Thursday, August 27, 2015

 Women for Sobriety, Inc.
The passing of fourcwoman

August 26, 2015

Dear WFS Members and Friends,

It is with such great sadness to share with you that our beloved fourcwoman, Nancy Cross, has passed away last night.  Her increasing ill health in the last few years had taken so much of her energy and time away from the WFS forum and chat room that she created and loved so very much.  She had unrelenting devotion and commitment to getting Women for Sobriety online in a format that would bring together women from all across the world to share and connect with one another as they traveled the road to recovery using the WFS “New Life” Program as their guide.

Nancy became WFS’s “Internet Liaison” from the very moment she was able to set up chat room meetings way back in 1998.  As a member of the Women for Sobriety Board of Directors and a Certified Moderator, leading face-to-face meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio, she worked very closely with the WFS office and the board members to create the requirements needed for women to become Certified Chat Leaders and creating the guidelines and rules to participate on the WFS forum and in chats.  Nancy became WFS’s first CCL.  I remember way back in 1998 when she first told me about this social site on AOL, where you type messages back and forth in real time, and we both checked it out and thought it was the most fantastic thing on the World Wide Web!  Soon the first official WFS chat was underway on AOL, with 25 women attending!  There have been many changes and locations since that time…from Yahoo groups to MSN to our current location through a website company dedicated to online forum and chat software.  And because of Nancy’s passion and patience and unrelenting enthusiasm to help women learn about WFS and gain a foundation into recovery, we currently have over 10,000 women registered at the WFS forum site:  http://www.womenforsobrietyonline.com/.  There are also 7 formal chat meetings each week, led by dedicated Certified Chat Leaders who volunteer their time and share their experiences and hope.

Please be reassured that her legacy will continue on!  With Nancy’s blessing, prior to her passing, the WFS office will take on the responsibility of managing the online community; and, with the support of the WFS Board of Directors, embrace the forum and chat as an official part of the Women for Sobriety organization.   I have been working with the Chat Leaders and designated members of the online community to insure that the message boards, chat meetings, and the online community will remain a positive place to gather and share in a nurturing environment, learning and growing as women embrace the WFS “New Life” Program into their sober lives.

To honor Nancy’s devotion and love for the online community, WFS Chat Leader, Julie Lambie will be creating a message board on the forum devoted to Nancy, called “The Wisdom of fourcwoman”.  She will pull together all of Nancy’s posts over the years, like her MondayMessages, so the past and current online members can read and continue to be inspired by Nancy’s wisdom and experience with using our program. 
We will also dedicate an upcoming edition of the WFS newsletter, Sobering Thoughts, for all who wish to share a special moment in time you shared with Nancy or remembering the first chat meeting with her…or how she may have helped you through a difficult time….share with us how the wisdom of her words or her gentle voice reached you at a time you needed it most.  Please email me at becky@womenforsobriety.org with your reflections and I will gather them through toSeptember 21st.

I have received information on her funeral service and her obituary; also for those who wish to leave an online message for her family, please visit this site  My husband and I will be traveling to the service to share our love and respect for Nancy and to be able to, at some level, express to her family how much we treasured her as a member of WFS, a friend, a mentor, an inspiration to never give up hope and to try one more time.  We also want to reconnect with her face-to-face group members and share in their grief as they work through this difficult time.  Please join me in holding thoughts of love and care for her family and her devoted group members; especially for a dear WFS sister who continues to lead Nancy’s meetings and has been such a close and caring friend all these years; a bond of friendship that is now experiencing a great loss.

We will be forever grateful to Nancy for her inspiration to start this huge movement for WFS to get ‘online’.  Every one of us in WFS still feels that same empowering positive energy that is created when there is a gathering of WFS women on the internet.  And, so, her loss is so very hard for us to take in our hearts and to accept.  She has touched so many lives; she has made a lasting positive imprint on our memories.  We have not lost our fourcwoman; her spirit lives on with our online community and in the words and stories she has posted over the years.

