Friday, July 3, 2015

July 3 CHP 33 v 13 v 14 v 15 TWELVE STEPPING WITH STRENGTH FROM THE PSALMS


The Lord looks down from Heaven and sees the whole Human race.From His throne He observes all who live on the earth.
He made their hearts ,so he understands everything they do.
(GODS BIG BOOK)


Step Three - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


GOD is the only one who will ever understand and accept the real you ! Not the you , we , pretend to be around others , but the you with all the  , addictions and pains from the  past and present. Their is nothing He does not know about you and the quicker you realize that the faster you will get free from all those deceitful ways of trying to hide and medicate . Let it all go and ask GOD to help you show the world the true you !


(John 8:31-32) Jesus said, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
(GODS BIG BOOK) By Joseph Dickerson

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WFS's NEW EMAIL ADDRESS:
contact@womenforsobriety.org
 
July 2, 2015

Hello WFS Friends,

     WFS’s email address will need to be changed ASAP to contact@womenforsobriety.org. We are replacing the newlife@nni.com because the company NuNet Inc. was just bought out.  The company has no 'target date' on when the nni.com will stop working so we are converting EVERYTHING that has our email address on it now to the contact email above.
     Please do make the email changes on any WFS literature you give out.  Thanks!  Wish us calm and peaceful thoughts during this major change.

Sincerely, Becky Fenner, WFS Director
Email:  contact@womenforsobriety.org   *   Tel215-536-8026   *   Fax:  215-538-9026
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As the nation celebrates many freedoms this weekend, help us also to celebrate that recovery is possible--independence from addiction is happening now

A long sunny weekend is the perfect time to stop by or call your family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers and ask them to register for PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2015 coming up on September 19. They don't have to be in recovery--just support it.
 
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Saturday, September 19
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Registration begins at 7:00 am
Honor Guard Photo 8:30 am
Walk begins at 9:00 am
Post-Walk Stage Program 10:15 am
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We have scheduled some team captain meetings (with more to come) where you'll learn how to organize a team, sign up online, and get copies of helpful tools. We even have a contact in case you want to order customized t-shirts for your team. 

Thursday, July 16, 12 noon to 1 pm  OR
Thursday, July 236 - 7 pm
Philadelphia Recovery Training Center
444 North 3rd Street, Suite 307
Philadelphia, PA 19123
To register for either, please contact John Carlson here or call 215-923-1661.

Tuesday, July 21, 12 noon to 1 pm, OR 6 to 7 pm
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Bristol, PA 19007
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015



June 30 CHP 121 V 1 v 2 TWELVE STEPPING WITH STRENGTH FROM THE PSALMS








I look up to the mountains does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth ! (GODS BIG BOOK)










Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.













What more can be said ! Pray ,believe and trust ! God is for you and He wants whats best for your life . His ways are love , peace , and joy ! Our ways anger , pride , failures , addictions , depression , and pain.










Job 36;11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. 
(GODS BIG BOOK) By Joseph Dickerson



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Saturday, September 19
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Honor Guard Photo 8:30 am
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SPONSORS: There's still time to put YOUR LOGO on the I-95 Recovery Walk billboard promoting the Walk. It will be on I-95 for at least 8 weeks, beginning July 27. To show your support of the largest walk ever assembled in support of recovery, 23,000 strong, please support PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2015 with a Presenting ($15,000) or Gold ($10,000) Sponsorship by contacting Marita here right away, or calling her at 215-345-6644The new deadline for us to receive your form and get your logo on the billboard is July 9.
 
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Thursday, July 16, 12 noon to 1 pm  OR
Thursday, July 236 - 7 pm
Philadelphia Recovery Training Center
444 North 3rd Street, Suite 307
Philadelphia, PA 19123

To register for either, please contact John Carlson here or call 215-923-1661.
You'll learn how to organize a team, sign your team up online, instill a sense of fun into the process, and collect more donations effectively. You may even want to design and order special t-shirts for your team (we have a contact for that). We will have plenty of tips, handouts and answers to your questions. 

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 Women for Sobriety, Inc.
Exercise  *  Sunlight  *  Laughter

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“Today it is clear that major depression and often some lesser kinds are caused by a decrease in neurotransmitters, the brain chemicals that contribute to hope and optimism.  Antidepressants raise levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, which get depleted by emotional and physical stress.  Whatever treatment for depression you choose, hope amplifies it by fortifying your neurotransmitters.  Hope reprograms your biology and keeps you positive.  By being positive you increase serotonin and reduce stress hormones.  Hope acts as a natural stress reducer, relaxing your gut, blood vessels, and bronchioles.  Plus, science suggests that hope lessens pain by increasing levels of endorphins.

