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Substance Use Addiction and the Impact of COVID-19  

According to a recent study, people with substance use disorders may be more likely to become infected and die of COVID-19 because drug use weakens the immune system, inhibiting a person’s ability to fight viral and bacterial infections.    Both opioids and COVID-19 also affect breathing, decreasing the ability to properly take in oxygen. This makes the combination […]

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Don’t Let Mental Illness Define You As a Woman

Womanhood means being everything to everyone while trying to figure out who you are and what makes you happy. We are seen as the pillar of the family, the source of comfort and kindness, and the beacon of unconditional love. Women are natural multitaskers who can do it all. Strong yet soft, stern but approachable, […]

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Recovery From Divorce

Divorce. It’s not something you ever intend to hear, think, or experience.  However, here you are, thinking it will never happen to you but it has. You took your vows seriously and you were the best spouse you could be. You sacrificed, compromised, and loved the thought of doing life with someone. Unfortunately, I found myself having to make one […]

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Why Self-Care Matters In Mental Health And Recovery

If you are in a recovery program, you know how close addiction can be tied to mental health. You may even have realized that unresolved mental health issues are at the root of your own battle with substance abuse. What you may not realize just yet, however, is just how important self-care can be for […]

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Working From Home At SSCOH

Since the Illinois Governor first enacted the stay-at-home order in mid-march our residents have shown strength, perseverance, and adaptability in adjusting to their new normal.   One of our residents, Anna, was gearing up to start a workforce training program when we were all forced to shelter in place. Unsure about what would happen next, Anna stayed positive and waited to […]

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How Regular Exercise Enhances Recovery

The road to recovery is a challenging one, but you might be surprised at the difference taking care of your body can make. Including a fitness regimen and eating a healthy diet can ease some of the bumpiness of your journey, and give you positive, lifelong coping skills. Read on for some ideas to help […]

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Adjusting To A New Normal

The residents at Southside Center of Hope are coping with the mayor’s “shelter in place” order and adjusting to a new way of life. Many of our residents were working, participating in training programs, and going to school before the COVID-19 pandemic. One resident, Natasha, has been living at Southside Center of Hope since November and is currently preparing […]

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Recovery Basics For Women

For many suffering from substance use disorder, recovery can seem impossible. While it does require perseverance, recovery is more than possible. At Southside Center of Hope, we see women succeed in their recovery every day.   The path to long-term recovery is different for each woman but there are a few recovery basics that can help anyone struggling with substance […]

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Prayer and Meditation for the Day (April 6, 2018)

Contributed by Marco Pardo  Meditation for the Day A balanced spirituality asks two questions. The first one is: What can this practice do for me? Since most of us seek God from need, any spirituality that doesn’t address our needs will be of little value to us. As addicts, we come into recovery when our […]

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Meet Our New Board President

Gabriel Piemonte is a journalist and co-founder of Woodlawn Voices and Visions, a videography and critical thinking development program for CPS high school students on the South Side. He has co-developed community gardens in Woodlawn, a temporary arts center in Hyde Park, and a gardeners’ collective in South Shore. In 2017, he became co-founder of […]

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