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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 [...]

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 [...]

Five Recovery Resolutions for the New Year

By |2019-12-26T19:50:39-05:00December 26th, 2019|Practicing Recovery|

The New Year As the end of the year approaches, people often reflect on the past year, taking stock of their life and well-being. They see the New Year as a starting point for a new beginning. But for people in recovery, it is important to remember that making resolutions is not about perfection. It [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Treat the Winter Blues

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]