Try these techniques to improve your emotional state and transform depression.

1.  Exercise, don’t ruminate.  Rather than staying home with your head full of negative thoughts, get your body moving.  There’s something magical about just putting one foot in front of the other.  It increases serotonin and energy, enhances self-image, and improves sleep.  Start with gentle walking.  Don’t think you’re going too slowly or doing too little.  Even ten minutes daily gets your body used to the idea that it’s coming alive again.

2.  Get sufficient sunlight.  Don’t hole up in your office or home.  Exposure to sunlight elevates your mood by stimulating your brain to produce serotonin.  If you’re prone to depression, remember to maximize the natural antidepressant effect of sunlight.

3.  Laughter is good medicine.  Laughter is emotional freedom.  It raises your spirits, increases levels of endorphins, relieves pressure, and reverses learned seriousness.  Humor seems to compete with negative thoughts by inserting positive ones.  Try to surround yourself with humorous, upbeat people.  Also, watch hilarious movies, listen to comedy routines, or read books that make you smile.  Laughter will take the bite out of depression.” –Emotional Repair Kit: 50 Tools to Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions by Judith Orloff, M.D.

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Statement #2, “Negative thoughts destroy only myself.”
My first conscious sober act must be to remove negativity from my life.
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Karen’s Perspective +
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     “Learned seriousness.”  Newly sober, I felt so serious.  I was suddenly becoming aware of my life and my disease and I was reacting to life with such seriousness.  Laughter was nowhere to be found.  I knew I could not “fake” laughter so I decided to relearn how to giggle.
     Depression is one of the hallmarks of women in addiction.  I suffered greatly from it.  Before sobriety and my New Life, I ruminated on the negative.  I sought out dramas and disasters.  I needed to feel alive since I was slowly dying.
     By first acknowledging that I was quite serious, I set out to change that.  I began to watch those television shows where they showed funny videos and gave a large money prize at the end.  I did this daily.  I recorded as many as I could and began to watch.  Some days I could not even muster a smirk, but I kept watching.  I needed to liven up and tickle my funny bone.
     Soon I found myself smiling, then laughing, then rolling on the floor laughing.  OK, I really didn’t roll on the floor but I laughed, a real belly laugh.  Genuine, raw, snorting laughter.  I was kicking my depression to the curb.
     I also got on my treadmill.  I began to walk and listen to music.  I began to feel better, head to toe.  My thoughts were becoming less serious and some days I even felt like dancing!
     Statement #2 helps me to move through my depression, understand it and learn from that pain.  I learned that I have to be ever vigilant with my thoughts, for I almost destroyed myself under the influence.  Whenever I feel a sad darkness beginning to rise, I slow down and examine where I am.  What needs changing?  What do I need to let go of?  What do I need to hold onto? Hugzzz, Karen

  • Where is your level of laughter?
  • Are you stuck in seriousness or do you feel alive again?

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+  Dee’s Insights  +
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     Hi 4C Women, I, too, felt very serious about my sobriety in the beginning as I was so focused on uncovering why I was drinking to cope.  Fortunately I had been in therapy for a while, so I had an idea of the “why” but not the “how” to cope differently until I found the WFS program.  In therapy, I learned to explore my history and was surprised at what I learned about my coping mechanisms from a very early age.  As I child, I was submissive/obedient to the point that I struggled with finding my own voice for a very long time, even as an adult.  I gave parts of my soul and body in order to be loved and, of course, that didn’t fill the empty space I was trying to fill.  In other words, I became a #1 people pleaser and left myself, my needs, out of the equation entirely.
     Once I learned to love myself, I found my voice.  As I am aging, I find myself expressing even more of what is in my heart.  Add to that, the authentic laughter.  Oh my goodness, it is like a huge weight being lifted off my chest to actually “feel” and express laughter and joy.
     I was watching Brain Games last night and one of the episodes was on positive thinking.  They said that there is a scientific chemical reaction in the brain when listening to certain music and posing/dancing.  I was reminded of the joy I felt at the Yogic (yes, that’s the right spelling) workshop at the WFS Conference when the music started playing and we were dancing with abandonment; and, one of the workshops Nina and I presented a few years ago.  I played a song “Lighten Up” by Karen Drucker because the words were perfect for our topic and, rather than the women listening to the words, there was this spontaneous dancing that took place.  I can still feel the pure joy in that moment.
     My New Life now is filled with both laughter and seriousness in a more balanced way.  Life is filled with challenges and I have had a few this past year; yet, it is empowering to know that I can still feel the joy, the laughter of moments, of being with friends, sharing and being supported through it all.  So when negative thoughts begin to destroy only yourself, what coping tools do you have in place to handle those feelings in order to heal and replace with positive thinking? -Dee
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Thank you, Karen and Dee, for your words of encouragement and inspiration to start off our week!  ~Becky Fenner, WFS Director
Email:  contact@womenforsobriety.org   *   Tel215-536-8026   *   Fax:  215-538-9026
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Too Smart for AA? Don't Overthink It - Make Changes and Have Faith in the Process

