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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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 &...

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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...

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Holistic Recovery Minute – Good, Clean FUN!

Learn how to have fun without alcohol or drugs, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy life while being alcohol free and drug free. Participating in fun sober activities allows you to have a rich, full life and fills up the time that used to be spent feeding your...

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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...

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