Her family has shared with us that in lieu of flowers, sending a donation to WFS in Nancy’s memory would be welcomed.  In fact, your donations will help us to continue supporting her dream to see the online community live on and thrive for many years to come.  If you also wish to send a sympathy card to her family, please send it to the WFS office and I will be honored to pass that along to them.  And, if you wish to attend Nancy’s service, please let me know so that I may share more details of our gathering.

Rest in peace, beautiful fourcwoman; thank you for your kindness, your generosity and your loving service to WFS, to all of us.  I will miss you, my friend.

In deepest sympathy,
Becky Fenner, WFS Director

Women for Sobriety, Inc.
PO Box 618
Quakertown, PA 18951

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 25 CHP 107 v 29 TWELVE STEPPING WITH STRENGTH FROM THE PSALMS



HE CALMS THE STORM , SO ITS WAVES ARE STILL !
(GODS BIG BOOK)


STEP 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.



Being a long term Recovery member does not mean I have it all under control and I am exempt from Relapse . It does mean that if I am willing to pray trust and work with GOD I will have no fear when the storms of life come. In this verse GOD is making a Promise that HE WILL CALM THE STORM! GOD has kept HIS promises 2000 years plus so you can count on HIM. Step Eleven does not mean that your a professional RECOVER EEE , it means you have been broken and humbled in ways most folks will never experience and you have developed a Relationship with your creator GOD ! Continue to trust HIM and when life Hits the fan don't get cocky remember your pain and pray . BE STILL AND KNOW HE is your GOD and HE will CARRY you THROUGH ! 
GOD, GRACE ,AND GRATITUDE ! 


1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.
(GODS BIG BOOK) By Joseph Dickerson

Cincinnati Hospitals Will Test All Mothers, Babies for Opiates - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Cincinnati Hospitals Will Test All Mothers, Babies for Opiates - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
The Addict's Mom Lights of Hope National Event - Hosted in all 50 States by mothers who are brave enough to "Share Without Shame."
Lights of Hope - South Florida - Boynton Beach..
The Addict's Mom Announces the Lights of Hope 2015 Vigil in Boynton Beach, Florida During Recovery Awareness Month Attracting all South Floridians to Partake in this Special Ceremony.
The Addict's Mom announced their nationwide campaign, Lights of Hope, 2015. They will be honoring and supporting those whose lives have been shattered by addiction and remembering those lost. Ceremonies will be hosted by local chapters throughout the United States. On September 20th 2015, candles will burn bright as beacons of hope for the 22.7 million Americans addicted to drugs.
In Florida, the vigil will take place on Sunday, September 20th at 5:45pm until 8:30pm at Aion Recovery - Station House, 13000 Barwick Rd, Boynton Beach, Florida 33436, 5:45 – 8:30pm. Speakers will shed light on their personal experiences and help this struggling population find resources.
The speakers include Barbara Theodosiou of The Addict’s Mom, Patricia Rosen of Sober World Magazine, Linda Mautner of the Ian Mautner Foundation, John Lehman of FARR, and Lyle Fried of The Shores.
The Addict's Mom hopes to highlight:
The lack of available resources specifically structured to care for curtail, and combat addiction issues.
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Campaigns for foundations, such as hospitals, to increase their efforts in treating those plagued by addiction.
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Information that is available to those struggling with addiction about where they can receive help.
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The fact that recovery is possible.
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The need to never lose hope.
Lights of Hope is an offer extended to all to step out of the shadows of shame and stigma and raise their voices as one by lighting three candles to spotlight September as National Recovery Month. One candle represents those in active addiction, the next celebrates addicts in recovery, and the last speaks for those who have perished. Together the tapers embody the hope that one day this national epidemic of death and despair will end.
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An extremely painful and private battle, most addicts and their families suffer alone. When Barbara Theodosiou found out that two of her four children had fallen prey to addiction, she knew she had to do something. That something was to announce, very bravely, to the world that she was an addict's mom and she was not going to hide in shame, but she was going to be there to help every mother like her cope with this beast that was destroying her. Her crusade, now called The Addict's Mom, a burgeoning Facebook community, is a home for many--a place where mothers share their hopes, fears and grief without shame.
Like millions of other parents who have lost their kids to addiction, she speaks for all, regardless of the circumstances. "It shocks me. It crushes me. It steals my soul . . There are no breaks, no holidays, there is no solace here. All I can do now is tell his story to the world in the hopes that I am able to make the smallest change in a broken system that houses the mentally ill in violent jails." She's not alone anymore. The Addict's Mom, now 40,000 strong, takes pride in bolstering battered spirits, sharing the miniscule amount of community resources available, and offering support where once there was none—a huge victory
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Very few choose to publicize their battle, like Theodosiou, Mautner and Rosen who have all lost their beautiful children to this horrible disease. The Lights of Hope can promote change.
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Please join in our quest to share without shame and cast away the chains of stigma, which continue to keep us prisoners of sorrow and secrecy.
For more information contact: Barbara Theodosiou, 954 309-0992barbara@theaddictsmom.com
Visit The Addict's Mom at: http://addictsmom.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Monday, August 24, 2015

