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This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

The latest from our writing group is here: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/04/16/write-for-you-just-doodle/

Be sure to check out Recovery Radio. Thursdays, 1pm on KRFP. Or try the podcast on ITunes or GooglePlay. Want to be a guest on the show? Denise and Jonny are looking for people to interview. People working with Recovery, in Recovery, family members, professionals… If you have something to share about Recovery they want to hear from you. Email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for info.

Have you heard about Mental Health First Aid being offered in Pullman? The #3 Memorial Fund is offering it, and has a number of scholarships available for those in need, students, etc. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3372682

Here’s what’s happening!
April 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
Intro to MSWord and Powerpoint Monday, April 23, 6:30pm
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr) Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Board of Directors Second Tuesday of month, 3:45-5
Chess w/Steve Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 (Womens mtg)
Domestic Abuse Support Group Tuesdays 6-7
Prescription Addiction Support Group Tuesdays 7-8
Positive Affirmations Wednesdays 5-6
Recovery International: Mental Health Self-Help Wednesdays, 6:30-8
New Volunteer Orientation Thursdays 4-5
Peaceful Art Practices Thursdays 4-5
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
AA Speakers Meeting 3rd Saturday of month, 11-2:30
Learn How to Crochet & Calm Your Mind 4th Sat of month, 10-12
Social Activity: Appaloosa Museum Tour April 21, 11am
Recovering Parents: Trust Based Relational Intervention Parents Group Sunday 4/8, 4/22 2:30-4 4/30 6:30-7:30
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: Just Doodle

by Nancy Casey

When you have a writing practice, your goal is to do some writing. Period. It is likely that benefits will accrue from your efforts, but the connection isn’t always direct. Maybe over time, you will like yourself better or get in touch with your feelings. Maybe your regular writing will improve your spelling. Maybe it will give you a great idea for how to rearrange the furniture.

When you sit down to do your writing, the task is always the same: fill up a page. One page. On some days you might do extra. Maybe your writing will spill onto a second page and then a third one. But maybe it won’t. Your goal is to fill a page and when the page is full, you’ve succeeded.

You don’t have to write fast. Your writing doesn’t have to be neat. You don’t have to write in cursive. The words don’t need to be packed in tight as bricks. As long as the page is full and has some words on it, you’ve done your writing.

To demonstrate that to yourself, let doodling be the focus of your writing today.

When you doodle, you send your pen around the page to make whatever marks you happen to make. Perhaps you will “draw” things that you know how to draw. If you do, don’t draw them with the intent of making them look a certain way. Don’t hesitate or wonder what you ought to do. Just let your pen roam around, making lines and shapes, marks and blobs. As long as that’s happening, you are doing it right.

You can start in one small place on the page, like the middle or a corner, and let your doodle grow outward from there. Or perhaps you would prefer to begin with a few large strokes over the whole page and then fill in the spaces you have made. Maybe you’ll do some combination of both.

Having several colors handy to make some variety can be nice, but it isn’t a requirement.

In the course of your doodling, write a few words. Very few. Ten would be plenty.

Notice how it feels to doodle up a whole page. Usually after about 10 minutes of an activity like doodling, a person’s mind slows down. Maybe your brain starts to doodle, too. That slowing of the mind is the real purpose of your writing practice. It doesn’t seem like much when it is happening, but over time, in a process that nobody really understands, it can create a little island of calmness inside of you. The benefits that come from “writing” really come from the calmness you create by doing the writing. Anything that lands on the page is a bonus.

When you have filled your page with doodling, turn it sideways and upside-down to see which way it looks best. Figure out where the title should go. Write the date on it as well. 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 and has taught writing classes at the Recovery Center in the past. You can find more of her work here. If you would like her help with a writing project—resumes, letters, stories novels—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

Learn how to better serve children impacted by trauma, abuse and neglect: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/04/10/empower-to-connect-training-april-13-14/

Check out Recovery Radio Thursdays on KRFP at 1pm, or download the podcast on GooglePlay and ITunes!

