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Awakin.org Awakin gatherings started when three friends got together in 1996 to sit in silence, every Wednesday, in an ordinary living room in Silicon Valley. No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle -- when you change within, the world changes. And instead of closing the door, they left it open ... to all.

Today, Awakin Circles have organically rippled to sixty cities around the globe. People meditate for the first hour, engage in a circle of reflective sharing in the second hour, and conclude the night by receiving a delicious home-cooked meal. A palpable sense of gratitude and community weaves through it all. The ripples of inner transformation are countless -- and continue on.

Awakin.org is about deeping self awareness, in a community of kindred spirits. The web page creates a vehicle for people in all forms of recovery express their deepest feelings in prose, short stories or inspirational readings. Their motto is by changing ourselves, we change the world.

Click here to read a poem about the independence from addiction For The Addict. Feel free to search the site for different topic. They also have telephone support groups you might find helpful. .

Recovery News!

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March Recovery Coach Academy has been scheduled for Monday, March 11th - Thursday, March 14th, 2015.

Where: Rockville United Church
355 Linthicum Street
(between Veirs Mill Road and Twinbrook Parkway)
Time: 8 - 5:30pm
How to Register: Contact Catherine McAlpine by email

The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) credential is issued by the Maryland Addiction Professionals Counseling Board. Although the name indicates substance abuse, the CPRS is for any peer with lived experience in mental health, substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders. All the requirements are at (www.mapcb@wordpress) .

If you are interested our know anyone in recovery who might be interested in the 30 hour “CCAR Recovery Coach Academy” please e-mail name, address, phone and address to me. The will be 3 times that we offer RCA – the 1st will probably be in October, then January and April or May.

All questions about the credential for Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) should be referred to Maryland Board of Addiction Counseling Professionals (www.mapcb@wordpress) .

March RCA+ Class. The next RCA+ class has been scheduled for March 12th from 5-8pm and March 13th from 9am - noon. Topic: Ethics and Values of Peer Support.

About RCA+: Some people who completed the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy are interested in the credential for a Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPRS) offered by the Maryland Board of Addiction Counseling Professionals (www.mapcb@wordpress). Recovery Partners Montgomery offers a series of 3 hour courses to expand learning from the CCAR/RCA and help people build learning hours toward the CPRS credential.


2 day WRAP session

The On Our Own of Maryland, Inc. WRAP® Out-reach Project, in cooperation with Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc., is proud to offer “Introduction to Mental Health Recovery including WRAP®” on March 16 and 17, 2015. This 2 day training will be held at Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. in Baltimore MD. Click here to get flyer.

Community Events


NAMI Maryland Board of Directors and Committees - Nominations for 2015 The NAMI Maryland Board Development Committee is pleased to announce the call for nominees to serve on the NAMI Maryland Board of Directors as well as Committees of the Board for terms starting in July 2015.

We continue to focus on improving the geographic, cultural, and other diversity of our board to ensure representation from across the spectrum of NAMI members. We must also strategically expand our access to a variety of audiences and networks, including faith, business, criminal justice, foundations and various professional audiences. We are especially looking for applicants with experience and skills in the following areas:
  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Marketing/Outreach/Social Media
  • Healthcare Financing (private and public)
  • Legislative and/or regulatory agency expertise
  • Organizational development
  • Fundraising

  • Serving on the Board of Directors and committees enables you to lend your skills, expertise, networks and leadership to ensure NAMI Maryland continues to expand its impact and effectively pursue its mission to improve the lives of individuals with mental illness, their families and the community.

    Please see the NAMI Maryland Board Member Responsibilities and Expectations for information regarding the roles of board members.

    If you are interested in serving or nominating a fellow NAMI member, please see the nomination form and survey. Both are required to apply or to nominate someone for a committee and/or for the Board. Questions about the process can be directed to the staff or the nominating committee.

