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Sees-The-Day operates transitional housing programs, also known as Recovery Houses, for men and women in the south-central Pennsylvania region. Partial Residential programs, providing a more structured environment as well as therapeutic services, are also available.

Transitional housing differs from the halfway house, in that no professional counseling is provided onsite...

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Heal From Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome at a PA Recovery House

Posted by David Dunkle

Jan 25, 2016 5:30:00 AM


I cannot speak for everyone, but many of you will not be able to function at a sober recovery house while you are still experiencing withdrawal. However, post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) is a little different. Some days you will feel great and other days you might wonder if you are still sick from opiates. This is what characterizes PAWS.

Others may feel that coming to a sober living environment is the only way you will be motivated to quit using drugs. PAWS may still be an issue, but you can work through it with the proper tools.

Don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging. We are going to give you a list of tools to help you heal from post-acute withdrawal syndrome at a Pa recovery house. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome is not something to take lightly.

You may have to go to rehab first to get through the initial withdrawal; as this is what many people decide to do before going to some type of halfway house.

However, even after leaving rehab, you may still experience post-acute withdrawal syndrome for quite some time, maybe even a year or more. It depends on how healthy you were when you quit using drugs.

Here is a list of tools that you must choose to use, no matter how silly any of them sound. You will find them to be extremely helpful.

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Topics: Recovery House, recovery, pa recovery house, paws

A Recovery House in York PA That Offers Structure and Stability

Posted by David Dunkle

Jan 23, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Recovering addicts are not used to a structured sober living environment. That’s why it’s important for many of you to have this lifestyle ‘forced’ upon you. Otherwise, you may never get clean. Sees-the-Day is a recovery house in York PA that offers structure and stability.

You are probably used to living whatever way you want, doing what you want, when you want. Either your parents didn’t care what you did with your life, or you were old enough to do what you wanted, with no one to be accountable to. At a recovery house, there is always someone else to be accountable to.

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Topics: Recovery House, pa recovery house, stability, structure

Suggestions of a PA Recovery House: Freedom Comes First

Posted by David Dunkle

Jan 7, 2016 1:42:37 PM

Many people might tell you that you must stop using and then freedom will follow. If you feel that you are not able to attend meetings yet because you are still getting high and cannot find the strength to stop using, then you have the wrong frame of mind. One of the suggestions of a PA recovery house: freedom comes first.   

Even the 3rd tradition of Narcotics Anonymous says that you must have the desire to stop using; not that you have completely quit yet. How will you find the strength to stop using if you don’t first obtain some freedom of mind and heart? Even God Himself grants us freedom first!

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Topics: Recovery House, pa recovery house, freedom

Serenity Prayer Lessons You Can Apply at Sees-the-Day Recovery House

Posted by David Dunkle

Jun 21, 2015 8:42:08 PM

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.” (Reinhold Niebuhr)

It’s easy to pray the serenity prayer, and even easier to focus on the simple parts and avoid the TRUTH. You may tell yourself that you can easily make changes when you really cannot. Or, you might try to force something that is not the will of your higher power. If you are truly working the 12 steps, they go hand in glove with the serenity prayer.

You can apply these serenity prayer lessons at sees-the-day PA recovery house and they will help you move forward in completing the 12 steps. You will also experience abundant spiritual growth if you decide to stick with the entire program – both at NA and/or Celebrate Recovery and Sees-the-Day recovery house!  

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Topics: serenity prayer, pa recovery house