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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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Live a Passionate, Creative Life in Your Sober Living Home

Posted by David Dunkle

Nov 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Freedom is just another word action that people take for granted. But how do you ‘act’ free? Do you feel that you cannot have an exciting life because you are afraid of relapsing? Maybe you have been told that you have to “be careful” so that you won’t go back to your old ways.

You should be careful. But not too careful. The more you limit yourself, the more stressed out you will be, and the greater tendency there is to relapse.

Life does not have to be bland or boring in order for you to stay clean and sober. It’s just the opposite. As addicts we are used to living a wild and passionate life – just for the wrong reasons.

Allow yourself to be passionate in other ways; constructive ways.  Live a passionate, creative life in your sober living home. Don’t let anyone repress the real you.

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Topics: Sober Living, passion, courage, Sober Living Home, Creativity

We Welcome Dual Diagnosis Patients at Our Pa Sober Living Homes

Posted by David Dunkle

Sep 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Dual diagnosis is a sketchy and dangerous topic, so we will go gently into the night. There is one major reason that welcoming a dual diagnosis patient is risky, and that reason is the percentage of suicide attempts among those who have both a substance use disorder and a mental illness.

Nielson et al. (1998) say that: “The increased risk of  suicide in dual-diagnosis clients has been estimated 60 to 120-fold higher than for the general population” (as cited in Doweiko, 2015, p.342).

The possibility of suicide is not the only risky situation we must look out for in dual diagnosis patients. Clinton and Scalise (2013) say the following about dual diagnosis:

 Dual diagnosis is more problematic than a single diagnosis. Those who have both a diagnosis of PTSD and substance addiction have more severe symptoms than those with a single diagnosis…Among patients with substance use disorders, 20-30 percent meet criteria for PTSD. (p. 38)

Did I get your attention? 

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Topics: Sober Living

Are Others in Your Sober Living Home Blocking Your Spiritual Growth?

Posted by David Dunkle

Aug 24, 2015 12:00:00 AM

We need one another’s understanding, companionship, and compassion while living in a sober living environment - because those who aren’t in recovery don’t always know how to be there for us. On the other side of the coin, it’s easy to let others get in the way of our growth. This is especially true if we are too close to each other. Are others in your sober living home blocking your spiritual growth?
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Topics: Sober Living, spiritual growth, Sober Living Home