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

2014 - August

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.


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Holotropic Breathwork™ in Addiction Treatment: A Movement Towards Wholeness

2014 - August

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.


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Altruistic Purpose

2014 - August

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?


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Real Security

2014 - August

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.”


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Let’s Talk About SEX –ADDICTION…

2014 - August

By A.D. Burks


SEX ADDICTION!!!  Is it real? Is it fake?  Is it an excuse?  Is it an overactive libido?  Or could it actually be an addiction?

As someone who suffered for nearly 12 years with sex addiction, I can confirm that it is definitely real.  From the addictive cycle highs of finding people you think are the most attractive and engaging in intercourse to the point they beg you to stop; but in the very next breath they ask you to do it again. To the addictive cycle lows where you feel so despondent and regretful that you promise yourself never to engage in that type of behavior again; only to find yourself in less than a week or at most a month right back in the saddle pressing repeat.


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Standing and Weeping on Sacred Ground

2014 - August

For twenty years I kept something in my home that I secretly treasured. It was an old brick from Detroit, a memory from the treatment center where I’d sobered up in 1972. The place was known as Sacred Heart Center, but I never knew how sacred it really was for me until the bulldozers arrived one gray, cold, winter morning to knock it to the ground. The 180 alcoholic men that resided there at any given time had all been moved to newer and brighter quarters out in the Michigan suburbs but the new place would never hold the same level of meaning for my life. I had found recovery in that old place and I doubt I was the only drunk to return searching for a brick the bulldozers left behind.


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Meditations for Serenity - Compassion

2014 - August

by Brock Travis

Recovery is a lifelong journey of Spiritual Awakening.  There are moments of realization and transformation, but spiritual awakening is not really just one single event.   It is an unfolding of awareness in an evolving process of becoming ever more conscious.  On this journey, suffering is not the enemy.  No one wishes for suffering, but it is a signal for potential awakenings.  The unpleasant, uncomfortable sensation of misery points toward some constriction in our consciousness, a barrier to our spirituality.  This is a gift.  The moment we become aware of our own selfishness or foolishness is the miracle that finally allows us to open to a Greater Presence, a Source of kindness and wisdom.

Addiction might be defined as anything that prevents us from being fully aware of our self and our world. Recovery demands that we become conscious of everything that gets in the way of the journey of our spirit. The moment we become fully aware of our own suffering and misery is an opportunity to transform ourselves and our lives. The great secret is that our awareness is a part of a Greater Awareness, and that as we become more and more able to focus consciousness on the painful, shameful, fearful stuff of our own being, then the infinite and eternal compassion of a Greater Being can find its way into the depths of our pain, shame and fear in order to transform us into what we are truly meant to be.

 


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How do Co-Dependency/Boundaries affect me as a Counselor?

2014 - August

by Monica Otten, LCDC, CART

It is common to find that a counselor was drawn to the Chemical Dependency Counseling field due to a personal experience that had a long term or traumatic effect on them.  With this being said, I will speak from my perspective about how this did, and still does affect me as a counselor.

My addiction was to addicted people. My life was completely out of control due to my involvement with one or more addicted people at a time. My genetics and environment predisposed me to chemical addiction, and combined with my obsessive personality, made me a prime candidate for chaos. The eldest child of 4, I am sister to 3 brothers, who are now my best friends in many ways.  We were raised in a loving home by parents whose main focus was on our family and the cultivation of spiritual growth. The catch was that both parents had traumatic childhoods.


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Substance Abuse is a Public Health Issue

2014 - August

by Ron Johnston

Recently SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) stated that some of our current prevention challenges include the following:

· Increasing rates of illicit drug use and prescription drug misuse

· Emergency room visits involving pharmaceutical drugs misuse or abuse have doubled in the past 5 years

· Nearly 5,000 deaths each year attributable to underage drinking

· Half of all lifetime cases of mental and substance use disorders begin by age 14 years and three-fourths by age 24

· Almost 30% of deaths by suicide involved alcohol intoxication

On an average day in the U.S. adolescents (12-17):

· 508,000 drink alcohol

· 641,000 use illicit drugs

· More than 1 million smoke cigarettes


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