This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

Our Write for You group leader is looking to start another writing group. This one of a 4 week duration, with specific goals to be decided on by the group. Any interest?Oh, and here is this weeks writing prompt:
https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/06/18/write-for-you-what-you-dont-know/

National Recovery Month is September, and we’re planning another Latah Recovery Festival. You’re invited! Planning meeting is June 20, 4pm. Contact RJ (coaching.latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com) if you’re interested in helping. Or… just come to the meeting!

Did you know there is a statewide Recovery motorcycle ride? That’s right. Its called iROAR, and it looks like a lot of fun. Starting in Emmett, the riders can do all or part of a loop going to all the Recovery Community Centers in the state. The ride ends with a rally at the Capitol. The ride comes thru Moscow on August 31, and we’re hosting a pancake breakfast for them at the 1912 Center. Contact Darrell at this email addy if you want to know more about the ride, or help plan for the breakfast.

Here’s what’s coming up at The Center:
DON’T MISS THIS VERY SPECIAL TRAINING TO HELP PREVENT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: Stewards of Children Training Thursday June 21, 6-7pm
June at the Latah Recovery Center
Alcoholics Anonymous Every day, noon
Positive Affirmations Mondays, 12-1
Life Skills Mondays, 5-6
Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St Mondays, 6
Recovery Peer Volunteer Meeting Last Monday of month, 6pm
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr) Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Annual Board of Directors Meeting: Public Welcome Tuesday, June 12 3:45-5
Chess w/Steve Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 (Womens mtg)
Free Meal or Snack Sponsored by Good Sam Tuesdays, 5:30-out of food
Prescription Addiction Support Group Tuesdays 7-8
Positive Affirmations Wednesdays 5-6
Recovery International: Mental Health Self-Help Wednesdays, 6:30-8
Acupuncture for Recovery with Megan Baumgartner Thursday June 14 AND 28, 2-3pm
Stewards of Children Training Thursday June 21, 6-7pm
New Volunteer Orientation Thursdays 4-5
Peaceful Art Practices Thursdays 5-6
LAMI: Family Support Program 2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30
All Recovery Meeting Fridays 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Fridays 5:30-6:30 (Open mtg)
Movie/Games: Check website for listing Fridays 6:30-9
PEER Social Activity: Fishing Saturday, June 9. rodsprague@nethere.com for details.
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 Date=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!

News Release from Senator Crapo Highlighting LRC

IDAHOANS SAY OPIOID PARTNERSHIPS ARE WORKING
Crapo cites Latah County recovery efforts as he receives health care innovation award

WASHINGTON – Awareness about the dangers of opioid addiction is increasing, but are federal, state and local partnerships working to reduce the risk to Idahoans and Americans? Expanded commitment to fight opioid abuse through new initiatives at the federal level and assistance to states through programs included in the 21st Century Cures Act are reducing the opioid problem in Idaho, according to results provided by those working to address the crisis. Local recovery efforts were shared with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo as he received the American Life Sciences Innovation Council’s (ALSIC) 2018 Champion of Health Care Innovation Award.

“Health care innovation accelerates the discovery, development and delivery of new cures and treatments for a multitude of health problems, and is particularly critical in rural states like Idaho,” said Crapo. “The federal government must be a strong partner in programs to stop drug abuse and awareness and maintain a leading role in conducting medical research.”

Darrell Keim of Moscow is Director for the Latah Recovery Center, and says the center provides approximately 5,000 recovery support sessions annually, including recovery coaching and 12-step programs. Keim says since the center opened in 2015, thanks in part to federal funding, drug and alcohol-related crimes have been “down significantly” in the area. Statistics show police drug calls down by almost one-third and alcohol offenses cut by half since 2013. Keim credits the partnerships between local entities that receive funding from both the local, state and federal levels.

“What I find really amazing is the change in local crime since we opened in 2015 and now,” Keim said. “Our center offers 30 different workshops per week. We also have the Community Hospital Association of Spokane clinic and the Gritman Medical Center and the Center for Hope offering new programs, including access to a full-time psychologist.”

