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How Creativity Supports Addiction 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 [...]

By |2020-08-07T13:05:31-04:00August 6th, 2020|Practicing Recovery|0 Comments

Practicing Radical Acceptance in 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 [...]

By |2020-07-24T11:47:38-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Practicing Recovery|0 Comments

How Alcohol Affects Your Immune System

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 [...]

By |2020-07-13T12:56:04-04:00July 10th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|0 Comments

Don’t Put Off Rehab Over COVID-19 Fears

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 [...]

By |2020-06-25T15:40:58-04:00June 21st, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health|0 Comments

How to Protect Your Mental Health During COVID-19

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 [...]

By |2020-06-19T12:43:48-04:00June 15th, 2020|Health, Recommended Reading|0 Comments

Symptoms of Addiction You Might Not Have Seen Before Quarantine

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

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 [...]

By |2020-05-13T13:02:25-04:00May 12th, 2020|Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|0 Comments

Self-Care: Focusing on Your Recovery During a Pandemic

Things have changed a lot recently, for most everyone across the world. Daily routines and schedules have been upended. Anxieties are running high and fear has crept into the spaces that routine and comfort used to fill. Staying Informed We want to stay informed; in fact we need to. But the world, its leaders, and [...]

Coping with Stress in Addiction 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?

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 [...]