Pat McGraw, a counselor at The Prevention Coalition – a recovery support organization based in Southern California – sent us a lovely e-mail filled links to helpful resources out there for any of you who may find yourselves feeling stressed out and/or struggling through this holiday season.
Please check our Pat’s guest post with those links included, and please – reach out to and keep in close contact with your support groups and friends in recovery. And feel free to contact us here at LifeRing anytime via e-mail at email@example.com.
Many thanks to Pat for sharing this information with all of us, and to all of you, we wish you safe, healthy, happy, and peaceful holidays.
While this is a joyful and busy time of the year for most, many people suffering from mental health issues or substance abuse disorder find the holidays to be a challenge.
As a counselor, I see a lot of my clients struggle with putting on a brave face during the winter holidays. For those in recovery, the parties and celebrations are rife with temptation (and explanation). For those suffering from depression and anxiety, the holidays can exacerbate feelings of despondence and agitation — which, unfortunately, can linger even after the holiday season is over.
In an effort to help those who are suffering find measures of comfort and reassurance, I have created a list of resources to share this list with your readers.
How about starting here:
LifeRing is proud and pleased as punch to announce a new meeting, open to patients and the public, at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco beginning next Wednesday, July 6th. Every new meeting is a big deal to us, but this meeting has especially important story behind it we’d like to tell you about, as well.
Per the meeting’s convenor, LifeRing Board of Directors Chair Byron Kerr:
“The exciting thing about this is that the City of San Francisco invited LifeRing to begin this meeting, which sends an implicit endorsement of LifeRing support to the recovery world. Laguna Honda Hospital, which is owned and operated by the Department of Public Health of the City & County of San Francisco, invited LifeRing to begin support meetings at the hospital in April of 2015. After more than a year of discussion, access badging, volunteer orientation, and interviews from both perspectives, we are ready to start.”
Check out the meeting information below:
When: Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, beginning on July 6th
Where: Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, 1st Floor Art Studio, 375 Laguna Honda Blvd. San Francisco , CA 94116
Convenor: Byron Kerr
Contact Information: Telephone: 925-922-3553 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our sincerest thanks go out to the Department of Public Health, City and County of San Francisco, and to Laguna Honda Hospital for inviting us to serve their patients and community. Congratulations to Byron and all new meeting members – we wish you all the best!
One of the most magical things that happens in LifeRing’s e-mail groups is that someone new(er) to the group who may be struggling or have multiple relapses under their belt might post something about how difficult it’s been for them, but how it’s so seemingly easy for others…
And then the group does what it does best, and post after post from other members who’ve been through much the same things roll in, and the original poster realizes they’re really, truly not alone, and that despite everything they’ve been through, there really, truly is hope for them, too.
This month’s Keeper is one such response from long-time group member Richard:
[Replying after another member told their story] “…my story is such that I can’t tell it even in the space you used. So here is the very truncated version for you and anybody else who might benefit.
What can I say, dear blog friends? It’s been a great Spring and Summer for me but in the interim the blog’s been far too neglected, and it’s time to fire her back up.
So, we shall begin again with this simple, apt, and true to its word quote contributed by our own Dennis M. – who also contributed our last Keeper in June (thanks again, Dennis!):
To which I can only add, whatever it may be, whenever you know it’s unhealthy for you!
Hope you’ve all had a good one, and see you again soon! 🙂 Bobbi C.