This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

Our latest Write for You Blog https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2017/10/16/write-for-you-what-did-you-expect/

We have a couple of upcoming special offerings I’d like to highlight coming NEXT week:
Curious about college?  Its not too late!  Find out some options at our College and Career Info night hosted by Palouse Pathways.  6:30 on 10/23/17.

Part of a sustained recovery involves a healthy lifestyle.  Learn about nutrition at Stepping Into a Healthier Life:  Nutrition 4pm on 10/27/17.

DON’T MISS BINGO!  10/28/17, 4-8pm.

October at the Latah Recovery Center
Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                      Every day, noon
Positive Affirmations                                                                                          Mondays and Weds 1:10-2
Make Your Hobby Pay                                                                                      1st Monday of month, 6-7pm
College and Career Info by Palouse Pathways                                             Monday, 6:30-8 10/23
Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St                                                                         Mondays, 7pm
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr)                                                              Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Life Skills                                                                                                              Tuesdays 5-6
Chess w/Steve                                                                                                      Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous                                                                                        Tuesdays and Fridays 6-7
Domestic Abuse Support Group                                                                       Tuesdays 6-7
Art w/Alex                                                                                                             Tuesdays 7-8
Prescription Addiction Support Group                                                             Tuesdays 7-8
Families and Caregivers of Addicts Support Group                                      Wednesdays 6-7
How Are We Doing?  Q and A with the Director                                            Wednesday, 6-8pm 10/11
Recovery International:  Mental Health Self-Help                                      Wednesdays, 6:30-9
New Volunteer Orientation                                                                                Thursdays 4-5
LAMI:  Family Support Program                                                                     2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30
All Recovery Meeting                                                                                         Fridays 5-6
Stepping Into a Healthier Life: Exercise                                                         Friday 4-5, 10/13
Stepping Into a Healthier Life: Nutrition                                                        Friday 4-5 10/27
Computer 101                                                                                                      Friday 7-8, 10/13
Movie/Games:  Check website for listing                                                       Fridays 6:30-9
Bingo                                                                                                                     Saturday, 10/28 4-8
AA Speakers Meeting                                                                                        3rd Saturday of month, 11-2:30
Learn How to Crochet & Calm Your Mind                                                    4th Sat of month, 10-12
Adult Children of Alcoholics, Women’s Meeting                                          Sundays 6-7:30
Classes and Groups are ALWAYS FREE OR AT COST AND OPEN TO ALL.
RSVP LatahRecoveryCenter@gmail.com Bolded=Regular offering.  Plain text=Special offering for month.
Need an understanding person to talk to?  We have Recovery Peer Volunteers here to help you in recovery from mental health and addiction issues all hours of operation. We are here to help!

Write for You: What Did You Expect?

by Nancy Casey (PlanetNancy.net)

When we are hurt, whether by people or events, it is often very difficult to explain what happened. It can be even more difficult to communicate how much it hurt and why. When we try to tell someone about it and they don’t understand, we can be re-traumatized, making everything worse.
There are many reasons for this. One has to do with the fact that there is no Big List in the sky that identifies every crummy thing that can happen to a person and tells why it should hurt and how much.
Everyone is different. Often the pain of an interaction or an event is compounded by the fact that we know it never should have happened. We endure what occurs. We try to heal. But underneath it all, some part of our idea of how the world works has been shattered. This is very difficult to analyze and repair.
Today in your writing practice, write about being hurt. You can write about a single incident or several different ones. But don’t write about what happened, write about what you had expected would happen.
For instance, if you were crossing the street and the light said, “Walk” and then a car came screaming around the corner and hit you, don’t write the story of the accident. Simply write what you had expected at that time. Perhaps you would say, “I expected to be safe in the crosswalk when the light was green.”
If somebody said something terribly mean to you, instead of telling what they said and why it was so mean, perhaps you would write, “I expected to be spoken to with respect.”
Unfortunately, our worldview can become so bruised by the things that have hurt us that we expect bad things to happen. You might find yourself writing things like, “I expected to fail that class.” Or, “I expected to be hit.” If that’s what you expected, write it down.
Write a page like that. Begin every line with, “I expected…” Date the page and give it a title. Then take a second page and write down what you notice about your expectations. Put the date and a title on that page, too.
You can find an example of what you could write here: PlanetNancy.net/writing-prompts/your-expectations

Nancy Casey (PlanetNancy.net) has lived in Latah County for many years. She has taught writing classes at the Recovery Center and will return again in the spring of 2018. If you have a writing project you would like help with, email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

 

Write for You: Freewriting

by Nancy Casey

Sometimes when you sit down to write, your mind is full of the things you could put down on the page. Then you pick up the pen and your mind becomes suddenly blank. Nothing that you were thinking seems important anymore.