Retired Latah County Commissioner Tom Stroschein and Norma Jager, Administrator for Recovery Idaho, presented the health innovation award to Crapo. They said federal grant programs like those established in the Cures Act are critical to support community recovery centers that work in concert with treatment and criminal justice programs that are making headway in Idaho in the fight against opioid abuse.

The White House declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017, citing the loss of more than 59,000 American lives. As a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, Crapo supported the 21st Century Cures Act, a landmark health care innovation package that authorized federal grant funding to support states and territories in their efforts to assist individuals, access treatment and to reduce opioid-related overdose deaths. Crapo also supported passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which allows the Attorney General to award grants to states to address substance abuse and misuse, and promote recovery.

Crapo said federal dollars have been critical in the establishment of nine community recovery centers around Idaho as the state focuses on recovery access particularly in rural communities. The Senate Finance Committee has held multiple hearings to evaluate effective ways to address the opioid epidemic and actively continues to work on bipartisan legislation aimed at improving the federal response to the opioid epidemic. This week, the committee approved another initiative, the Helping to End Addiction and Lessen (HEAL) Substance Use Disorder Act. The new legislation targets improvements for opioid addiction for beneficiaries and families utilizing services through Medicare and Medicaid.

A report issued this month by the American Medical Association (AMA) noted progress nationwide in reducing opioid addiction issues, through steps like reducing prescriptions for opioids over five consecutive years. Still, much needs to be done since the AMA says more than 100 people die every day from opioid-related overdoses.

The Champion of Health Care Innovation Award, presented by ALSIC in conjunction with Recovery Idaho, Idaho Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, recognizes Senator Crapo’s efforts in Congress to position America as a leading force in health care innovation.

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This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

TODAY IS OUR ANNUAL MEETING, and you’re invited. We’ll be looking at a new slate of officers, discussing our programs, budget, etc. Starts at 3:45.

Now is the time to register for Peer Support Specialist Training. Visit http://www.idahopeersupport.com/training to read the application instructions, Peer Support Specialist Training Guide, and apply online! CDA in September!!!
Check out Recovery Radio on KRFP Thursdays, 1pm. Or get the podcast on iTunes or Googleplay.
The latest writing prompt from Write for You is here: https://wordpress.com/post/latahrecoverycenter.org/1112
This weeks special features:
6/12 Annual Board of Directors Meeting. Public Welcome. 3:45-5pm
6/14 Acupuncture for Recovery w/Megan Baumgartner 2-3pm
6/14 LAMI Family Support Program 7-8:30pm
The full calendar follows.
June at the Latah Recovery Center
Alcoholics Anonymous Every day, noon
Positive Affirmations Mondays, 12-1
Life Skills Mondays, 5-6
Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St Mondays, 6
Recovery Peer Volunteer Meeting Last Monday of month, 6pm
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr) Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Annual Board of Directors Meeting: Public Welcome Tuesday, June 12 3:45-5
Chess w/Steve Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 (Womens mtg)
Free Meal or Snack Sponsored by Good Sam Tuesdays, 5:30-out of food
Prescription Addiction Support Group Tuesdays 7-8
Positive Affirmations Wednesdays 5-6
Recovery International: Mental Health Self-Help Wednesdays, 6:30-8
Acupuncture for Recovery with Megan Baumgartner Thursday June 14 AND 28, 2-3pm
Stewards of Children Training Thursday June 21, 6-7pm
New Volunteer Orientation Thursdays 4-5
Peaceful Art Practices Thursdays 5-6
LAMI: Family Support Program 2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30
All Recovery Meeting Fridays 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Fridays 5:30-6:30 (Open mtg)
Movie/Games: Check website for listing Fridays 6:30-9
PEER Social Activity: Fishing Saturday, June 9. rodsprague@nethere.com for details.
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 Date=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: Start with the Sun

by Nancy Casey

Today, write about what happens when the sun shines.

Put the sun at the beginning of every sentence. Your sentences could begin in any of the following ways:

  • The sun makes …
  • When the sun …
  • Because the sun …
  • The sun influences …
  • After the sun…
  • If the sun …
  • The sun …

Those are a few of the possible beginnings. You will probably come up with more as you are writing.

