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Things You Can Do to Help Someone with an Addiction to Prescription 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 [...]

By |2019-12-13T16:43:05-05:00December 12th, 2019|For Families of Addicts, Opioids|0 Comments

Festive Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drink Ideas

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 [...]

By |2019-12-01T13:50:13-05:00November 29th, 2019|Holiday, Practicing Recovery|0 Comments

How to Treat the Winter Blues

The Christmas carol may claim that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but for the majority of people who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the winter months are anything but wonderful. While a small minority of people experience SAD in the spring or early summer, the bulk of sufferers struggle most during [...]

By |2019-11-21T17:06:48-05:00November 19th, 2019|Practicing Recovery, Resource|0 Comments

Overcoming Denial and Promoting Addiction 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 [...]

By |2019-11-14T10:55:28-05:00November 12th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|0 Comments

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Substance Use Disorders

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 [...]

By |2019-10-31T18:45:03-05:00October 30th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holistic Treatment|0 Comments

Sober Living: 7 Things to Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving

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 [...]

By |2019-10-22T10:45:51-05:00October 21st, 2019|Grateful Addict, Holiday|0 Comments

What Is Urge Surfing?

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 [...]

By |2019-10-16T13:15:34-05:00October 15th, 2019|Practicing Recovery|0 Comments

How Celebrate Recovery Can Help You Stay Sober

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 [...]

By |2019-10-04T16:47:32-05:00October 3rd, 2019|12 Steps, Practicing Recovery|0 Comments

Paying for Addiction Treatment

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 [...]

By |2019-09-26T13:01:12-05:00September 24th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|0 Comments

What You Need to Know About CBT for Addiction Treatment

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 [...]

By |2019-09-14T15:01:30-05:00September 13th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Resource|0 Comments