 Women for Sobriety, Inc.
Spontaneous, Joyful, Sober Fun...
It IS Possible!

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“Look for little ways to express yourself more creatively and differently.  Don’t aim too high and get discouraged.  Start with small things.  Let yourself take a step that’s fun and relatively easy and enjoyable.  Then appreciate yourself for that.  If you keep taking small steps, you will end up being exactly where you need to be.  Have fun with it.  What it really boils down to is this:  You can do things in the same old way you’ve always done them, which is safe and secure but also a bit dull and boring, or you can try something new and different.  The reason we don’t try new things is because our protector selves are afraid they are not safe for us.  But if you reassure those parts of ourselves and don’t try to do too many new things at once, we can create more excitement and fun in our lives.”--Awakening: A Daily Guide to Conscious Living by Shakti Gawain

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Statement #12, “I am a competent woman and  have much to give life.”
This is what I am and I shall know it always.
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Karen’s Perspective +
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     One of the earliest and harder transitions for me to experience in sobriety and my New Life has been my concept of fun.  When under the influence, everything felt fun and exciting; but, today, I know that that was a complete lie.  Alcohol just covered up my feelings, unleashed drama and prevented me from experiencing reality.  My self-esteem took a direct hit.  I needed to relearn and redefine my concept of fun.
     Sobriety and Statement #12 in action assist me in redefining many areas of my life as well as redirecting my encouraging self.  A great example is how I have changed how I speak to myself about alcohol; instead of urging myself to drink, I encourage growth in sobriety and my New Life.
     Another example was last year when I set a goal of taking a watercolor class and, though initially I felt quite unsure of myself, it turned out to be an exciting new adventure.  It was so enjoyable.  Not only did I learn some valuable techniques, but I also made new friends and instant connections.  Again I proved to myself that I am a capable, competent woman who has so very much to give life and who now has a new exciting and creative outlet!  Hugzzz, Karen
  • How do you define fun and excitement in your New Life?
  • What is your creative outlet today?
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     Hi 4C Women, I have been talking about fun for way too long and not working enough at achieving it.  Fortunately, I do have some fun, in spite of myself.  However, I have come to realize that just like most wants and needs, even fun requires commitment, time and some planning.  As Karen said, and I agree, drinking seemed to provide fun, but who truly knows that it is not authentic until you stop drinking and realize the difference between the alcohol-induced fun and the spontaneous, joyful sober fun?  Why couldn’t I have fun without having a drink to lower my inhibitions, to allow myself to be silly?  All I can say is that sobriety taught me that I can laugh even harder and remember it the next day.  Heck, I know what I’m doing every moment.  I don’t feel self-conscious anymore about being silly and I highly recommend trying it!
     Now some of you might be wondering why anyone would say that drinking at times provided fun when we are talking about sobriety.  I learned in WFS that I needed to be honest with myself and others because it would be a hindrance to personal growth to say otherwise.  Sober, I learned that it became a habit to drink in order to have what I considered fun, to be at ease.  For some people, the idea of denying how alcohol calmed nervousness in new situations or helped make conversations easier around new people, denies their truth and might delay their willingness to accept that small piece of truth and find other healthier ways to have fun, to socialize and to be comfortable in new situations and around new people.
     Acceptance allows change and that is what WFS is all about.  Not only did I learn to have fun sober, I built my self-esteem and felt pure freedom to be me.  This is who I am and I shall know it always.   –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 
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Greetings,

For those of you I haven’t met yet- I am Steve, Recovery Center’s Coordinator and Community Mobilizer. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to working with you all

Happy Friday!

