Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Announcement in Addiction and Behavioral Health Job Seekers
Addiction VIP Symposium/Gala-Exhibitor Update 33 Exhibitors
Charles Davis
👔 CEO Connecting Addiction/BH Professionals for Referrals 60,000 NAT'L CONTACTS -Nat. Presenter Marketing in Addictions
Addiction VIP Education/Networking Symposium 1/14/15
The National Croquet Center West Palm Beach
Symposium 7am - 4 pm
Gala (Addicts Mom Lifetime Achievement Award) 5 pm - 9pm

Enjoy learning (5 NAADAC CEU's), networking with a NEW circle (60 exhibitors expected), presentation from Bill W., presentation by FARR (what you need to know in 2015), The Addicts Mom fund raising Gala (Lifetime achievement award), croquet taught by professionals, food, prizes, and special performing artists RIR.

Time is running out, to exhibit, we are inserting the literature into the attend bags on 1/7/15. Materials must be recieved by them to be included.

Please visit our Co-Chair Sponsors
The Counseling Center
Piece of Mind Counseling

NAADAC CEU Speaking Sponsorships
The Counseling Center Presentation TBA
Piece of Mind Counseling Speaker Danielle "Dani" La Barrie MA, LCSW, CAP Clinical Director Piece of Mind Counseling presenting Childhood as it "used to be."

FARR - Speaker John Lehman, President FARR http://farronline.org/presenting Need to Know Changes Coming in Sober Living.

Bill W. (Gary Kimble) - PASS IT ON...AN EVENING WITH BILL W. & DR. BOB http://www.passitonbillwdrbob.com/ a national play that is presented by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

The Addicts Mom Presenting for The Addicts Mom, The Shores. Presentation TBA

Marketing Speaking Sponsors
Insight to Recovery
Infinity Behavioral Health Services
Cash Box
Brain Resource
Dream Recovery
BB Insurance
All About Recovery Recovery

Foundations Recovery Networkhttp://www.foundationsrecoverynetwork.com/
The Counseling Center https://yorktowncounselingcenter.com/
Peace of Mind Counseling http://completeintervention.com/
The Addicts Mom http://addictsmom.com/
FARR http://farronline.org/
The Shores Treatment and Recovery https://www.theshoresrecovery.com/
Infinity Behavioral Health http://www.infinitybehavioral.com/
Insight to Recovery http://www.insighttorecovery.com/
The Addictions Coach http://theaddictionscoach.com/
Peaceful Ridge http://www.peacefulridgerecovery.com/
Harbor Village http://harborvillageflorida.com/
Millennium Health http://www.millenniumhealth.com/
Our Place Recovery http://ourplacerecoveryfl.com/
Sobewell Concierge Addiction Medicine Program (CAMP)http://sobewell.com/
Go Cash Box http://www.gocashbox.com/
Cort https://www.cort.com/
Dream Recovery International http://dreamrecoveryintl.com/
Brain Resource http://www.brainresource.com/mybrainsolutions/personal
WithIn Books Boutique http://www.withinbookscafe.com/
Rehab Rescue http://www.rehabrescue.solutions/
Pass It On http://www.passitonbillwdrbob.com/
Ammon Analytical Lab http://ammontox.com/
Help An Addict http://helpanaddict.com/
Medytox http://www.medytoxsolutionsinc.com/
Bio Sound http://biosoundhealing.com/
Dream Recovery International http://dreamrecoveryintl.com/
BB Insurance http://www.bbimi.com/
Behavioral Health Network Resources
Expert US Labs http://www.expertuslabs.com/
All About Recovery http://www.allaboutrecoveryinc.com/
Treasure Coast http://treasurecoastrecovery.com/choosing-treatment-for-yourself/
CBS Labs http://cbslaboratory.com/

Exhibitor Booths Only $450
*Exhibitors get to keep their booth at no charge for the Gala, but must register individually ($69) to attend the Gala.

Remaining Sponsorships for Symposium; Croquet, and Exhibitor Booths.

