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RecoveryPeople Softball Tournament: Fun, Fellowship, and Physical Activity Promoting Heart Health and Addiction Recovery

by Jason Howell

Supported through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Million Hearts grant award, SoberHood will host the First Annual RecoveryPeople Softball Tournament on August 9, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The sobering fact is that people in recovery are at higher risk for a heart attack or stroke than the general population. Thankfully, we can dramatically reduce our risk by living a healthier lifestyle that includes fun, fellowship and physical wellness. The softball tournament is all of that and more. Four teams representing recovery communities, recovery homes and alumni organizations will compete and with the help of their cheering fans will promote recovery, heart health and physical activity. A trophy will be presented to the winning team at the Big Texas Rally for Recovery on September 13th on the State Capitol grounds.


Holotropic Breathwork™ in Addiction Treatment: A Movement Towards Wholeness

By Christine Calvert

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) mentions several times throughout the text the importance of a spiritual experience in order to maintain sobriety. It states the purpose of this book is to “find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem” (45), and that if you suffer from alcoholism it’s an “illness, which only a spiritual experience will conquer” (44).  Addicts and alcoholics report that substances allow them to find relief from a perpetual state of dis-ease, a feeling of emptiness and fragmentation, a sense of disconnection and hopelessness. This spiritual malady, a disconnect from our source and our true selves, is ultimately the impetus behind the reach to substances, or anything else that will potentially fix or dissolve the feelings of incompleteness internally.  Addiction can be perceived as our psyche’s attempt to re-create a feeling of wholeness. Carl Gustav Jung, in his correspondence to Bill Wilson, described the addict’s craving as "the spiritual thirst of our being for wholeness." All these false attempts to “feel better” ultimately lead to dissatisfaction and only temporary relief from the malady.


Altruistic Purpose

by Mark Rector

According to Webster's dictionary, one must practice, "unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others," in order for ones actions to be considered altruistic. The concept of altruism has been present for centuries and has stuck around for a reason, it works. Coming into recovery, I did not want to help people in anyway whatsoever. The only thing I wanted for myself in life when I first got sober was to stop shooting heroin and drinking every day. I had convinced myself that there was no way I would ever be happy. I didn't even think I could be of use to myself, let alone anyone else. When someone introduced me to the concept of altruism, it completely baffled me. Why would I ever help someone for no reason whatsoever?


Real Security

by Alan Cohen

While passing through the Honolulu airport I stopped for a moment to look at some items in a shop window. A female security guard approached me and struck up a casual conversation. She asked me where I was headed, and I told her I was on my way to Japan to teach some classes. “What do you teach?” she asked.

“I help people get in touch with their passion and purpose and live authentically,” I told her.

She lit up. “Then give me some tips, would you?”

I asked her what was going on in her life.

“I’m the single mother of nine children,” she told me. “Most of my time goes to my kids.”