Steve Calderbank
Recovery Centers Coordinatror
The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.

252 West Swamp Road, Unit 12
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901

Bristol, Pennsylvania
1286 Veterans Highway, Suite D-6 19007
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AA Sponsorship: How to Find Your Ideal AA Sponsor

AA Sponsorship: How to Find Your Ideal AA Sponsor
Developing a support system in early recovery can be overwhelming. Choosing a sponsor is an important choice that gives stability. Here's what to look out for.
Traditional wisdom in Twelve-Step Programs dictates that having a sponsor is a crucial component of growing, healing, and learning in recovery. Sponsors offer us the opportunity to be accountable. They guide us through the highs and lows of working the steps.
However, it’s a common misconception that all sponsor/sponsee relationships are the same. Just as each person in recovery has both unique and common struggles, sponsors come with equally unique and common character and approaches.

How to Pick the Right Sponsor

In order to pick the best sponsor, you have to know what you want and more importantly, what you need to meet the challenges of early recovery.
We urge folks to put pen to paper and consider what that looks like. The more you know about what you’re looking for, the more likely you are to find it. 

Pick someone who clearly practices what they preach...

We often focus on choosing people we see as being like ourselves, whether by age, education, race, or socioeconomic status. Instead, it’s often more effective to seek folks who have the ability and willingness to challenge us. Long term sobriety is desirable, but not crucial. As a general rule two years or more is a starting point.

Avoiding Commitment Issues

Don't get bogged down in the fear of choosing the wrong sponsor. The easiest way to avoid "commitment issues" is to ask for a temporary sponsor. This is a well-established and respected practice in 12-Step Programs. It allows you to ensure a good fit and it recognizes that your needs may change as you go through early recovery. When you find someone who more fully meets your needs, you can thank the temporary sponsor for their service and move on.

Expectations

In “old school” recovery, it's common practice for sponsors to clearly dictate what they require from their sponsees in the first minutes of the relationship. Most often this includes directives to call regularly as well as in times of need and to meet once a week. This approach establishes clear boundarieslimits and expectations - all of which promotes actively utilizing support.
Progressively, it has also become common practice that sponsees are asked to share their expectations, needs, and wants. This not only ensures a good fit but also helps to reduce misunderstandings. The greatest benefit is that it helps identify needs that exist in addition to sobriety and step work.

A Common Pitfall

The most common pitfall in working with a sponsor is that we subconsciously relate to them as the mom or dad we always wanted.
It’s an easy mistake to make: we’re relating to someone we depend on who guides us and cares about us. These are the kind of interactions we associate with parenting. Those of us who did not experience healthy parents growing up are especially vulnerable to making this mistake. But just as our sponsors do not sign up to be our parents, they also do not sign up to be an authority figure in our lives.
The importance of this trap cannot be overstated for a very simple reason: Most of us hate authority figures.
In early recovery, we tend to have the emotional maturity of an oppositional and defiant child. Consciously and subconsciously, we expect authority figures to judge us and reject us. This most often leads to projection (deciding our sponsors see us as we see ourselves) and transference (relating to them as our high school principals, bosses, or police officers).

Why We Encourage "Same-Sex Sponsorship"

Without intention, this approach is admittedly heterosexually biased. We recognize the inherent vulnerability in the sponsor/sponsee relationship and seek to inhibit impulsive romantic or sexual behavior. A very high percentage of us find it easier to relate to members of the opposite sex and so this practice should be viewed as an opportunity for growth.