Sometimes you know what you want to say, but the ideas roil so uncontrollably in your mind that it’s impossible to start.

Other times, your mind feels truly blank. Maybe your whole self feels blank. The pen weighs 400 pounds. The empty page is wide and desolate as the Sahara. It doesn’t seem possible for an idea to form.

Regardless of what makes you feel stuck, freewriting can get you un-stuck.

When you freewrite you write anything at all. Anything. Throw all of the rules out of the window. Spell the way you want. Forget grammar. Don’t expect to “make sense.” Just write stuff, whatever bubbles to the surface of your mind. It could be a string of unrelated words. It might be phrases or sentences. Maybe there will be capital letters and punctuation and maybe there won’t.

Today in your writing practice, fill a page with freewriting.

Some people find this very difficult. It’s hard to chuck out all the restrictions that come with years of training in “correct” writing. You can feel a strong resistance to writing down anything that’s not meaningful. If that’s how you feel, here are some “directions” to get you started.

Begin with individual words. Just words. Whatever pops into your mind. Write them down next to each other, one after the other without thinking of any connection they might have to one another. If “bubblegum” is followed by “lizards” and “traffic jam,” that’s just fine. If “bubblegum” is followed by “bubblegum” is followed by “bubblegum,” that’s okay, too. Fill up about a third of the page with single words.

As you move into the next third of the page, write phrases, a couple of words at a time. “phone on the desk” or “mosqitoes in evening gowns” or “throwing up lunch.” It doesn’t matter. Just phrases. You can put commas or dashes or slashes between them. Or not. Keep your hand loose. If it starts to feel tired or cramped, make it looser and write more slowly. It’s not a contest.

By the time you get to the final third of the page, your mind is likely to have relaxed quite a bit. The blockages between your mind and your hand dissolve.

When the freewriting begins to flow nicely, you will settle into an easy pace. New words and phrases arrive in your mind at exactly the rate you can write them down. The tensions that come with trying to write correctly fade. The freewriting has become free.

When you are finished, read it over. Notice the journey you have taken. It will make some kind of odd sense to you, but not necessarily to someone else. (When you read it tomorrow, it might not make sense to you anymore, but that’s okay.) There might be parts that you really like. It might all seem like nonsense, but that’s not a problem because the important part is the simple experience of having done it.

Be sure to date your writing. Give it a title by writing whatever comes to mind as your hand hovers over the spot where the title goes. Here is an example of what your writing could look like, except that yours will be original, something only you can do.

Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. She has taught writing classes at the Recovery Center and will return again in the spring of 2018. If you have a writing project you would like help with, email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

 

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

This week our director, Darrell, is hosting:  How Are We Doing?  Q & A with the Director 10/11, 6-8pm.  Want to know what we’re doing, why we do it?  Stop by!  Want to make a suggestion for improvement?  Stop by!  Want to know our plans for the future?  Stop by!  Want to donate a few million dollars?  Darrell will be right over. Or, stop by!  Hope to see you there.

Some upcoming events in the community:
The Dynamics of Drugs and Opioid Trends (Flyer attached)
Resilience-A Movie about the effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences (Flyer attached)

