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Practicing Recovery

Don’t Let Grief Trigger a Relapse

By |2020-10-10T15:45:44-04:00October 9th, 2020|Practicing Recovery, Relapse|

The loss of a loved one is already considered one of the most painful experiences a person can go through, but the grieving process has been complicated for many by the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. If you're mourning a friend or family member who has recently passed, it's important to proactively manage your [...]

September Is National Recovery Month: A Reminder That Recovery Is Always Possible

By |2020-09-24T13:32:54-04:00September 21st, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|

National Recovery Month is observed every September to recognize the struggles faced by those who have been diagnosed with substance use disorders or other mental health conditions. For 31 years, National Recovery Month celebrations have served as a reminder that there's always hope for recovery no matter what challenges a person has faced in the [...]

5 Mental Health Challenges You Might Not Have Realized Are Pandemic-Related

By |2020-08-21T14:12:06-04:00August 21st, 2020|Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has affected many aspects of daily life. This has been particularly difficult for people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Managing Your Mental Health While no two people will have the exact same experience, you should be aware of five common pandemic-related mental health challenges. Knowing [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Self-Care: Focusing on Your Recovery During a Pandemic

By |2020-04-28T15:27:18-04:00April 24th, 2020|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|

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

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. [...]

6 Reasons Being in Recovery Makes You a Good Mother

By |2020-02-20T11:56:34-05:00February 19th, 2020|Family Resource, Practicing Recovery|

Women and Addiction Women who struggle with addiction often deal with intense guilt and shame regarding the impact their substance abuse has had on their children. However, it's important to realize that every mother worries about her parenting skills. Children don't come with instruction manuals, so we're all simply doing the best we can. At [...]

6 Fun Sober Date Ideas

By |2020-02-12T17:34:28-05:00February 12th, 2020|Family Resource, Holiday, Practicing Recovery|

Although there's nothing wrong with dinner and a movie, sometimes you want a new sober date idea—especially if you're planning an outing for Valentine's Day, your anniversary, your sweetheart's birthday, or another special occasion. The team at St. Joseph Institute has put together this list of fun sober date ideas in the State College area [...]