Don’t Put Your Eggs in One Basket

In any recovery program, a strong and holistic support system is recommended. Depending on your sponsor to meet even a majority of your needs is ill advised and no responsible sponsor would seek to meet all of your needs. In addition to friends and family, we have found it remarkably beneficial to have contacts (peers in the program available for phone calls or coffee).
Many of us chose spiritual advisers and even secondary sponsors to support us. In an active recovery community, you’d be hard pressed to find an area of expertise that is not available to you.
Those we’ve seen achieve the greatest success in twelve step programs develop their own “families” in the halls. There is no such thing as having too many supports in your quest for transformation.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

I am so excited our Fed Up Rally Bracelets are ready...they are beautiful and they only cost 10 dollars. I would love to see every TAM Sister wearing one.
Purple signifies we are FED UP and Red signifies We are Strong Mommas who are ready and willing to "Share Without Shame."
I just ordered mine and one for someone else. I hope you join me as we unite in this most important RALLY!!!
Will I meet you at the Fed Up Rally, you will know I am a TAM sister because I will be wearing the Fed UP/TAM bracelet below.
Much love to all addict's moms and their families ...Barbara
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National Recovery Night at the Baseball Game
9/12/15:  6pm
Tickets $20

Recovery Walks! 2015
9/19/159am
Registration is FREE!

CRS Training ProgramOctober 19-29, 2015

40th Anniversary Gala5/5/2016

Family ProgramRegister:  215-345-6644
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9/2, 9/9, 9/16:
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Colmar9/3, 9/10, 9/17:
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Volunteer for The Council/PRO-ACT !!

Central Bucks:     
Email or call Steve at215-345-6644 x3006

Southern Bucks:  
Email or call Karen at215-788-3738 x100

Philadelphia, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County:        
Email John or call 215-923-1661 
                  
PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! Committees: 
Email  or call John at215-923-1661
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It's Recovery Night at the Baseball Game!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Enjoy a a fun night of baseball with 500 other fans in an alcohol-free section!

Tickets:  $20
 
Stigma Must End
For years, The Council has been working to reduce stigma associated with alcohol and other drug addiction.  Accepting that stigma is a significant barrier for those in need seeking help, The Council has changed its stance and is now working to eliminate stigma!

Merriam-Webster defines stigma as "a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something."  The google definition states, "a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person."   The stigma associated with substance use disorder often results in shame and guilt for individuals and families and leads to a delay in treatment which too often ends with premature loss of life. 

During a National Survey in 2013, it was found that 22.7 million people aged 12 and older (8.6% of the population) needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol problem.  Of those, 2.5 million (10.9%) actually received treatment.   A major reason so few actually receive treatment is stigma.  People are ashamed to ask for help.  Families are embarrassed to talk about how addiction is affecting their lives, and legislators and health care decision makers react to stigma by discriminating against those with substance use disorder through limiting availability of care and support for recovery services.

Given the widespread impact and societal cost of substance use disorders, it's important for communities to end stigma, to make prevention, treatment, and recovery support available and accessible for all who need them. 

"There are millions of people in recovery in the U.S. leading meaningful and productive lives full of joy, love, and laughter-and I am one of them."  Michael Botticelli is the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.  He is open about his long-term recovery of over 25 years and will participate in Recovery Walks! 2015.  Like Director Botticelli, The Council offers hope and healing to individuals and families working toward long-term recovery.   The voice of 22 million Americans living in recovery needs to be heard! 


Join us to end stigma and to give millions more the opportunity to receive treatment for substance use disorder.  Everyone knows someone in recovery.  Walk with them and celebrate their efforts to fight this disease. 

We pay taxes, we vote, and we each contribute to our community's well-being.  Together we can eliminate the shame and embarrassment associated with this disease and save lives!  Together we can show decision makers that the individuals, families and communities want to end stigma!  We can't afford to be silent anymore.  Register to walk at www.recoverywalks.org.
 