    Nominations/applications are due to the Nominating Committee by April 15, 2015 at the latest. Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and according to our capacity, so we recommend that submissions be done as early as possible to assure adequate time. The Nominating Committee follows a variety of processes. Nominations for board members are vetted by the committee and then a proposed slate is presented to the board of directors for the election at the annual meeting. The Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 14, 2015. Nominations for committee members are vetted by the committee and the President appoints committee members based on interviews and consultation with NAMI Maryland staff and committee chairs. Board members serve three-year terms and committee members serve during the one-year term of the President and can be reappointed.

    If you have any questions, please call NAMI Maryland at 410-884-8691 or email info@namimd.org. Thank you!


    *** SAMHSA to Host Webinar on Motivational Interviewing for Peer Support Providers The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will host a free 90-minute webinar on Feb. 12, 2015, at 1 p.m. ET. SAMHSA writes: “Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. It is a way of working with people to assist them in accessing their intrinsic motivation to change behaviors that contradict their essential values and interfere with the achievement of their life goals. Motivational Interviewing is both a philosophy and a set of strategic techniques.” For more information and to register, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/motivational-interviewing-for-peer-support-providers-tickets-15362788514.

    ACMHA to Host Webinar on Its New Toolkit about Increasing the Role of Peer Support in Behavioral Health ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership will host a one-hour webinar on Feb. 4, 2015, at 2 p.m. ET to introduce its new “Peer Services Toolkit: A Guide to Advancing and Implementing Peer-run Behavioral Health Services.” According to ACMHA, the toolkit “looks at the nature of peer support, its origins, essential elements, core values, training and certification, outcomes, providing services within peer-run and traditional agencies, state-level advocacy for peer support services, working with managed care companies, and much more.” The toolkit, made possible by a grant from Optum, comes out of the work of the College’s Peer Leaders Interest Group (PLIG). For the ACMHA press release, click here. To download the free toolkit, click here. To register for the webinar, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6153706360402326274

    Note from Miriam Yarmolinsky

    Politics and Prose
    5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, D.C. 20008

    Johann Hari - Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

    Start: Thursday Jan 29 2015 - 7 p.m. (might last an hour or 90 mns parking is tough)

    In his first book, Hari, twice named Amnesty International UK’s Newspaper Journalist of the Year, offers a comprehensive look at the war on drugs, from the 1915 Harrison Act to recent drug law reforms in Europe that may offer a glimpse of the future. Visiting labs, talking to law enforcers, dealers, and users, Hari challenges many assumptions about addiction and the social costs of drug...

    See this article that prompted my interest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html

    Peer Led Writing Group Workshop for those with Depression. Debra Wood, is starting up a very cool writing group for individuals living with depression. Every other Saturday from 11:00 a to 12:30p at the Francis Gregory Library, conference room #1 (the library in the woods) at 3660 Alabama Ave. SE, Washington DC 20020

    Starting on Saturday, January 10th at 11:00AM-12:30pm
    and every other Saturday thereafter (for approximately 8 sessions).

    Contact debraruthwood@hotmail.com for information (see flyer too) online or by calling the box office at 301-634-2270.

    Avery Road Alumni Association

    Meeting at Avery Road Treatment Center
    14703 Avery Road, Rockville MD 20850
    We meet every other Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30pm

    The next meeting will be March 14, 2015

    Please like us on Facebook! Avery Road Alumni Facebook Page

    The Campbell Center

    The Campbell Center is excited to announce the launch of the Peer Specialists Professional Development and Support Group! All persons with lived experience who are pursuing (or aspire to pursue) a career in the professional peer support workforce are welcome to attend. Meetings are to be held on the first Tuesday evening of every month, beginning March 3rd, at The DC Center (in the U Street neighborhood), where we'll have a chance to network, share opportunities, and discuss successes and challenges in our work. Full details about time, location, and purpose, as well as the RSVP form, can be found at this link: http://www.thecampbellcenter.org/support-group.php

    The hot-off-the-press DCRN Winter Newsletter 2015 is now available on our website. We're proud to include the DC Office of Disability Rights, Whitman Walker Health, and Andromeda Transcultural Health as our Featured Community Resources for this quarter! Find that, and more, at the following link: http://www.thecampbellcenter.org/news.php

    PWRS offers POETRY on Monday Jan 5, 2015, with our esteemed JoAnne Growney, poetry instructor. Our assignment for those who want to take a stab at it is to memorize a 10 line (or more poem) by the time we meet. Attached is a flyer w/ the details as well as sample 10 line poems. For anyone, poet or not, interested in reading and talking about poetry.

