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This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

December at the Latah Recovery Center
Alcoholics Anonymous Every day, noon
Positive Affirmations Mondays, 12-1
Life Skills Mondays, 5-6
Christmas Party!!! Monday, 12/18, 5-8
Make Your Hobby Pay 1st Monday of month, 6-7
What is Trust Based Relational Intervention? 12/11, 6-8
Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St Mondays, 6
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr) Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Chess w/Steve Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Tuesdays and Fridays 6-7
Volunteer Appreciation Potluck and Party Tuesday, 12/12 5:30-7
Domestic Abuse Support Group Tuesdays 6-7
Art w/Alex Tuesdays 7-8
Prescription Addiction Support Group Tuesdays 7-8
FREE Health Vitals Check by Gritman Medical Center Wednesday, 12/13 1:30-4
Positive Affirmations Wednesdays 5-6
Families and Caregivers of Addicts Support Group Wednesdays 6-7
Recovery International: Mental Health Self-Help Wednesdays, 6:30-8
Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse (1912 Ctr) Thursday, 12/7, 4-8
New Volunteer Orientation Thursdays 4-5
LAMI: Family Support Program 2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30
All Recovery Meeting Fridays 5-6
Movie/Games: Check website for listing Fridays 6:30-9
Bingo Saturday, 12/30 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 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: Eat Something

by Nancy Casey

One thing for certain about today’s writing exercise: you can’t do it on an empty stomach! Today you will write from direct experience exactly what it is like to eat something.

What must you eat? Anything. A meal. A snack. Something that you like. Something you don’t like. It really doesn’t matter as long as you eat it.

It can be a favorite food, maybe some kind of treat that you like to have on hand over to holidays. It can be a completely ordinary food, something that you eat every day. It can be something that you cooked, bought, or received from a friend. The important thing is that you take a moment to eat it thoughtfully, and then write down everything that happened.

Begin by explaining what the food is. Then take a bite, chew it up carefully write down your observations. Then take another bite, and another, each time recording what happens.

A lot goes on inside your mouth when you are eating. You don’t simply “chew” for example. Try to notice what your tongue, teeth and cheeks do to make sure that the food is lined up right so that it can be chewed properly. Which parts of your tongue are the most active? How does the lump of food move around?

Pay attention to which teeth are the busiest. Do the teeth on one side work harder than on the other? Do some teeth avoid working altogether? Are certain teeth more active at different times during the “take-a-bite” and the “chewing-up” processes?

Try to notice other sensations: wet, dry, hard, soft, rough, pointed, crisp, hot, cold. The sensations you have will depend on what you are eating. Try to notice as many as you can. What smells can you smell? Are there bursts of flavor or changes in texture? What do you hear?

How do you know when to swallow? What is it that you do, exactly, as you swallow? Does it have a special sound? What parts of your mouth are most involved? What are all the things that have to happen before your mouth is empty again.

How does the eating experience change as it continues? Is a bite from the middle of a sandwich different from a bite from around the edges? Is the first bite of a donut the same as the last one?

The beginning of the end of the eating experience takes place as you put the last morsel of food in your mouth. How does “eating” finally finish? What kinds of things happen to tidy up the inside of your mouth? How long does it take before every single sensation that has to do with eating is completely gone? What is the last sensation that you feel?

Try to surprise yourself with all the things that you can notice in the process of eating one small meal or snack.

Be sure to give your work a title and write the date on it. Here is an example of what a person could write: http://planetnancy.net/writing-prompts/eat-something/

 

Nancy Casey has lived in rural Latah County for many years. She has taught writing classes at the Recovery Center and will return again in the spring of 2018. You can find more of her work at http://planetnancy.net/ If you would like her help with a writing project, large or small, email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

Help needed: We are still looking for some help to staff the Alternative Giving Market on Thursday. If you can help at any time during the hours of 3-8:30 let me (Darrell) know.

The latest exercise from our Write for You blog: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2017/12/04/write-for-you-circles-in-the-sky/

Special this week:
12/4 (That’s today!) Make Your Hobby Pay, 6-7pm. Local entrepreneur Stu Scott is here to answer your questions about starting a business.
12/7 Alternative Giving Market, 4-8pm. Come see our display and support local nonprofits at the 1912 Center.

