Recovery is a Journey
"Self pity, in its early stages, is as snug as a
feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become
uncomfortable." Maya Angelou
Some days we grasp for self-pity like a blanket
on a cold night. And, we are momentarily comforted. The problem is,
extended periods of self pity will undermine our purpose…to be at peace
with ourselves so we can know freedom from addiction. Being on the
"pity-pot", as it is sometimes referred to, prevents us from carrying
the message of hope to others.
The choice of staying clean and sober is a gift
we make available to ourselves, and can pass on to others. How? Well,
one way is by cultivating a genuine gratefulness in our lives. Although
the journey of recovery is a difficult one, there is still a lot to be
thankful about. Those that are the most acutely aware of what there is
to be thankful for are generally those who are actively working a
recovery program. Those who are passively involved in attempting to
abstain are many times those to complain and moan, and groan about how
awful things are. Those folks tend to become bored, lazy, and unhappy.
Being active in our recovery enhances our ability
and motivation for taking notice of those things for which we are
thankful. Please take a few moments are write down all that you are
thankful for today. Now… Don't you feel better already?
West Nile Update
DSHS has confirmed 11 human cases of
neuroinvasive West Nile in Texas residents this year. Counties with
confirmed cases are Collin, Hunt, Denton, El Paso, Palo Pinto, and
Williamson. There have been no confirmed West Nile deaths in Texas this
year. Past history:
- 2006 - Detected in 98 counties. 233 human cases from 46
counties and 33 deaths.
- 2005 - Detected in 78 counties. 128 human cases from 38
counties and 11 deaths.
- 2004 - Detected in 101 counties. 119 human cases from 40
counties and 8 deaths.
- 2003 - Detected in 190 counties. 439 human cases from 86
counties and 38 deaths.
- 2002 - Detected in 213 counties. 202 human cases and 13
Since the virus was first found in Texas in 2002,
West Nile has been detected in humans, birds, horses, or mosquitoes in
234 of the state's 254 counties.
"In order to make someone else happy or convince
myself that someday my life would, as if by magic, get better, I have
put my life on hold. I know now that it didn't work. The magic day
never came while I was waiting and hoping for happiness. I am worthy of
being happy, of having people love me, and of making my own choices
about what happens to me. It's my life. Today I take it back."
by Judith R. Smith
|Clinic hours on Saturday are
||OA - Overeaters Anonymous
Congratulations to Veronica
Recently, the TMTA, Texas Methadone Treatment
Association named our own Veronica ("Ronnie") Reyes as counselor of the
year. We are proud of Ronnie and impressed that the TMTA leadership was
insightful enough to recognize quality.
Outcome Measures for April 2007
On a periodic basis, we audit our records to see
how things are going. Generally we measure 19 different aspects of our
program. Here's part of what we found out in April:
- 93% of our clients are either working or are full-time
- 96% of the time our clients are free of opiates.
- 94% of the time our clients are free of all illicit drugs.
- 93% of time no one is in jail.
- 93% of the time, our clients report both mental and
- 94% of our clients report an increased ability to lead a
What To Do About West Nile
- Use a good insect repellent. Use it every time you are
outdoors. Or, wear long sleeves and long pants. Yea, right…in this
Texas heat. Look for a repellent that contains DEET, picaridin or oil
of lemon eucalyptus. 60% of those who have gotten infected did not use
- Store insect repellent at the front and back doors. Keep an
extra one on patios and decks.
- Mosquito proof your house.
- Drain standing water from around your home. Empty buckets,
tires, empty cans, rain gutters, and saucers under potted plants.
- Change the water in pet bowls, bird baths, and wading pools
several times a week.
- Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors from dusk to
The risk of exposure to West Nile is relatively
small. Not all types of mosquitoes can transmit the virus. Of the
species that can, only one in a hundred will carry the virus. 80% of
people infected with West Nile have no symptoms and recover on their
Symptoms of the milder forms of West Nile include
fever, severe headache, muscle and bone aches, nausea, and drowsiness.
Symptoms of more serious forms of West Nile include stiff neck, visual
problems, altered sense of taste, body tremors, mental confusion,
memory loss, and seizures. Symptoms usually appear from 3-14 days after
a person is bitten.
People most at risk are those older than 50 and
those with compromised immune systems. There is no specific treatment
for West Nile infections. A blood test can confirm West Nile infection.
from the Department of State Health Services
|Mothers Against Meth-Amph.