The Addicts Mom Gala Sponsors
The Shores Treatment & Recovery
Counseling Center Platinum Sponsor

Remaining Sponsorships for Gala; Dinner, Croquet, Executive, Horderves, and Prizes.

If you would like your literature in Gala Attendee handbags do the Prize Sponsorship.

Gala includes; Horderves, Dinner, Entertainment by Rockers In Recovery Unplugged, and Croquet taught by professionals.

Please contact Charles Davis bhnrcharles@gmail.com, or 561-235-6195with any questions.

Please see our updated calendar for January and flyer for DBHIDS First Fridays Series to be held here at the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 12-3pm. This month’s topic is Faith In Recovery. A diverse panel of faith leaders and advocates discuss positive wellness strategies, resources, crossing cultures and faiths, and busting stigma- followed by networking, resource sharing, and questions and answers. The event will be moderated by Mary Harper, DBHIDS Faith & Spiritual Affairs. RSVP today (registration is appreciated but not required)eventbrite.com/e/first-friday-series-january-9-2015. Bring your lunch.

Thank you,

Sean E. Brinda, MSW, CCDP Diplomate
Senior Peer Services Coordinator
PRO-ACT/Philadelphia Recovery Community Center
1701 W. Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132

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New Years Introspection & Recovery: Reflecting on Your Progress

New Years Introspection & Recovery: Reflecting on Your Progress
As this year's calendar comes to an end, we take stock of our progress. Moving away from being overly self-critical allows us to build on our successes.
The coming of the New Year naturally leads us to reflect on the recent past and to consider the year ahead. In the context of recovery, this pursuit is fraught with pitfalls. As the adage cautions: "It's all in how you look at it."
Growth in recovery results in increased clarity. This can be disorienting and emotionally draining. Things that once seemed benign now seem painful. Things that once seemed a great injustice now seem like they're no big deal. Assessing ourselves and our experiences is therefore problematic.
Most of us have yet to become fair judges of ourselves. Before reflecting on our past, we must consider what we hope to discover:
We don't often find what we're not looking for.

Don't Should on Yourself

Most of us have a tendency to be overly self-critical. This leaves us minimizing our successes and exaggerating our shortcomings and failures. I caution folks when they express ideas about where they should be or shouldn't be because these are rejections of where they are and how much it took to get there.
More importantly, if we can't accept how things are, then we're not going to move toward how they could be. Rejecting ourselves leads to shame, which leads to beating ourselves up. It's far better to judge our progress as though it belonged to someone else. If a friend or family member experiences even the smallest success, we would never turn to them and in effect say, "Is that all you've done?"

Pick Up the Pace

If we find that we are dissatisfied with the rate of progress in our recovery, our best investment is to set measurable goals for the coming year. New Years resolutions are usually just nice ideas that lack follow through. Better to develop conviction regarding what we will and will not do. Increasing the amount of support we solicit and the amount of accountability we demonstrate are paramount to our success.
We need feedback from trusted others to ensure that we continue to strive. We need reality checks and for folks to call us out when we're being too hard on ourselves. Recovery still hinges on the degree to which our lives are manageable. Moving away from all or nothing thinking and approaches makes success more attainable.

Keep Going!

If we find that we have achieved a great deal in the past year, there is cause for celebration. There is also reason to be vigilant. Complacency is one of the most subtle forms of self destruction. It's never sustainable nor fulfilling.
Counselors refer to it as "plateauing." Mountain climbing is a good analogy for recovery. We climb until we reach a new level. We rest and enjoy a greater view. Then we start climbing again. We never reach the summit but we never settle for less than we can attain.

Gratitude & Attitude

Gratitude is a powerfully spiritual force. Looking back on the past year we can ask ourselves, "What helped me get here?" We can consider the impact of grace and good people and what it's made possible for us. Showing our appreciation enhances connection to both our support system and to our Higher Power.

Patience and Tolerance

We are not patient people. To be patient is to be kind and accepting. This is exactly why we struggle. We were not taught to value ourselves. I share with folks the slight modifications to the Serenity Prayer that help me focus my time and energy:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (others)
Courage to change the things I can (myself)
and the wisdom to know the difference.

