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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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Women in Recovery – My Mother’s Story

Tatiana and her mother, Maribel, got together for lunch last Saturday, as they have most weekends since June, when Maribel began her recovery journey at St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. “We get together and try to reconnect,” says Tatiana. “After so many years, we had disconnected. My mom’s been an addict my whole […]

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Women in Recovery – Angela’s Story

Angela saw a doctor for the first time in 20 years. Throughout the years, as my addiction got worse, my two daughters noticed a change in me, and eventually I became an embarrassment and a disappointment to them. Because of my addiction, I stopped participating in the PTA and attending school events.  My relationship with […]

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Women in Recovery – Amanda’s Story

Amanda’s addiction began shortly after her son’s birth by C-section. Braiden’s father, who had an addiction to painkillers, took the medication that had been prescribed for Amanda and offered her heroin as a substitute. It didn’t take long for Amanda to get hooked. “You try it once, you like it a lot so you want […]

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St. Martin’s Partners with Friend Family Health Clinic

Resident Angela hadn’t been to a doctor in 20 years. She had been ignoring some health issues that she needed to take care of immediately. “I went to Friend Family Health Clinic and got taken care of,” she said.  All new residents meet with Conrad Gilbert, Outreach & Enrollment Specialist for Friend Family Health Clinic […]

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St. Martin’s Alumnae Set to Sing the National Anthem At the Chicago White Sox Game

Amanda Longe-Asque, left, and Angie, will be among the Harmony, Hope and Healing ensemble singers performing the national anthem while St. Martin de Porres House of Hope co-founder Sister Therese O’Sullivan watches Monday. DNAinfo/Chicago/Hyde Park & Kenwood by Sam Cholke July 28, 2017  Twitter@SamCholke  WOODLAWN “Women recovering from life’s most traumatic experiences will sing the […]

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Women in Recovery – Lyntoi’s Story

  Lyntoi has a lot to celebrate: 16 months of sobriety, and a new full-time job. Lyntoi, 57, has worked hard to get where she is today. A native Chicagoan, she grew up in a close-knit, loving family on the West Side. Her father was a pastor and a singer and her mother stayed at home […]

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Holistic Recovery Minute – Self Awareness

Self-awareness is the state of having a clear perception of your own strengths and weaknesses, knowing your own beliefs and motivations and having control of your emotions. This is one of the most important aspects in recovery as it allows you to identify and address triggers, stresses, and thought processes that led you to addiction. […]

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Holistic Recovery Minute – Enthusiasm vs. Actual Change

Don’t mistake an enthusiasm to change with actual action. The former is nice to have, but the latter produces actual change. In the beginning  stages of recovery it is easy to be so enamored with your new way of life that you lose sight of the harsh realities of recovery. Recovery is an active change […]

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Holistic Recovery Minute – Practice Complete Abstinence

Practice complete abstinence. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can moderate your alcohol or drug intake. It won’t workout in the long run. Abstinence is the state of completely going  without a drug, such as alcohol or heroin, on which one is dependent. Abstinence is of great importance in recovery because a little bit is never […]

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