    Held at Mid County Regional Services Bldg, 2424 Reedie Drive, Room 217 (2nd floor corner kitchen room), Wheaton MD 20902. Click here for flyer.

    AODAAC 2014 - 2015 Meeting Schedule. AODAAC will resume meeting for the 2014-2015 year beginning next Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 7 to 9 pm. Committee meetings will precede the general meeting and begin at 6 pm.

    The meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome to attend and observe the meeting discussion. During the later phase of the meeting, there is also the opportunity for guests to share information and/or comment. Click here for a downloadable full schedule.

    NEW Veteran's Corner. We now have a page focused solely on our veteran's needs and news. To get to the page use the link on the right column, navigation menu on the top of the page or click here.

    Warmline. Are you a Montgomery County resident looking for area resources? Call or email the warmline to find out about Montgomery County resources and events. Peers can use this line to find out how to connect to trainings needed for certification. Call 855.844.5300 or email warmline@recoverypartnersmontgomery.com.

    Are you looking for Fun and Fitness? Did you know that the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center (Martins Lane) and Planet Fitness offer low cost options for keeping active and improving your health during the Summer months.

    Qualifying individuals and families pay a small fee (under $25) for a discount membership and then pay an entry fee as low as $1 for full use of the Swim Center which includes 2 indoor and 2 outdoor pools, shower facilities, a hot tub and saunas. http://www.rockvillemd.gov/index.aspx?NID=400

    Planet Fitness is open 24/7 and offers low cost memberships from $10 to $20 with a small enrollment fee. For more info go to: https://planetfitness108-px.rtrk.com/SelectMembership.aspx?FranchiseID=129

    Consider ice skating on a hot, humid day. Wheaton and Cabin John Ice Skating rinks offer “cheap skate” sessions each week that include up to 2 hours of skating time and rental skates for $ 6.50. Seniors over 60 pay $5.50 on weekdays. http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/ice/index.shtm

    Yoga classes are offered weekly at several sites that serve adults who are homeless or are in recovery from mental health and/or substance abuse. On Our Own of Montgomery County, Montgomery Avenue Women’s Shelter and Outpatient Addiction and Mental Health Services are among the program that are brining this resource to build physical, emotional and spirtitual health. Yoga is not just for granola eaters.

The Therapeutic Value of Music - Sponsored by AODAAC

Women of Positive Change Road Cleanup - October 2014

Wells Robertson's Annual Cookout 2014

Women of Positive Change - Unveiled Expressions

Peer2Peer 1st Annual Recovery Walk - Building Bridges to Recovery

Avery House Family Day - September 6, 2014

Women of Positive Change - Adopt A Road - August 2014

Peer2Peer Building Bridges Event

We would like to thank everyone that came out to support Peer2Peer and Wells Robertson on June 22, 2014.  The Building Bridges event was a tremendous success!  Thanks to Mayor Katz, Catherine McAlpine, Cynthia Mogel, Carmen Ice, Jimmy Frazier-Bey, Val Gibson, Gaithersburg Rentals, Bohrer Park management, Swag Couture - Cuties and Beauties, Drew MC, Eric and Claude... I'm sure I'll have to come back and add more names, please let me know if I missed someone.  Please check out the pictures taken at the event, below Drew MC and Swag Couture's Beauties really giving a show!
Drew MC
Swag Couture's Beauties