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The Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Link

The Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Link How Do We Fix It? Photo via Pixabay by Quinntheislander The Futures Without Violence Association defines intimate partner violence, or domestic violence, as “a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that may include inflicted physical injury, psychological abuse, sexual assault, progressive social isolation, stalking, deprivation, intimidation, and threats. […]

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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 – 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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2016 Legacy Gala

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Legacy Gala a huge success. More than 100 people turned out to honor the legacy of Sr. Therese O’Sullivan on September 29th at the Grand Ballroom. Sr. Therese was honored for her life’s work at St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. The Judy Family Foundation was recognized […]

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Women in Recovery – Angelia’s Story

Angelia, Hyde Park resident, formerly addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol and former client of St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. Angelia was 21 when she started snorting crack cocaine. She developed an addiction to the drug and alcohol and consequently experienced a series of losses. She lost her job as a legal secretary […]

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Women in Recovery – Amanda’s Story

Amanda A., Woodlawn resident, former heroin addict and client of St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, currently a substance abuse counselor at the organization. Amanda, substance abuse counselor at St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, knows firsthand the feelings that residents experience when they first join the drug recovery program. She experienced them […]

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Women in Recovery – Linda’s Story

Linda Williams is a mother of four children ages 28 to 42. She started drinking alcohol when she was a teen in order to interact with people. Williams became addicted to drugs when she was 40. She had periods of being drug free after participated in drug treatment and recovery programs on two different occasions. […]

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Women in Recovery – Brenda’s Story

When Brenda K. first heard about St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, she quickly dismissed the thought of living there when she learned about the required commitment. “They told me I had to be here a year, and I changed my mind. I told them I’d get back to them later.” Then when Brenda […]

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