Monday, July 18, 2016


STEP 4 Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves!

Jeremiah 17:10 "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve."
By Joseph Dickerson / Recovery Connections

Recovery-focused sober housing option to debut at MU this fall

Recovery-focused sober housing option to debut at MU this fall: This fall, eight University of Missouri students recovering from alcohol and substance abuse will have a recovery-focused housing option.
Later this month a new group of hurting and broken young men and women will arrive here at His Mansion.
July 2016 Newsletter 
Dan B.
My Kingdom or His     

     I heard about His Mansion in a guest lecture by Michael Tso at Wheaton College. I couldn't explain why, but from that moment I felt a strong calling to
serve for a year at His Mansion.

     As a child, I was greatly wounded during my parents' divorce. As a teenager, I continued to deal with the
painful aftermath of my parents' divorce. I had trouble understanding what real love
looked like. 
     I came to know Christ at a young age, but I didn't fully understand my salvation until later in life. As young adult, I began taking my faith more seriously, but I still had real difficulty trusting God. 
Healing in the Context of Community 
  Is God calling you to minister 
to broken people struggling with 
addiction (chemical or sexual), 
eating disorders, trauma, 
or any other life-controlling behaviors?

   Join us for our Healing in the Context of Community (HCC) course from October 15th-21st. You will learn how to serve those hurting in your community as well as experience how God is freeing men and women from those very bonds here on The Hill. 
   During your time in HCC, you will attend training courses designed for people like you who have a desire to love and serve hurting and broken men and women. 
     The classes will cover:
  • lay-counseling 
  • inner healing 
  • addiction and recovery
  • family dynamics
  • medications and mental health
   You will also have the opportunity to join those who are currently seeking God's restoration at His Mansion during communal meals, free time, and worship throughout the week.
For more information or to download the application, go to 
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“The brain can change for the better. Find the tools that work for you as you face everyday challenges to sustain sobriety and a healthy lifestyle.” —Mike Logan, an anger management counselor from Rockford, Illinois, and owner of the Facebook page Your Recovering Brain

Read more in "This Is Your Brain on Recovery."
For those in recovery, brain fitness may be even more important than for those who don’t struggle with addiction. After all, the brain is the organ that controls our ability to say yes and no. It is the center of the addictive voice and where the mysteries of depression and joy reside. The good news is that, more than ever, tools and information about how to take care of our brains are helping enhance the recovery experience. Whether you're enhancing brain fitness through reading a science fiction novel or coding a website, show your recovering brain some love this week: July 13 is Embrace Your Geekness Day!

From Drunk and Dying to Authentic and Thriving

Raised in South Carolina and born to question everything, including her sexual identity, Temple Hayes turned to spirit to pull her from the car wrecks of abuse and alcohol addiction. Today, as a new thought global leader, she’s showing others how to be exactly who they are and live the life their hearts' desire.

Demystifying Postpartum Addiction

Postpartum addiction is rarely spoken of, yet a number of new mothers find themselves turning to drugs and alcohol in an effort to cope with the demands of motherhood.

Patrick Kennedy on The Axe Files

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy opens up about addiction and pushes for mental health reform.
Renew provides relevant and engaging information and resources to help individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and their loved ones create and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Saturday, July 16, 2016


STEP 9 Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

2 Corinthians 5 : 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Friday, July 15, 2016



Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Rom 10 v 21 With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: "God has set everything right between him and me!"