December at the Latah Recovery Center
Alcoholics Anonymous Every day, noon
Positive Affirmations Mondays, 12-1
Life Skills Mondays, 5-6
Christmas Party!!! Monday, 12/18, 5-8
Make Your Hobby Pay 1st Monday of month, 6-7
What is Trust Based Relational Intervention? 12/11, 6-8
Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St Mondays, 6
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr) Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Chess w/Steve Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Tuesdays and Fridays 6-7
Volunteer Appreciation Potluck and Party Tuesday, 12/12 5:30-7
Domestic Abuse Support Group Tuesdays 6-7
Art w/Alex Tuesdays 7-8
Prescription Addiction Support Group Tuesdays 7-8
FREE Health Vitals Check by Gritman Medical Center Wednesday, 12/13 1:30-4
Positive Affirmations Wednesdays 5-6
Families and Caregivers of Addicts Support Group Wednesdays 6-7
Recovery International: Mental Health Self-Help Wednesdays, 6:30-8
Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse (1912 Ctr) Thursday, 12/7, 4-8
New Volunteer Orientation Thursdays 4-5
LAMI: Family Support Program 2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30
All Recovery Meeting Fridays 5-6
Movie/Games: Check website for listing Fridays 6:30-9
Bingo Saturday, 12/30 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 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: Circles in the Sky

by Nancy Casey

The work that you will do in your writing practice today is in two parts. In the first part you will do something. In the second part you will write about what it was like to do it. The thing that you will do is an exercise that relaxes your neck and supposedly improves your concentration.

You have probably seen setups where bright spotlights shine up into the sky, making it look like light sabers are scribbling on the clouds and stars. You are going to pretend that you have one of those spotlights shining straight up out of the top of your head.

But first you have to pick a number between 8 and 20. Do that now.

Then sit comfortably, in a position where you will still be comfortable in 10 or 20 minutes. You can sit at a table, in a bed, on the floor, in a chair. Your feet can be high or low, legs straight or crossed. Give your back some support so you don’t have to hold it up all by yourself. You might even want to support your head and neck a little bit as well.

Once you are settled, close your eyes, turn on the spotlight on the top of your head and try to draw a slow even circle of light in the sky. I say “try” because you must do this with the whole rest of your body completely relaxed. So the circle probably won’t be round. It will probably be small. Depending on how much tension you have in your neck and shoulders, the circle you draw might be so small that you only imagine drawing it without moving your head.

Remember that number between 8 and 20 that you picked out? That’s how many circles you will draw. Staying relaxed is the most important thing. Going very slowly is important, too. The shape of the circles isn’t so important. It’s kind of interesting to notice how lumpy they are and how they change.

Count slowly to yourself as you make each circle. If your mind drifts off or you lose count, start over. (That’s the “improves your concentration” part.) When you have drawn all the circles in one direction, reverse course and draw the same number of circles in the opposite direction.

What if you keep losing count and it seems like you’ll never get done? Just say “Oh well” every time you have to start over. If you keep at it for 10 or 20 minutes, that’s certainly enough to say that you gave it a good try and stop. If you only had time to make circles in one direction, draw a couple of circles in the opposite direction before you quit, just so your neck can unwind.

Then write about what that was like. How it felt. Whether it was easy or hard. If you kept forgetting about what you were doing and thinking about something else, write about what you were thinking. You could end up not writing about making circles at all. Whatever you write, give it a title and put the date on your page. Here is an example: http://planetnancy.net/writing-prompts/relax-your-neck/

 

You can draw these circles in the sky at any time. In the bathroom when you want a few moments of privacy to refresh your mind or calm down. In bed when you can’t sleep. In the morning when you wake up.

Change it up. Experiment with different numbers of circles. Imagine the spotlight is on your nose, or that you have one on each ear.

Anything goes, as long as you make circles, stay relaxed, and cheerfully start over each time you lose count.

 

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. You can find more of her work at http://www.PlanetNancy.net. If you would like her help with a writing project, email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

December at the Latah Recovery Center and a request or two…

What?!?, you’re saying to yourself. Two notes from the LRC in one week? I know-I try to avoid email clutter. Sorry! But I have three important items:

