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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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CCAR Recovery Coach Academy October 20 - 23, 2014: People who are interested in the 30 hour Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) from the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) can complete the form in the right column of this page or e-mail Catherine.mcalpine@montgomerycountymd.gov. This is a 30 hour class offered over 4 days. And will be held at Rockville United Church (see flyer). RCA is open to “All Levels” – by this we mean, that everyone is welcome including volunteers, paid staff, administrators, family members, business owners, and people in recovery. Click here to download flyer. IF CLASS BECOMES FULL, E-MAIL Catherine.mcalpine@montgomerycountymd.gov TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST.

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) .

RCA+ Classes have not been scheduled for the month of October. Continue to check the calendar for updates.

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.

Community Events

Embedding Peer Services in Behavioral Health Organizations

Certified Peer Specialists (CPSs), Recovery Coaches (RCs), and Community Health Workers (CHWs) are all essential components for implementing ACA driven physical and behavioral integrated systems of care. As such, peer services are increasibly being embedded in healthcare delivery, helping to inform and transform those systems through an emphasis on whole health, wellness, social inclusion, cultural compentency, and the professionalizing of a peer-led and peer driven workforce.

Come join The Campbell Center in discussing professional peer support services through an informative presentation and panel discussion, featuring local professionals in the recovery field. Click here for flyer.

Meeting at Avery Road Treatment Center
14703 Avery Road, Rockville MD 20850

Friday, October 10, 2014 6-730pm
Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:30-11am

Please download flyer to distribute. Click here to download

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.

“Fetch Clay” at Roundhouse Theater in Bethesda. there Fetch Clay is an all male play based on the relationship between Ali and a Hollywood guy named Stephin Fetchit called “Fetch Clay” at Roundhouse Theater in Bethesda. They have group rates and $10 Tuesday tickets are available for 10/21 & 10/28. The show runs from Oct 10- Nov. 2. Weeknights the show is at 7:30. and the performance runs about 2.5 hours with a 15 minute intermission. It is near Bethesda Metro (1 block) and other public transit. Roundhouse is affiliated with Montgomery County Gov.
Check out Roadhouse's season schedule http://www.roundhousetheatre.org/explore-season/.

Rockville Classic Car Show. October 11 from 11-3:30 there is the Rockville Classic Car Show this weekend at Rockville Civic Center Park at the corner of Edmonston and Baltimore Rd. It is free and on the Rt 45 route less than ½ mile from Norbeck Rd.
Click here for more information.

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.


October 17th, 10:00 a.m. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW Washington DC.
The theater will host the event and partner with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells' office, along with local businesses, non-profits and government employment agencies. This event features a new partnership with the Office of Returning Citizens Affairs (ORCA), which provides support and services to previously incarcerated persons. Recruiting companies include Big Bus Tours, Bread for the City, Building Futures, DC Central Kitchen, Fort Myer Construction Corporation, Giant Food, Harris Teeter, Specialty Hospital & Nursing Center of Washington, US Postal Service and more.

Athena Consulting continues to recruit for Health Navigators to assist people in enrolling in the Maryland Health Exchange. Spanish speaking applicants are needed. Link to http://athenaconsultingllc.com/career-opportunities.html

American Hospitals Association has a Career Center please feel free to register. Employers in every sector of health care use AHACareerCenter.org to post jobs and search our database for resumes of talented professionals like yourself.

Ride-on accepts applications only Quarterly – January, April, July and October. Now is the time to submit your resume, driving record and other materials. There is a pre-test that is the next step after the resume and driving record.

Most school systems are also accepting applications for bus drivers.

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

Art and Recovery Public Forum (AODAAC, MHAC and P2P)

On May 8, 2014, AODAAC, MHAC and Peer2Peer sponsored a spring forum that was raging success.  Recovery and Art was the theme of the forum and it really succeeded in showing beautiful works of art.  The last hour was used as a public forum that brought out great communication from the public and the well informed panel.  Great job to everyone involved!