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Just For Today July 13 2016

STEP 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Just for Today July 12 2016 

STEP 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

1 Thessalonians 5 
14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

      By Joseph Dickerson /Recovery Connections                                

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Drug Alcohol demoms

Think on this!
Drugs and Alcohol are demons how do you remove them from your life . Jesus Christ is the only one who can remove them.Your fighting a spiritual battle and without Jesus Christ you will lose . Society gets our focus on the battle through treatment in rehab that doesn't work on demons.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Hello All,

Attached are the PRO-ACT Calendars for July 2016. Some highlights for this month include:

· NEW! Mind and Meditation Training – Mondays from 11am-12pm

· NEW! Community Recreation from 12pm-2pm on Tuesdays and 3pm-5pm on Thursdays

· NEW!!! LGBT+ group entitled Pride and Awareness: Breaking Borders will be meeting everyWednesday from 3-4:30pm

· Join us for the Lehigh Pavilion BBQ on Thursday, July 28th from 12pm-4pm

· Gateway to Work with Jack Land – Monday, July 18th to Friday, July 22nd

· Mental Health First Aid – Saturday, July 23rd and 30th from 9am-1:30pm

JodyAnn Newell, CRS

Volunteer Coordinator

PRO-ACT/Philadelphia Recovery Community Center

1701 W. Lehigh Ave., #6

Philadelphia, PA 19132

PRO-ACT… Ambassadors for Recovery!

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Alcoholics Anonymous celebrates 81st anniversary

Alcoholics Anonymous celebrates 81st anniversary: Goa’s Alcoholics Anonymous Inter Group Goa (South) completed 50 years of its existence with a programme at Ambaulim, Quepem. Pratik Parab discovers how the group helps people stay away from the bottle.

July 1, 2016
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Garden at New Britain recovery center dedicated to local man who died from addiction

By Adrian Sipes 
It's been nearly four years since Forrest Durey died from his struggles with drug addiction, but the death of the 25-year-old resonates with his father every day.
On Wednesday, Stan Durey and others involved in helping people beat substance abuse dedicated a garden in Forrest Durey's memory.
Stan Durey is involved with the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Inc., a private nonprofit prevention and recovery support organization for the five-county Philadelphia region. The organization oversees a recovery center on Beulah Road in New Britain. The garden is in its second year of producing crops for the Women's Recovery Community Center in New Britain, which was built after the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania and its entities determined there was a need for healthy food as well as an outdoor activity for people in recovery.
"To share his strength and his story .... and to use that to help others heal, I mean, that's really what it's all about," Stan Durey, 67, said.
According to Beverly Haberle, executive director for the council, the idea of a garden at the recovery center came from the "vision team" that oversees the New Britain transitional house for women in early recovery from substance abuse. The team ensures the recovery center meets the needs of the community it serves, she said.
"There are many things that are satisfying and opportunities within gardening to help really grow your recovery,"Haberle said.
Alison Slickers, a coordinator at the recovery center, agrees with Haberle in that the garden has been a great outlet for women in early recovery, noting many of the women spend time caring for the garden.
Durey said the garden has gotten bigger this year; tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, broccoli, eggplant and kale can be found sprouting from the soil.
"Forrest is still with us. Through this effort, he's still with us every day," Durey said.
To learn more about the Women's Recovery Community Center,
Adrian Sipes: 215-345-3147; email:; Twitter: @IntellSipes
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Finding the Best Treatment
Where should you start? What should you ask? Whom should you trust?

"Second rule of thumb: The more complicated the outside life, the bigger the need to wall out that life when starting treatment, said Beverly J. Haberle, executive director of the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, the regional affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. "Somebody whose marriage is falling apart, lost a job, a new father," is in the criminal justice system or just has "a lot of stuff going on in their lives," said Haberle, would likely need the extra stability of an inpatient unit"

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What addiction science says about getting - and staying - off opioids
by Don Sapatkin
Two insights over the last half-century have transformed scientific understanding of the nature of addiction:
It changes how the brain remembers and responds to temptations. You can see the difference on scans. That's why "just say no" just isn't effective.
It is a chronic disease, like diabetes. Both need to be managed for a lifetime. That's partly what is meant by being "in recovery."
Nearly 130 Americans die of drug overdoses every day, 60 percent of them - the fastest-rising category of fatalities - due to opioids. The vast majority never got help .... 

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