Following is our October calendar.  Have a GREAT day!
October at the Latah Recovery Center
Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                      Every day, noon
Positive Affirmations                                                                                          Mondays and Weds 1:10-2
Make Your Hobby Pay                                                                                      1st Monday of month, 6-7pm
College and Career Info by Palouse Pathways                                             Monday, 6:30-8 10/23
Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St                                                                         Mondays, 7pm
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr)                                                              Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Life Skills                                                                                                              Tuesdays 5-6
Chess w/Steve                                                                                                      Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous                                                                                        Tuesdays and Fridays 6-7
Domestic Abuse Support Group                                                                       Tuesdays 6-7
Art w/Alex                                                                                                             Tuesdays 7-8
Prescription Addiction Support Group                                                             Tuesdays 7-8
Families and Caregivers of Addicts Support Group                                      Wednesdays 6-7
How Are We Doing?  Q and A with the Director                                            Wednesday, 6-8pm 10/11
New Volunteer Orientation                                                                                Thursdays 4-5
LAMI:  Family Support Program                                                                     2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30
All Recovery Meeting                                                                                         Fridays 5-6
Stepping Into a Healthier Life: Exercise                                                         Friday 4-5, 10/13
Stepping Into a Healthier Life: Nutrition                                                        Friday 4-5 10/27
Computer 101                                                                                                      Friday 7-8, 10/13
Movie/Games:  Check website for listing                                                       Fridays 6:30-9
Bingo                                                                                                                     Saturday, 10/28 4-8
AA Speakers Meeting                                                                                        3rd Saturday of month, 11-2:30
Learn How to Crochet & Calm Your Mind                                                    4th Sat of month, 10-12
Adult Children of Alcoholics, Women’s Meeting                                          Sundays 6-7:30
Classes and Groups are ALWAYS FREE OR AT COST AND OPEN TO ALL.
RSVP LatahRecoveryCenter@gmail.com Bolded=Regular offering.  Plain text=Special offering for month.
Need an understanding person to talk to?  We have Recovery Peer Volunteers here to help you in recovery from mental health and addiction issues all hours of operation. We are here to help!Resilience Poster – MoscowOpioid Flyer 2017_rev3

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

Our latest Recovery Radio podcast, with an interview about Celebrate Recovery, and piano music by one of our participants.

The latest from our Write for You blog:  https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2017/10/03/write-for-you-in-praise-of-your-surroundings/

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
The public is invited to the Latah Recovery Center on Wednesday, October 12 from 6-8pm for a Question and Answer session with director Darrell Keim.  Come and find out what the center does, discuss plans for the future, and share your own ideas for how the center can better serve our community.

October at the Latah Recovery Center
Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                      Every day, noon
Positive Affirmations                                                                                          Mondays and Weds 1:10-2
Make Your Hobby Pay                                                                                      1st Monday of month, 6-7pm
College and Career Info by Palouse Pathways                                             Monday, 6:30-8 10/23
Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St                                                                         Mondays, 7pm
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr)                                                              Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Life Skills                                                                                                              Tuesdays 5-6
Chess w/Steve                                                                                                      Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous                                                                                        Tuesdays and Fridays 6-7
Domestic Abuse Support Group                                                                       Tuesdays 6-7
Art w/Alex                                                                                                             Tuesdays 7-8
Prescription Addiction Support Group                                                             Tuesdays 7-8
Families and Caregivers of Addicts Support Group                                      Wednesdays 6-7
How Are We Doing?  Q and A with the Director                                            Wednesday, 6-8pm 10/11
New Volunteer Orientation                                                                                Thursdays 4-5
LAMI:  Family Support Program                                                                     2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30
All Recovery Meeting                                                                                         Fridays 5-6
Stepping Into a Healthier Life: Exercise                                                         Friday 4-5, 10/13
Stepping Into a Healthier Life: Nutrition                                                        Friday 4-5 10/27
Computer 101                                                                                                      Friday 7-8, 10/13
Movie/Games:  Check website for listing                                                       Fridays 6:30-9
Bingo                                                                                                                     Saturday, 10/28 4-8
AA Speakers Meeting                                                                                        3rd Saturday of month, 11-2:30
Learn How to Crochet & Calm Your Mind                                                    4th Sat of month, 10-12
Adult Children of Alcoholics, Women’s Meeting                                          Sundays 6-7:30
Classes and Groups are ALWAYS FREE OR AT COST AND OPEN TO ALL.
RSVP LatahRecoveryCenter@gmail.com Bolded=Regular offering.  Plain text=Special offering for month.
Need an understanding person to talk to?  We have Recovery Peer Volunteers here to help you in recovery from mental health and addiction issues all hours of operation. We are here to help!