Practicing Recovery

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 |2019-10-16T13:15:34-05:00October 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 [...]

How Celebrate Recovery Can Help You Stay Sober

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

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 [...]

How Keeping a Journal Can Help You Stay Sober

By |2019-09-11T16:39:11-05:00August 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 |2019-09-11T17:05:44-05:00May 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 |2019-04-09T16:50:28-05:00April 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 [...]