Archive for March, 2016

willThe fourth component of the True Self is Will. Will works with feelings, reasoning mind, and intuitive mind. It takes the information from these three sources and uses it to make decisions. We exercise our will when we choose. When we choose intimacy, we can know that our will is functioning at its highest level. When we choose separation, we can know that our will is dysfunctional and take the steps needed to restore it.

The will can enhance intimacy by helping us make good choices in the areas of:

  • Bonding and trusting
  • Assessing what is safe and what is not safe
  • Developing in healthy ways that establish a solid sense of self
  • Cultivating good relationships
  • Developing healthy boundaries
  • Making commitments
  • Finding the strength to endure difficult times
  • Setting and achieving goals

When our will relies primarily on feelings, it can make impulsive or fearful choices, choices based on the emotion of the moment or on old, unhealed wounds.  When our will relies primarily on our mind, it can make poor choices based on false logic, irrational beliefs, negative thoughts, or fantasies. Indecision, a failure of will, arises from fear. We are afraid of choosing wrongly, of making a decision that will hurt us or the ones we love.

The best way to ensure that we make good choices—choices that favor intimacy—is to attend to our feelings, reasoning mind, and intuitive mind. We can also do the following:

  1. Set our intention. If we consciously intend that our choice promote love and intimacy, we can make the decision without fear of the consequences. We can trust that, even when a choice seems to go badly, our continued intention to favor intimacy will triumph.
  2. Seek help from a higher power. For example, if we believe in a loving God who wants us to reach our highest potential, we can pray, “Align my will with the will of God.” If we take a moment every day to ask for this alignment, our choices will become more conscious, and we will be more likely to discern our best path.

Of course, sometimes our choices might still lead to consequences that we didn’t foresee. But rather than kick ourselves, we can remember that all of our choices are opportunities for growth. We can also remember to forgive ourselves quickly and to return, again and again, to an intention of love over fear.

A trip down the aisle – finally

St. Joseph Institute merges with Summit Behavioral Healthcare

logoAddiction treatment in Pennsylvania and across the country has been characterized by an aggressive Pac-Man game for almost a decade. Independent facilities have disappeared into ever larger groups and public companies, often sacrificing their ideals to the force of big business.

Over the past few years St. Joseph Institute has been courted by many, but we have not been swayed by their offers. As founders, Jenny Sheetz and I have been protective and cautious, applying to St. Joseph’s ‘suitors’ the same scrutiny to which we subjected our children’s first dates. None of the companies we met seemed to share our passion for excellence, innovation, and achieving the best possible outcomes.

sbhc-logoNone, that is, until now. Summit BHC (Summit) offers all that we seek in a partner. We are impressed by their business acumen and, more importantly, by their heart for people who suffer from addiction. Therefore, we have agreed to merge. We are confident that this decision is the best for St. Joseph Institute and for the people we serve, and we look forward to our new relationship for a variety of reasons.

Clinical Depth.  Summit has a growing network of leading addiction treatment and behavioral health centers throughout the country.  Our clinical team will benefit from these resources and this expertise.

Continuum of Care.  The Summit network will enable us to place the people who seek our help in the most appropriate level of care.  Our sister companies offer residential and outpatient programs, transitional living facilities, holistic treatment options, trauma services, and a special program for collegiate-focused treatment.

Managerial Expertise.  The management team of Summit has decades of “been there, done that” experience that will greatly benefit St. Joseph Institute as we grow and expand our breadth of services.

Organizational Strength.  In an area of healthcare that requires size and financial strength to innovate and be a leader, Summit offers capabilities that will ensure that St. Joseph Institute does not lose ground to the “big players” in addiction treatment.

Now, as Summit and St. Joseph Institute begin our life together, we are excited about the future and our shared mission.  Together, we commit to the ongoing work of helping men and women with addiction establish strong and meaningful lives in recovery.


Michael Campbell
President, St. Joseph Institute