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One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

Many aspects of rehabilitation and recovery are very complex: the way the body changes while substances are being abused and the struggle to return it to normal function; how social spheres affect sobriety; and how the person recovering feels about themselves and...

The Importance of Giving Back

The Importance of Giving Back

“It’s better to give than to receive,” they say, and it is true. However, giving while receiving has its benefits too! Volunteering and giving back while in recovery and receiving treatment for a substance use disorder is extremely beneficial for your continued...

Maintaining Your Sobriety Through the Summer

Maintaining Your Sobriety Through the Summer

Summertime in Iowa The summer months in Iowa can be a wonderful time of traveling, festivals, outdoor sports, barbecues, and unstructured fun. For someone in recovery, however, many of these activities bring triggers or memories of a less-than-sober lifestyle. Staying...

Noticing Opioid Abuse in Senior Citizens

Noticing Opioid Abuse in Senior Citizens

An Overview When we think of substance abuse and overdoses, elderly persons are not the first age group that come to mind. However, they are at a significantly higher risk because of specific issues suffered due to their advanced age. Aside from these risk factors,...

Recovery in Rural Iowa: Opioids and Alcohol

Recovery in Rural Iowa: Opioids and Alcohol

People expect substance use disorders in cities, but assume the “quiet country life” of rural areas is exempt from such problems. It isn’t. Addiction doesn't discriminate by age, race, gender, or location. The substances abused vary in popularity between urban and...

Our graduates tell their stories…

When first arriving at St. Gregory I had mixed feelings about the health and wellness workouts. I came in at 136 lbs and didn’t think it was possible to reach...
- Chris
The good life is not merely a life free from addictions, physical and/or psychological—addictions that usually are the outward manifestations of deeper problems—but a life lived in harmonious balance, free...
- Matt
I came to St. Gregory’s at my all-time worst—physically, emotionally, and mentally. Having gone through a bad rehab experience once before, I had been very reluctant in succumbing to that...
- CJ
No matter where I start my thought process when reflecting upon my time before, during and after St. Gregory’s, I always seem to end up in the same place in...
- Kaele

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