Anger Management

The Council's Criminal Justice Department is happy to announce that we are running Anger Management groups in upper, middle and lower Bucks County.  The SAHMSA based curriculum is designed to help participants gain insight into the source of their anger and implement positive changes.  The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy based curriculum is presented weekly over a 6-week period which gives participants the opportunity to utilize tools outside of the class and review their experiences with a professional and peers in a supportive setting.  Participants learn how their anger negatively impacts their interpersonal relationships and can possibly lead to substance abuse.  

Recovery Walks! 2015

Last year, 23,000 people joined Recovery Walks! to celebrate recovery, making it the largest recovery activity in the nation.  With support, we can show an even larger constituency of consequence (an organized voice of people in recovery) to elected officials.   Recovery Walks! highlights the positive impact of recovery and gives hope to those struggling with addiction that thriving in recovery is possible.  Individuals can participate by forming a team, sponsoring a team, walking, or by sponsoring a walker.  At Recovery Walks! 2015, PRO-ACT will be providing free Naloxone education to reduce the number of premature loss of life due to overdose, and there will be a voter registration booth. 

We each have a voice and the power to shape the future of our community and the nation.  Together we can clear the barriers to treatment and long term recovery, end stigma, end discrimination, and celebrate those thriving in recovery.   Participation in Recovery Walks! 2015 is a time to unite and to show support for recovery as a solution.  

Be sure to register!  It's free and it is essential for bringing attention to addiction and recovery. Let's make our voices heard to end stigma and to end discrimination! 

 
What is the Recovery Toolkit Program? 

People transitioning into recovery are often shown very limited sets of tools. Tools which may be working for others around them, but which they themselves may struggle with for a variety of reasons.  This may lead them to conclude they are missing the mark.
 
Building off the Guiding Principles of Recovery, this program seeks to offer a place where people from many pathways of recovery can share their recovery journey under the Universal Principles of the 12 Guiding Principles of Recovery.
 
These Principles are:
  1. There are many pathways to Recovery
  2. Recovery is self-directed and empowering
  3. Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need for change and transformation
  4. Recovery is holistic
  5. Recovery has cultural dimensions
  6. Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness
  7. Recovery is supported by peers and allies
  8. Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude
  9. Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition
  10. Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma
  11. Recovery involves (re) joining and (re)building a life in the community
  12. Recovery is a reality, it can and does happen
 
The program typically involves two speakers who will speak briefly on one of the above Principles, followed by a question & answer session. This gives the participants an opportunity to learn about the many pathways available to them directly from others in recovery.
 
Join us! We meet the third Tuesday of every month from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.
 
Location:

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.
252 West Swamp Rd., Unit 12
Doylestown PA 18901.

To register, email or call Steve at 215-345-6644 Ext. 3006
(registration is preferred but not required)
Center Program Highlights

Central Bucks Recovery Community Center
252 W Swamp Road, Unit 12, Doylestown, PA  18901

Planning to Sustain Recovery:  
Educational support group to help individuals in all stages of recovery plan goals and action steps to sustain recovery. To register email or call Jeanne at 215-345-6644 ext. 3120.
1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesdays of each month,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Every Thursday 10:00am - 11:30am

Recovery Toolkit
Educational peer support group to help individuals in recovery and provides tools for continuous sobriety. To register email or call Steve C. at 215-345-6644 ext. 3006.
3rd Tuesday each month, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

 
Gateway to Work:
Workshop with tips and tools for resume building, overcoming barriers to employment such as overcoming criminal background and gaps in employment, and motivation. To register email or call Steve C. at 215-345-6644 ext. 3006.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, 1:00 pm 

SMART Recovery©
Open recovery meeting focused on self-empowerment, abstinent-based recovery support.  Email or call Stephen Osborne for more information.
Every Thursday, 6:00pm

Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center
1286 Veterans Highway, Unit D-6, Bristol, PA  19007

Gateway to Work:
Workshop with tips and tools for resume building, overcoming barriers to employment such as overcoming criminal background and gaps in employment, and motivation. To register email or call Karen at 215-788-3738 ext. 100.
Every TuesdayWednesday and Thursday, 11:00am
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