Practicing Recovery

How Keeping a Journal Can Help You Stay Sober

By |2019-09-11T16:39:11-04:00August 16th, 2019|Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

Staying sober often seems like an impossible task in the first days of recovery. However, journaling is one self-care strategy that can help keep you accountable and on the right track. Understanding the Benefits of Journaling in Recovery There's no "quick fix" for drug or alcohol addiction, but journaling can offer a number of benefits [...]

Who Needs to Know Your Sobriety Story?

By |2019-09-11T17:05:44-04:00May 8th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Practicing Recovery|

Your Recovery Journey After you've completed residential treatment at St. Joseph Institute for Addiction, you have the skills necessary to build a sober life for yourself. However, it's natural to find yourself feeling conflicted in regards to sharing your recovery journey with others. It may be helpful to think of your recovery in the same [...]

Ending Toxic Relationships

By |2019-04-09T16:50:28-04:00April 8th, 2019|Practicing Recovery, Recommended Reading|

Recovery is a time of new beginnings, which means you'll need to look at your relationships with a critical eye. If someone is engaging in toxic behaviors that pose a threat to your sobriety, it's best to end the relationship and focus on the more positive aspects of your life. Identifying Toxic Relationships A healthy [...]

Staying Busy in Recovery

By |2019-03-21T13:44:34-04:00March 20th, 2019|Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

Before you entered treatment, most of your free time was probably spent abusing drugs or alcohol. Now that you're in recovery, finding ways to fill your day will prevent boredom from triggering cravings. Try a New Hobby Recovery is the perfect time to reinvent yourself. If you've always wanted to learn to play the guitar, [...]

Giving Back in Recovery

By |2019-03-12T13:00:18-04:00March 11th, 2019|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

In the earliest stages of recovery, it's best to focus solely on self-care. However, once you've gone through withdrawal and built a foundation for sobriety, it's time to start thinking about how you can give back to others. Benefits of Giving Back in Recovery St. Francis of Assisi once said, “For it is in giving [...]

Promote Lasting Sobriety by Spending Time in Nature

By |2019-09-11T17:03:30-04:00January 2nd, 2019|Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Exercising, Health, Holistic Treatment, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery, Recommended Reading|

Did you know that experts believe most Americans spend about 90 percent of their day indoors? Our modern lifestyles often don't provide many opportunities to naturally spend time outside, which means we need to make a conscious effort to head outdoors. If you're in recovery, you should make it a goal to spend at least [...]

10 Recovery Podcasts That Inspire, Educate, and Entertain

By |2019-09-11T17:04:41-04:00December 18th, 2018|12 Steps, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, Health, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery, Recommended Reading, Resource|

Listening to recovery podcasts can be a wonderful way to support your sobriety while you're commuting, handling household chores, or exercising at the gym. About Podcasts Podcasts are on-demand Internet radio programs that are generally either the monologue of a single speaker or a conversation between a host and one or more guest speakers. You [...]

Why Are 12-Step Programs So Popular?

By |2019-09-11T17:05:11-04:00December 6th, 2018|12 Steps, Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery, Resource|

For individuals struggling with substance use disorders, 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous often play a vital role in the recovery progress. Taking the time to understand the benefits of a 12-Step approach can help you decide how to best structure your continuing care plan. 5 Key Benefits of 12-Step Programs The [...]

Masculinity, Trauma, and Addiction: Breaking the Cycle of Toxic Masculinity to Get Men the Help They Need

By |2019-09-11T17:06:11-04:00November 27th, 2018|co-occurring & dual diagnosis, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Exercising, Health, Physical training, Practicing Recovery, Recommended Reading, Resource|

The gender-based differences in addiction are hard to ignore. According the National Institute on Drug Abuse: Men have higher rates of binge drinking and alcohol abuse in most age groups. Men more likely to use almost all types of illicit drugs—including both illegal street drugs and misused prescription drugs. Men are more likely to need [...]

Enjoying Your First Sober Holiday Season

By |2019-09-11T17:06:55-04:00November 8th, 2018|12 Steps, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Health, Holiday, Practicing Recovery, Relapse|

Your first year of recovery will be full of many challenges, including how to best celebrate the holidays as someone who is newly sober. The risk of relapse is higher during this time, but remaining vigilant about your recovery will help you stay on the right track. Focus on What Brings You Joy There are [...]