Because the earth has spent its whole life orbiting the sun, you could probably say that the whole planet and everything on it is the way it is because of the sun. But be specific.

Try going outside and noticing as many things as you can that have been brought about by the sun. Some things can only happen in a shadow. Are those things caused by the sun?

When you are in a closed room with no access to sunlight, what things can you find that wouldn’t be there if not for the sun?

Can you notice the effects of the sun with your eyes closed?

What about when a sliver of sunlight comes through a crack in the closed curtains?

If it wasn’t for the sun, would there be sunglasses? What other things have been invented because of the sun? Pictures? Eyes?

Our eyes are very attuned to effects of the sun, of course. Yet not everyone can see. What about our other senses? Is it possible to hear the sun or taste it? What does it feel like? Does the sun change the way someone perceives the inside of their body? How does the sun affect emotions?

What does the sun do to plants, amoebas, dirt, or plastic? What else does the sun affect?

Fill up a page with your observations and ideas about what the sun does. When you have finished, go back through them and draw a star next to (or on top of) each idea that is personally important to you. Use different sizes of stars to indicate how important each of the things is to you—big stars for “really important” and smaller ones for “less important.” Will some things get no stars at all?

When you have finished, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add decoration and color to the page as needed. When you have finished, get out and enjoy the sun!

Here is an example of what a person could write.

Share what you have written! Post it as a comment below. You can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. Sometimes she teaches writing classes at the Recovery Center. You can find more of her work here. She offers (free!) writing help to anyone in recovery. This can be for any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories novels—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

Curious about acupunctures effect on Recovery? We have an interesting group on June 14 AND 28, 2-3pm. Acupuncture for Recovery w/Megan Baumgartner!

This weeks writing prompt from our Write for You blog: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/06/04/write-for-you-your-inner-chameleon/

Check out our Recovery Radio broadcast, Thursdays 1pm on KRFP or the podcast on iTunes and GooglepPlay!

Here are this months special features:
We have some unique Special Features and new regular offerings for June:
Annual Board of Directors Meeting: Public Welcome Tuesday, June 12 3:45-5
Free Meal or Snack Sponsored by Good Sam Tuesdays, 5:30-out of food

Acupuncture for Recovery with Megan Baumgartner Thursday June 14 AND 28, 2-3pm
Stewards of Children Training Thursday June 21, 6-7pm
PEER Social Activity: Fishing Saturday, June 9. rodsprague@nethere.com for details.
Here’s the full calendar:
Alcoholics Anonymous Every day, noon
Positive Affirmations Mondays, 12-1
Life Skills Mondays, 5-6
Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St Mondays, 6
Recovery Peer Volunteer Meeting Last Monday of month, 6pm
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr) Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Annual Board of Directors Meeting: Public Welcome Tuesday, June 12 3:45-5
Chess w/Steve Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 (Womens mtg)
Free Meal or Snack Sponsored by Good Sam Tuesdays, 5:30-out of food
Prescription Addiction Support Group Tuesdays 7-8
Positive Affirmations Wednesdays 5-6
Recovery International: Mental Health Self-Help Wednesdays, 6:30-8
Acupuncture for Recovery with Megan Baumgartner Thursday June 14 AND 28, 2-3pm
Stewards of Children Training Thursday June 21, 6-7pm
New Volunteer Orientation Thursdays 4-5
Peaceful Art Practices Thursdays 5-6
LAMI: Family Support Program 2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30
All Recovery Meeting Fridays 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Fridays 5:30-6:30 (Open mtg)
Movie/Games: Check website for listing Fridays 6:30-9
PEER Social Activity: Fishing Saturday, June 9. rodsprague@nethere.com for details.
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 Date=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: Your Inner Chameleon

by Nancy Casey

Chameleons are relatively small lizards that are famous for their ability to avoid predators by changing colors to blend into whatever background they happen to be standing on. They move their bodies to blend in, too. For example, if they are walking along a branch, they will sway with the same rhythm as the leaves that are moving in the breeze.

We do that, too. We don’t change colors. (Unless we blush, which hardly helps us to blend in!) We do change our behaviors for different situations, though. It’s a survival technique, too. Although we are all distinct individuals, it’s hard to feel comfortable when other people are only noticing your difference or constantly calling attention to it.

