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The Power of Recovery: Sherry’s Story

It was Mother’s Day of 1992 when Sherry decided she was ready for recovery. At this point, she had been struggling with her addiction for several years and it had taken hold of her. “I would pray for help even though I was still using at the time. Each time I picked up my drug […]

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Sister Carlotta Retires After 13 Years Of Service

On June 30, 2020, We celebrated Sister Carlotta’s retirement from Southside Center of Hope. Over the last 13 years, Sister Carlotta has impacted dozens of women and helped them on their recovery journey by providing counseling and facilitating anger management and life skills groups.   As a Sister of Mercy and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Sister Carlotta said that during her time at Southside Center of Hope […]

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After Addiction: Repairing Relationships with Children

Mothers suffering from addiction may have a difficult time having a healthy relationship with their children. Why? Once in recovery, moms who are committed to repairing relationships with their children should keep five key things in mind. Children need to recover, and mothers need to lead that process Addiction is a deeply personal experience, and […]

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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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Juanita Celebrates 30 Years of Clean Time

If you met Juanita today you would find it hard to believe that 30 years ago, she was frail, homeless, and losing her battle with addiction. Juanita found the strength to overcome her addiction while living at House of Hope and since graduating from the program in 1991, she continues to give back by sponsoring […]

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