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Practicing Recovery

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 [...]

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 [...]