1. We need some volunteers to help staff our station at the Alternative Giving Market next Thursday. We could use people starting at 3pm. Table open until about 8:30pm. Let me know if you can help!
2. Don’t forget our Computer 101 class tonight, 7pm!
3. December calendar. Please post in your work place if it is appropriate.
December at the Latah Recovery Center
Alcoholics Anonymous Every day, noon
Positive Affirmations Mondays, 12-1
Life Skills Mondays, 5-6
Christmas Party!!! Monday, 12/18, 5-8
Make Your Hobby Pay 1st Monday of month, 6-7
What is Trust Based Relational Intervention? 12/11, 6-8
Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St Mondays, 6
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr) Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Chess w/Steve Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Tuesdays and Fridays 6-7
Volunteer Appreciation Potluck and Party Tuesday, 12/12 5:30-7
Domestic Abuse Support Group Tuesdays 6-7
Art w/Alex Tuesdays 7-8
Prescription Addiction Support Group Tuesdays 7-8
FREE Health Vitals Check by Gritman Medical Center Wednesday, 12/13 1:30-4
Positive Affirmations Wednesdays 5-6
Families and Caregivers of Addicts Support Group Wednesdays 6-7
Recovery International: Mental Health Self-Help Wednesdays, 6:30-8
Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse (1912 Ctr) Thursday, 12/7, 4-8
New Volunteer Orientation Thursdays 4-5
LAMI: Family Support Program 2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30
All Recovery Meeting Fridays 5-6
Movie/Games: Check website for listing Fridays 6:30-9
Bingo Saturday, 12/30 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.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU! Last weeks Thanksgiving Dinner was a resounding success thanks to the generosity of 5 Star Equity, INC., One World Café, several private donors, and LRC staff. Almost 40 members of the recovery community were able to receive a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner thanks to all of YOU! Thank you for making it happen.

This weeks Write for You writing activity: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2017/11/27/write-for-you-continuity/

November at the Latah Recovery Center
Alcoholics Anonymous Every day, noon
Life Skills Mondays, 5-6
Make Your Hobby Pay 1st Monday of month, 6-7pm
Refuge Recovery 420 E. 2nd St Mondays, 6pm
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr) Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Chess w/Steve Tues and Thurs 5-6
Thanksgiving Dinner FREE. OPEN TO ALL IN RECOVERY Tues. 11/21, 5-8pm One World Cafe
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
Coffee With a Cop Wed., 11/15, 7am and 7pm
Positive Affirmations Wednesdays 5-6
Families and Caregivers of Addicts Support Group Wednesdays 6-7
Recovery International: Mental Health Self-Help Wednesdays, 6:30-8
New Volunteer Orientation Thursdays 4-5
Embracing the Body’s Natural Defense Strategies Thursday, 11/9 5:30-6:30
Understanding the Body’s Ability to Adjust to a Harsh Environ. Thursday, 11/16 5:30-6:30
LAMI: Family Support Program 2nd Thurs of month 7-8:30
Computer 101 Thursday, 11/30, 7-8pm
All Recovery Meeting Fridays 5-6
Movie/Games: Check website for listing Fridays 6:30-9
Bingo Saturday, 11/25 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 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: Continuity

by Nancy Casey

Things that stay the same in our lives over time are what give our lives continuity. These things could be situations, such as a job, a support group, or a relationship. The continuous things could be places: a town, a library, a home. Our lives can derive continuity from possessions we have had for a long time: favorite shirts, certain books, that cup, a car.

The funny thing about continuity is that we wouldn’t notice anything about the things that stay the same if there weren’t a whole lot of other things that changed.

On top of that, you can’t really predict ahead of time what’s going to stay with you in your life and what’s going to disappear. You can expect certain things to be the same. You can even try hard to keep them the same. But dishes break, relationships end, and suitcases get lost. Only by looking back can you say for sure what parts of your life, big or small, have stayed the same.

Today in your writing, choose one aspect of your life that’s been continuous for awhile. Big or small. It could be anything from your house or your best friend to your shoes. (You can decide how long “awhile” should be.)

Begin by describing what you have chosen to write about. Tell what it is. What does it look or feel like? What do you notice and appreciate about it? What role does it play in your life now, today?

Then think about the past. Think of a different moment when the “thing” was present. It could be sometime in the past when you wore the shoes, talked to the friend, sat on a certain couch. Describe that moment. How this one thing is still present, even though the surroundings and situation could be entirely different.

You could end up writing a lot about one moment, and explain how something present in your life today was present at a significant moment.

You might find it more interesting to write short descriptions of a string of moments where many things changed, but this one thing you have in mind stayed with you or stayed the same.

Whatever you decide to write, it will be interesting. Because no two lives are the same.

When you have finished give your work a title and write the date on it. There is an example of what a person could write here: http://planetnancy.net/writing-prompts/continuity/

 

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. You can find more of her work at http://planetnancy.net/ If you would like her help with a writing project, email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.