In the month of March, our board took steps to address safety concerns for COVID-19. In the beginning, cleaning supplies were provided to disinfect before and after the support groups. Next, a difficult decision was made, again to address safety concerns, to shut down the coffee station. Recovery members & coffee typically go hand-in-hand, so it was not an easy choice to make; however, SAFETY remained the operative word. As members opted to stay home, plus a member having reported they were experiencing symptoms, the board members made another the tough decision to close down, but the governor made the final choice for everyone.
How will we manage our recovery without the opportunity to attend support groups? Fear about the doors closing scared people. How will we reach the suffering addict/alcoholic? How will they know how to find help? Should we meet in the parking lots? In members’ homes? Logic tells us to pay attention
Several members worked quickly to create a venue to the recovery groups to meet online via Zoom. We taped signs to the door with phone numbers and access to the virtual meetings. Board members reached out the local recovery groups by person and/or posting in social media closed groups, probation, and local treatment centers to ensure the suffering addict/alcoholic will find the help they seek, online or by phone. The original 12-step program was created in 1935 where groups met once a month, across the state, and with their spouses. If men and women could find recovery in the days before social media, we felt confident people today could reach us online. Access the groups via Zoom which (now) requires a password for all meetings. Message us for the codes and passwords. The Portage Recovery created a Utility GoFundMe to offset our monthly expenses. What humbled us was the overwhelming support we received! Within three hours, we received $170 via GoFundMe. $2100 in cash and online donations in six days! Because of the generosity of our friends, we were able to cover two months worth of utility bills!! Grateful! No words can describe our gratitude for each donation, post on Facebook asking people to help, and offers to help in so many ways.
PRA Utility Fund – If you, or someone you may know, would like to contribute to our Utility Fund, select the link to help the Portage Recovery Association.
March Madness! Everything is shutting down. Our groups could no longer meet. Events cancelled. Portage Recovery Association survived March Madness, aka COVID Shutdown.
Today, the PRA board made the difficult decision to close its doors. We felt it was more important to prevent the spread of this illness by launching a virtual list of 12-step meetings.
Many thanks for the generosity of our friends! So far, PRA received $505 in donations…in 24 hours! Consider sharing the fundraising link in your groups and personal pages. We are asking our friends and community to support our place with $5-$25 or more in donations towards the monthly expenses during this time.
Source: Grapevine Magazine
- Line up extra 12-step activities (help on the phones, speak, empty the ashtrays).
- Be host to friends, especially newcomers, at home or at a coffee shop.
- Keep your 12-step telephone list with you at all times.
- Find out about holiday meetings or celebrations in your local groups.
- Skip any drinking occasions you’re nervous about.
- If there’s one you can’t skip, take an recovery friend–or keep candy handy.
- Don’t think you have to stay late (plan an “important date” in advance).
- Go to church. Any church. And don’t forget about extra meetings.
- Don’t sit around brooding; catch up on reading, museums, walks, letters.
- Don’t project about holiday temptations: remember “One day at a time.”
- Even if you cannot give material gifts, enjoy the beauty of holiday love.
- Carry the message. Give the joy away, and it will be yours to keep.
- Reach out to your community via social media
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.