Too Smart for AA? Don't Overthink It - Make Changes and Have Faith in the Process
Early recovery is a difficult time. We must keep it simple and have an open mind, if we are to find our way to a better life.
Too smart for AA? Here's why it's important to have an open mind in early recovery. 
There is an expression in AA that we've never met anyone too dumb to get this program but we have met people too smart to get it.
In his book, The Thinking Person's Guide to Sobriety, Bert Pluymen shares the pitfalls of being a very smart alcoholic seeking recovery. As is most often the case with addiction, the truth is counterintuitive:
Being highly intelligent and possessing keen critical thinking skills were a hindrance when it came to getting sober, staying sober, and changing his life.
Despite being a celebrated attorney, the best asset in Pluymen’s early recovery was his sponsor – a janitor with a 4th grade education.
This is one of the most amazing things about AA – it brings together people from every walk of life. 
AA creates a space where we find mentors, supports and friends. Often in the seemingly most unlikely pairings and groupings, folks find their way to a better life.
All it takes to be a member of AA is an earnest desire to stop drinking. All it takes to start making progress is an open mind and willingness to change.

Honesty & Simplicity

If we’re completely honest with ourselves, we find tons of motivation to be open to new ideas. It’s as simple as this: 
My way doesn’t work. My thinking brought me to where I am today. My best ideas didn’t help me avoid the destruction of addiction. My lifestyle, my friends, my family, my choices were not enough to keep me from losing control.
I want my life back. I want to feel like I’m in control. For a long time I tried to get back to where I was before I lost it. Now I see that going back isn’t an option. I get the same result every time. I have to change. I’ve been resistant to change because it scares me.
Woody Allen said, “eighty percent of success is showing up.” If we’re willing to take up a seat and listen, we will hear from people like us who had problems like ours and found solutions. We’ll meet folks who are willing to encourage and support us in one of the hardest things a human being can do – recover from addiction.

Get Your Mind Blown

Hearing what people have to say in a meeting may well leave you skeptical at first, so use the buffet approach – take what you like and leave the rest. You’ll hear some things that are hard to believe. Folks may speak of “having a life second to none.” Or they’ll say, “I wouldn’t trade my worst day sober for my best day drinking.” You’ll wonder how anyone could claim such things, but they’re true.
The most incredible of all is to hear someone describe themselves as a “grateful alcoholic.” You’ll wonder why anyone could possibly be happy about being an alcoholic? The simple truth is that if not for the need for recovery from addiction, our lives would not have changed all that much. Most people do not make huge positive changes in how they live their lives. People in recovery do.

Cunning, Baffling, and Powerful

You will hear people conceptualize their addiction as a part of themselves that is trying to kill them. They will personify it and describe what it tells them. On the surface this may look like a cop-out. It’s not. 
To personify it is to begin creating distance between something that is a part of us and our true selves. This is a big part of how we become free.

Slow Down

You will likely find it discouraging to hear people share how long it took them to get sober, change their lives, and develop the habits and routines that sustain them. Keep in mind that the only finish-line is death. Recovery is not about getting all better. It’s about getting better, twenty four hours at a time.
Everything is a process and it may seem mystifying to hear people talk more about how their Higher Power directed them than what the actual steps were. The good news is that people working on their recovery love to share what they’ve learned and will gladly teach you. All you have to do is muster the courage to ask.

The Promises

One of the most beautiful pieces in all of AA’s literature are the promises of recovery from alcoholism. They may indeed sound extravagant and yet they are attainable to all of us, no matter how far down our disease has taken us. If we are cynical or jaded we will find it difficult to have hope for such things. Yet without hope we are adrift.
It’s normal to doubt. All of us did and many of us still do. Having an open mind means being receptive to learning, growing, and healing. It creates opportunities. If we’rerigorously honest with ourselves we find that we had little or nothing to lose and everything to gain.
You can have what we have and if you’d like to help us, let us help you. The only way we can keep it is to give it away.

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