Your Best Year Ever with These Recovery Resolutions

By |2019-12-21T13:12:03-05:00December 20th, 2019|Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

New Year's Day is the perfect time to reflect on your recovery journey by creating resolutions that will help you build the sober life you deserve. Everyone's recovery journey is unique, but the team at St. Joseph Institute for Addiction's Pennsylvania drug and alcohol treatment center has a few suggestions to help you choose resolutions [...]

Things You Can Do to Help Someone with an Addiction to Prescription Opioids

By |2019-12-13T16:43:05-05:00December 12th, 2019|For Families of Addicts, Opioids|

Support from friends and family is a vital part of the recovery process. While you can't force your loved one who is abusing prescription opioid painkillers to seek treatment, there are several things you can do to help them recognize the severity of the problem and urge them to get the care they need. Educate [...]

Festive Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drink Ideas

By |2019-12-01T13:50:13-05:00November 29th, 2019|Holiday, Practicing Recovery|

If this is your first holiday season in recovery, you may find yourself wondering how you'll stay sober through months of parties with family and friends. At St. Joseph Institute for Addiction's Pennsylvania substance abuse treatment center, we recommend defusing potentially awkward situations by bringing a tasty non-alcoholic drink for everyone to share. You're Not [...]

Overcoming Denial and Promoting Addiction Recovery

By |2019-11-14T10:55:28-05:00November 12th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|

Denial is often described as one of the primary roadblocks to addiction recovery. Admitting that you feel lost and powerless is never easy, so it's understandable that men and women struggling with substance abuse would prefer not to acknowledge the extent of their problem. However, there's a good reason that the first step of the [...]

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Substance Use Disorders

By |2019-10-31T18:45:03-04:00October 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 |2019-10-22T10:45:51-04:00October 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 |2019-10-16T13:15:34-04:00October 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 [...]