The New Way of Living Group meets daily at 10:30AM for the past decade and has notified us of an upcoming change. Monday through Friday, the New Way Group decided to meet at a later time, 12PM beginning January 1st. The Saturday meeting changed it’s name to the First Things First Group, and like the New Way of Living Sunday group, will meet at 10:30AM.
Let’s begin by giving you some framework on how to best think about addiction.
Imagine a close friend or family member is diagnosed with heart disease. Then, despite the fact that heart disease is a chronic condition with no cure, your loved one goes to great lengths to adjust their lifestyle to improve their health.
They quit smoking, begin working out, eating healthy, taking prescribed medication, attending cardiac rehab, and setting goals.
After some time passes, they experience a setback and require surgery. Would you feel angry at them for the progression of their heart disease? Or would you cheer them on as they recover? Would you be proud of them for their continued hard work or frustrated with their inability to be cured of an incurable disease?
In this hypothetical scenario of heart disease, of course you would be supportive, encouraging, and caring.
But what if your friend or family member was suffering from addiction? Would you respond the same?
The Realities Of Addiction
Addiction is a disease for which we have no cure. Recovery is not a finish line to be crossed… It is an ongoing journey with stages of progress and periods of struggle.
Unfortunately, this can be difficult to understand for those supporting their loved ones in their struggle with addiction.
Contrary to popular belief, recovery from addiction is not a matter of willpower. For those who suffer from substance use disorders, it takes more than good intentions to stop using drugs and alcohol because addiction changes the brain.
The use of drugs and alcohol impairs choice and willpower, meaning an addict’s dependency is often beyond their control. This is why recovery often requires professional treatment and the support, understanding, and encouragement of loved ones.
Each day, a person seeking help for substance or alcohol abuse can find a 12-step meeting in the morning and evenings here at the Portage Recovery Association. We are a clubhouse of men and women who utilize a 12-step model to treat their afflictions. Contact us for additional information: email@example.com.
“A Month of Awareness: National Recovery Month Suicide Prevention Month » Alo House Malibu.” Alo House Malibu. September 17, 2018. Accessed June 11, 2019. https://alorecovery.com/a-month-of-awareness-national-recovery-month-suicide-prevention-month/ Perfect illustration of viewing addiction and heart disease differently when both issues are health problems.
SAVE THE DATE!!
Another successful event! Our mayor stopped in to meet our friends. We are excited to have his support! Visit the City of Portage YouTube page to learn more about what’s happening in this great town: https://youtu.be/dcwOZZoC53I.
Mayor John Cannon has agreed to speak at a new event. PRA will host an event to recognize #NationalRecoveryMonth. We are planning the first of many to recognize recovery month in September. Save the date-September 14th!!
Recovery is possible! Recovery is something to be proud of! Join us by celebrating the people in your life who are in recovery during National Recovery Month! #nationalrecoverymonth #risforrecovery
The Living In Today Monday night men’s group hosts both Labor and Memorial Day holidays. Tonight, the men did not let us down! They threw a Sausage and Corn party. Record numbers of people attended the event. Grateful alcoholics supporting 12 step members with free food and fellowship. Great job!
Opportunity to raise money to offer a “Clean and Sober hangout” with open mic. Any help is appreciated.
The Portage Recovery Club (“PRA”)is a 501(c)7 clubhouse in Portage, Indiana which provides opportunities for 12-step groups to meet. The PRA offers a safe haven for men and women to fellowship, celebrate recovery, and frequent regularly. It’s the only club of it’s kind in Portage. On March 9, an art exhibit fundraiser will be held at the clubhouse and is open to the public. Silent auctions, coffee bar, live acoustic music, and food. Join us at 5pm to purchase art to raise money for our great organization! Seeking donations to ensure the money raised is 100% profit. It’s our goal to purchase appliances, such as cappuccino machine, posters, flyers, postage, and other materials to ensure a successful fundraiser.