Be of Service

Taking pride in what we've overcome and incorporated shows us how much we have to offer to others in recovery. Knowledge creates responsibility. We are not required to tell others the answers, only to share what worked for us. The best way to keep it is to give it away.

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Monday, December 29, 2014


Because of the sinful things they say, because of the evil that is on their lips, let them be captured by their pride, their curses, and their lies.

STEP 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

We can ask God to take lies, pride, and curses away, but are we willing to let them go. These defects were my way of life out there on them streets.  Back in the day life was a game and in some sense it still is. Occasionally I use these defects to get what  I  want! What  I have to realize is if I want my life to be better,  I gotta change the old way of doing things and move on. That is a very hard thing to do especially if that's all you know.  Step five has to be a part of your daily routine along with the other steps. I have the steps for the most part plastered in my head. This will not come naturally and if your sick and tired of dealing with the same old crap, YOU and no one else can change. It will take hard work and discipline on your part. Like the old saying goes TRUST GOD AND CLEAN HOUSE!

Proverbs 6:16 - 19 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. By Joseph Dickerson 

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December 23, 2014 

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Volunteering for Recovery: "Suit Up and Show Up!"
Over the next four weeks our newsletter will be dedicated to volunteering and how
you can help to reduce stigma, advance advocacy and support individuals in recovery when you "suit up and show up!" In one year over 900 volunteers donated over 58,000 hours of their time, a value of $1.25 million showing that the Recovery Community does show up!  
Volunteering and Leadership Development

Volunteering provides the forum to work outside your comfort zone, yielding an opportunity to work with new challenges, people, public policies, and behavioral change. Volunteering sets in action new priorities for people who need direction. Volunteering also offers opportunities for people in recovery, family members, and friends in the community to be the authentic voice for change. Learning new skills, responsibilities, and community service all contribute to Leadership development.

PRO-ACT Ambassadors for Recovery is built on strong leadership principles through the help of skilled volunteers.  Developing leadership skills in our volunteers is one of the main goals. PRO-ACT achieves leadership development through many vehicles.  Let's talk about five strong platforms, which include the recovery plan, Group Leader and Facilitator, 15 minute interview, Recovery Mentoring, and the Philadelphia Peer Leadership Academy (PPLA).

The critical path of a new volunteer starts with a 15-minute interview involving the Volunteer Coordinator. This meeting establishes goals and a training path that you, as a new volunteer, can follow and achieve. In the interview we take note of what your strengths and interests are and learn what you like to do. We match your skills and interests to the roles that fit you best. A portion of the meeting is spent on developing a shared vision and mission, which offers hope for the organization and its volunteers. Going forward the volunteer develops their own mission directed in the leadership development path.
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Volunteer for The Council/PRO-ACT !!

Contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators:
Central Bucks:  Email or call Rick at 215-345-6644
Southern Bucks:  Email or call Karen at 215-788-3738 x100
Philadelphia: Email or call She-Ria at 215-233-7700 or Email John or call 215-923-1661 
Chester, Delaware and Montco: Email or call John at 215-923-1661
PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! Committees: Email  or call John at 215-923-1661

Planning to Sustain Recovery - every Tuesday 7 - 8:30 pm and every Thursday 10 - 11:30 am at CBRCC, 252 W Swamp Road, Unit 12, Doylestown.  Educational support group to help individuals in all stages of recovery plan goals and action steps to sustain recovery. To registeremail or call Jeanne at 215-345-6644.  

Recovery Enhancement Classes at PRCC, 1701 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, 19132. 10 week course running Thursdays through Feb. 12 from 5 - 7 pm.  Various topics.  Call 215-223-7700 to register. Space is limited.   

Gateway to Work every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am at SBRCC, 1286, Veterans Highway, Unit D-6, Bristol; 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 1:00 pm at CBRCC, 252 W Swamp Road, Doylestown. Get help with resume building, barriers to employment and motivation. Contact Rick at 215-345-6644 or email for more information.

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