Another successful day at the PRA and LARC with our second annual poker run. We are thankful for our friends at the LARC. Amazing day with an auction, raffle, dinner, live bands! Lake Area Recovery Club and PRA hosted a #pokerrun. Portage Mayor Sue Lynch dropped in to say hello to support our event. She is the winner of a beautiful necklace that’s donated by Bunch Jewelry. #recoverymonth #nwi #charity #community #sobermovement #unity #recoverymonth
Lake Area Recovery Club invited PRA to collaborate together to throw the biggest poker fun in the region. We are excited for this event for many reasons. We have a number of restaurants and local businesses who are donating food and certificates for the event. What is better than a large group of recovery members to celebrate sobriety during National Recovery Month?!!
Interested in donating a certificate, gift basket, desserts, or more for this event? Msg Nicole at 219-364-6138.
Are you or a friend celebrating a recovery birthday this month? Did you missed last months party and would love to share your story with us tomorrow evening? Message us for details. Doors will open at four & dinner served at 5. The countdown & speakers will begin at 6:30. Salad Bar themed dinner provided by PRA. Five dollars at the door. Raffle as well. Winner need not be present for the winning raffle ticket. Sanitizer provided. Encourage wearing masks. #recoverybirthday #pramoments
Every September, SAMHSA organization sponsors National Recovery Month to celebrate the people who recover and to increase awareness and understanding of substance abuse and mental health disorders. Last year, we invited Brandon George to speak on a panel with a local mayor, chief of police, school administrator and attorney. For “TBT”, please listen to Brandon George’s TED Talk. We included something below from the event.
Save the date for the next recovery event – September 12th, 2020.
Celebrating sobriety and clean date birthdays this Saturday with friends at the PRA. We love to share now Recovery IS possible with the new and old-timers!
5965 McCasland Ave, Portage, IN
Celebrating recovery time with our community is important. The newly sober person should see that Recovery IS possible! We can have fun sober. Mark your calendars to attend the monthly anniversary parties. It’s the last Saturday of the month.
Happy Sunday! Portage Recovery continues to provide a safe place for people to meet for support groups and fellowship. Our goal is for men and women to find the help they seek, here. Three weeks since we have reopened our doors. Large groups of members are returning, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to attend meetings via zoom and now in person. We have sold a number of memberships, coffee mugs, and t-shirts as our fundraisers. The Anniversary Party was a huge hit! 164 years of sobriety with five speakers sharing their experience, strength and hope. The Living In Today Memorial Party was a lot of fun as well.
Returning to some sense of normalcy is a goal in itself. We look forward to the day when we can reopen the coffee station. We look forward to the day where all people feel safe in groups, the workplace, and community. We look forward to the day when we can pack the house without concerns from outsiders and friends.
A great opportunity to support the Portage Recovery Association is to join our club is by buying a membership. For the month of April, or however long the pandemic shutdown shall last, we are offering a Quarantine Special!
LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP FUNDRAISER
Excited about our Lifetime Membership Fundraiser where the cost is only $250! The membership will also include an engraved personalized brick which is also a great way to honor, remember or celebrate someone or something special in your life.
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.
In response to the rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in the midwest, the Portage Recovery Association (and number of support groups) have both made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend some of the support groups.
The morning meetings, the 830 Wake Up Call & 5:30PM groups, the Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8PM groups & Saturday 8PM NA Speaker group closed its doors temporarily.
The Living In Today Men’s Monday 8PM meeting went virtual! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Portage Recovery members are in the process of creating virtual meetings throughout the week! Visit our facebook.com/portagerecovery for details.
Attended the Porter County Substance Abuse Council meeting today to meet the professional community who work directly with people with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Matt Heskett, a trained recovery coach who shared about an organization, Stigma Never Helps. Great presentation!
Visit site: https://stigmaneverhelps.com/ for more information.
The Portage Recovery Association, Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and their families in recovery. We offer a safe and a sober environment collectively based on the principles of 12-step recovery programs. Through activities such as meetings, fellowship, educational activities and social events PRA strives to enhance the lives of people in recovery and the communities in which they live.
The purpose and plan of operation of the Portage Recovery Association, Inc is to provide, operate and maintain a facility as may be deemed necessary or desirable by its members for the comfort, convenience, welfare and entertainment of its members. To engage in business activities furthering the overall welfare of the Club and its members.
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
Opportunity to raise money to offer a “Clean and Sober hangout” with open mic. Any help is appreciated.