What do you do to blend in to various situations? Think about ways that you sit, stand, and walk when you are with people who know you well and accept you unconditionally. Compare that to your body language when you are at work, in school, or meeting the family of your love-interest for the first time.

We blend in with language, too. If you are multi-lingual, this is obvious. Even if you only speak English, the variety of English that comes out of your mouth and even the things that you say will differ depending on who you are talking to. Think about how you answer the question, “How is your day going?” when the cashier asks that as you pay for your groceries. If you answered as if you were talking to a therapist, the situation would turn uncomfortable.

Clothing is important to blending in. So much so that some situations have dress codes. Interestingly, sometimes in order to blend in, you have to wear clothes that usually make you stand out. Think of a formal dance or a Halloween party.

Are there situations where it is simply impossible for you to blend in? How do you handle those? Do they make you uncomfortable? Do you try to blend in anyway, or do you just roll with it? Is there a pep talk you give to yourself to remain relaxed and confident when you think everyone is noticing how different you are?

Today, write about your habits and practices of blending in. How much effort do you put into it? When is it important? What is difficult about it? How much do you care? Have your attitudes about it changed over your lifetime?

As you write this, remember that your writing only needs to blend in with your own ideas about how you feel like writing right now. That’s what writing for you is all about.

When you have finished, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add decoration and color to the page as needed. Here is an example of what a person could write.

Here is a video with more information about how amazing chameleons are, but if you would be grossed out by watching them chomp large insects, you might want to skip it.

Share what you have written! Post it as a comment below. You can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. Sometimes she teaches writing classes at the Recovery Center. You can find more of her work here. If you are in recovery and would like her (free!) help with any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories novels—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

June at the Latah Recovery Center

 

I wasn’t quite organized enough to get our June calendar out with the regular Monday announcements. I hope you don’t mind two emails from us this week!

We have some unique Special Features and new regular offerings for June:
Annual Board of Directors Meeting: Public Welcome Tuesday, June 12 3:45-5
Free Meal or Snack Sponsored by Good Sam Tuesdays, 5:30-out of food

Acupuncture for Recovery with Megan Baumgartner Thursday June 14 AND 28, 2-3pm
Stewards of Children Training Thursday June 21, 6-7pm
PEER Social Activity: Fishing Saturday, June 9. rodsprague@nethere.com for details.

Alcoholics Anonymous                                                                                      Every day, noon

 

Positive Affirmations                                                                                          Mondays, 12-1

 

Life Skills                                                                                                              Mondays, 5-6

 

Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St                                                                         Mondays, 6

 

Recovery Peer Volunteer Meeting                                                                    Last Monday of month, 6pm

 

Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr)                                                              Tuesdays 12:30-1:30

 

Annual Board of Directors Meeting:  Public Welcome                Tuesday, June 12 3:45-5

 

Chess w/Steve                                                                                                      Tues and Thurs 5-6

 

Narcotics Anonymous                                                                                        Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 (Womens mtg)

 

Free Meal or Snack Sponsored by Good Sam                                               Tuesdays, 5:30-out of food

 

Prescription Addiction Support Group                                                             Tuesdays 7-8

 

Positive Affirmations                                                                                          Wednesdays 5-6

 

Recovery International:  Mental Health Self-Help                                      Wednesdays, 6:30-8

 

Acupuncture for Recovery with Megan Baumgartner                                 Thursday June 14 AND 28, 2-3pm

 

Stewards of Children Training                                                                          Thursday June 21, 6-7pm

 

New Volunteer Orientation                                                                                Thursdays 4-5

 

Peaceful Art Practices                                                                                         Thursdays 5-6

 

LAMI:  Family Support Program                                                                     2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30

 

All Recovery Meeting                                                                                         Fridays 5-6

 

Narcotics Anonymous                                                                                        Fridays 5:30-6:30 (Open mtg)

 

Movie/Games:  Check website for listing                                                       Fridays 6:30-9

 

PEER Social Activity:  Fishing                                                                          Saturday, June 9.  rodsprague@nethere.com for details.

 

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 Date=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!