August 2008 Some Reminders Some Helpful Numbers
Road to Recovery
Dosing hours Monday through AA - Alcoholics Anonymous
Friday are 5:30am to 10:30 am 214-887-6699
Counseling is available NA - Narcotics Anonymous
5:30 am to 12:30 pm 972-699-9306

Recovery is a Journey

Seems like what makes the news also makes the history books. What we hear about is mostly bad news. History is full of awful events - wars, famines, conspiracies, oppression, betrayal, etc. We even celebrate holidays that are inspired by tragedy. We individually observe the anniversaries of many tragic events in our lives. Surely, on this journey of life there are daily moments of wonderful events.

For those of us on the journey of recovery, we celebrate our sobriety or clean dates. We say to live one day at a time. Let's also celebrate one day at a time. Let's notice when another person has been kind to us, when a cashier genuinely smiles and says "Have a great day," or when a peer helps us with our work. Let's notice the sound of birds singing or the beauty of a sunset or sunrise. Let's notice and appreciate our own progress when we control our temper and our tongue in situations we used to not handle very appropriately.

At the same time that I am suggesting we notice and celebrate those happy occurrences in our daily lives, I am also suggesting we forget about the awful past and move on down the road. Too many of us dwell on and live in the past.

--Rick B.  

Millions Are Driving Under The Influence

Nationwide, an estimated 30.5 million people age 12 or older drove while under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year. 15% of the current drivers age 18 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year. In some states the levels are higher, up to 25%. In addition, 20% of adult drivers age 18 and older drove under the influence of either an illicit drug or a prescribed medication at least once in the past year.

Rates were highest in the following states:

Wisconsin 26.4%
North Dakota 24.9%
Minnesota 23.5%
Nebraska 22.9%
South Dakota 21.6%

Utah currently has the lowest rate of those 18 and older driving under the influence of alcohol at 9.5%.

Past year rates of driving under the influence of illicit drugs among drivers age 18 and older were highest in the following states:

District of Columbia 7%
Rhode Island 6.8%
Massachusetts 6.4%
Montana 6.3%
Wyoming 6.2%

New Jersey had the lowest rates for driving under the influence of illicit drugs - 3.2%.

According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 17,000 deaths in 2004 were caused by those driving under the influence.

Adapted from Samhsa News  
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Life Lessons - 3

  1. If we all threw our problems on a pile and then saw everyone else's, we would grab ours back.
  2. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  3. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful, or joyful.
  4. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  5. The best is yet to come.
  6. No matter how you feel. Get up, dress up, and show up.
  7. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  8. If you don't ask, you don't get.
  9. Yield.
  10. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

12 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening

  1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
  2. Frequent attacks of smiling.
  3. Feelings of being connected with others and with nature.
  4. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  5. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experiences.
  6. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  7. A loss of the tendency to worry.
  8. A loss in interest in conflict.
  9. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
  10. A loss of interest in judging others.
  11. A loss of interest in shaming one's self.
  12. Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything in return.
Adapted from Recovery Today

How Are You Influenced?

Like it or not, we are influenced by people, places, and things. The question is not if we will be influenced, it is who, what, when, and where we will be influenced.

--Rick B.  

10 Minute Energy Cure

To do every day with a lot more get up and go, make one of your daily tasks a short, brisk, walk. The American Heart Association reports research the women who walked briskly for 70 minutes a week, or 10 minutes a day reported 18% more energy than their sedentary peers after six months. They also reported being more clearheaded and confident, had fewer aches, and were able to lift things and climb stairs more easily. Walking about 20 minutes 3 or 4 times a week provides the same boost in energy, according to the study.

--Prevention Magazine  

"With history piling up so fast, almost every day is the anniversary of something awful."

--Joe Brainard
Mothers Against Meth-Amph.

Recovery Related Stuff
Hepatitis Information
The Association of Persons
Affected by Addiction
The Twelfth Step Ministry
Lots of support groups of
various interests.
Visit their web site.
The Network of Community
Assistance with food, clothing
Texas Workforce Commission
Baylor College of Dentistry

Come to Group

We are Meeting Every
Saturday from
8:30 AM to 9:15 AM

The procedure is called auricular acupuncture. It is helpful for a variety of issues that affect those with addictions.
Please see your counselor.

STD Screening The Dallas County Health Department is offering screening for sexually transmitted diseases. The fee is $25. If you can't afford to pay the full amount, a payment plan can be arranged. Please call before 7:45 AM to schedule an appointment.

HIV Testing Offered

Almost every Friday, a member of the HEI department from the Greater Dallas Counsel on Alcohol and Drug Abuse are here to offer free HIV testing. The test is called "OraQuick Advance." The test is based on saliva and you get your results in 20 minutes. The test is 99% accurate. All you do is come in and asked to be tested.

Foot Detox

Detox Spa

Cleanses your body of toxins.
30 minute treatment
Thirty dollars

Dr. Candace McDaniel
8021 East R.L. Thornton Fwy, Suite A
Dallas, Texas 75228

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