The latest prompt from our Write for You writers group https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/04/10/the-sky-is-falling/

April 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
Intro to MSWord and Powerpoint Monday, April 23, 6:30pm
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr) Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Board of Directors Second Tuesday of month, 3:45-5
Chess w/Steve Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 (Womens mtg)
Domestic Abuse Support Group Tuesdays 6-7
Prescription Addiction Support Group Tuesdays 7-8
Positive Affirmations Wednesdays 5-6
Recovery International: Mental Health Self-Help Wednesdays, 6:30-8
New Volunteer Orientation Thursdays 4-5
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
AA Speakers Meeting 3rd Saturday of month, 11-2:30
Learn How to Crochet & Calm Your Mind 4th Sat of month, 10-12
Social Activity: Appaloosa Museum Tour April 21, 11am
Recovering Parents: Trust Based Relational Intervention Parents Group Sunday 4/8, 4/22 2:30-4 4/30 6:30-7:30
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: The Sky is Falling

by Nancy Casey

One of the things you can do on a rainy day is marvel at what is happening. Water, an essential substance that we can’t live without, is falling down on us from the sky. Imagine that!

Today in your writing, play around with the idea of things falling from the sky. You can write sentences that take this form:

[….What?Who?…] fell down from the sky [….And did what?…].

You might have a lot more to say about it. Were there consequences? Was there a reason?

Maybe you wish something would fall down from the sky and make some changes in the world or in your life. In that case, begin, “I wish…” and let your imagination open the sky and start dropping things. Describe the changes these things make.

Maybe you are absolutely clear about what you don’t want falling down from the sky and into your reality. Then you could write sentences in this form:

I hope […Who?What?….] doesn’t fall from the sky ….

You will probably want to add some more information to explain why this would not be a good thing.

Another way to write about what falls from the sky is to imagine all the visible and invisible things that could fall and tell what that feels like, or what it makes you think of. The poet Paul Verlaine, for example, wrote, “Tears fall in my heart like rain on the town.” What else can fall from the sky and affect the way you feel? Must rain always be sad? What could fall from the sky and make you laugh? A fly ball falling from the sky and into a baseball glove would likely make an outfielder feel quite satisfied.

Today in your writing, open up the sky to your imagination. You can give all the details of a momentous sky-drop. Or, if you prefer, you can describe many different things that will or could or won’t fall from the sky.

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.

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. 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 here. If you would like her help with a writing project—resumes, letters, stories novels—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

First, a REALLY BIG THANK YOU! We had a great fundraiser last week, and it’s the support of our community that made it possible. 280 community leaders found out about the opiate crisis, mental health and addiction in Moscow last week. They came together to both learn and offer their support. And, boy did they support! Together we raised almost $28000! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now back to our regular broadcast.

Check out our latest Write for You activity: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2018/04/03/write-for-you-questions-questions/

Remember, you can always download some inspiration with our Recovery Radio podcast on both Googleplay AND ITunes! Why not check out what Denise and Jonny have been doing right now?

We have one late addition to our April calendar:
Intro to MSWord and Powerpoint on April 23, 6:30pm.

Here’s the April calendar!
April 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
Intro to MSWord and Powerpoint Monday, April 23, 6:30pm
Yoga (Hosted by Moscow Yoga Ctr) Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
Board of Directors Second Tuesday of month, 3:45-5
Chess w/Steve Tues and Thurs 5-6
Narcotics Anonymous Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 (Womens mtg)
Domestic Abuse Support Group Tuesdays 6-7
Prescription Addiction Support Group Tuesdays 7-8
Positive Affirmations Wednesdays 5-6
Recovery International: Mental Health Self-Help Wednesdays, 6:30-8
New Volunteer Orientation Thursdays 4-5
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
AA Speakers Meeting 3rd Saturday of month, 11-2:30
Learn How to Crochet & Calm Your Mind 4th Sat of month, 10-12
Social Activity: Appaloosa Museum Tour April 21, 11am
Recovering Parents: Trust Based Relational Intervention Parents Group Sunday 4/8, 4/22 2:30-4 4/30 6:30-7:30
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!