february free movie: beautiful boy

Set the time aside for a movie clutching the heartbreaking, inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

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for radio friendly users: rock and recovery

Just to set the stage, here’s a fantastic 1985 blasto from the past: Little Steven Van Zandt and an incredible crowd of folks in a memorable song/vid to protest the former Apartheid Policy of South Africa. Keep your eyes out for Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, Joey Ramone (RIP), Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed (RIP), Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela (RIP), Bono, Herbie Hancock, Jackson Browne… the list goes on and on. Check it out:

Go on. You know you want to watch the whole thing.

Here’s something really worth paying attention to: WAPS-FM is an Akron, OH radio station that specifically reaches out to people experiencing addiction, trauma and mental health issues. Centered in the the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous and the modern recovery movement – Rock and Recovery™ mixes music with stories and resources that will inspire and offer strength and hope to support each individual recovery journey

Rock and Recovery™ weaves “information capsules” – personal stories, anecdotes and real-time, modern intervention strategies – from professional health-care providers, recovering addicts and their families, artists, awesome musicians like Little Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen), Richie Furay (Poco, Buffalo Springfield), Graham Nash (Hollies, CSNY), Jorma Kaukonan (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), and James Young (Styx).

Listen for the ultra-personal My Recovery Rocks sound bytes and Rock and Recovery™ Minutes on air and online, and download the app here for full live interviews, through Recovery Talks! In addition to the dedicated streaming audio website and mobile app, the site also offers a fast-growing and active social media community on Facebook and Twitter. Of course, that means I’d have to actually be on Facebook — you know, have an account — and of course, I’d rather stick rusted forks in both my eyes than go back on fb. However, Twitter’s an okay thing, I think, and this site’s stuff goes to my own page there just as it’s posted here.

So… there we be. Rock and Recovery™ is a good place to settle in for a bit. Check it out and see how it works for you.

daily reflection: an act of providence

It is truly awful to admit that, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us.

— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 21

My act of Providence, (a manifestation of divine care and direction), came as I experienced the total bankruptcy of active alcoholism—everything meaningful in my life was gone. I telephoned Alcoholics Anonymous and, from that instant, my life has never been the same. When I reflect on that very special moment, I know that God was working in my life long before I was able to acknowledge and accept spiritual concepts. The glass was put down through this one act of Providence and my journey into sobriety began. My life continues to unfold with divine care and direction. Step One, in which I admitted I was powerless over alcohol, that my life had become unmanageable, takes on more meaning for me—one day at a time—in the life-saving, life-giving Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.

daily reflection: repairing the damage

Good judgment, a careful sense of timing, courage and prudence – these are the qualities we shall need when we take Step Nine.

— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 83

To make amends can be viewed two ways: first, that of repairing damage, for if I have damaged my neighbor’s fence, I “make a mend,” and that is a direct amend; the second way is by modifying my behavior, for if my actions have harmed someone, I make a daily effort to cause no further harm. I “mend my ways,” and that is an indirect amend. Which is the best approach? The only right approach, provided that I am causing no further harm in so doing, is to do both. If harm is done, then I simply “mend my ways.” To take action in this manner assures me of making honest amends.

daily reflection: i choose anonymity

We are sure that humility, expressed by anonymity, is the greatest safeguard that Alcoholics Anonymous can ever have.

— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 187

Since there are no rules in A.A. I place myself where I want to be, and so I choose anonymity. I want my God to use me, humbly, as one of His tools in this program. Sacrifice is the art of giving of myself freely, allowing humility to replace my ego. With sobriety, I suppress that urge to cry out to the world, “I am a member of A.A.” and I experience inner joy and peace. I let people see the changes in me and hope they will ask what happened to me. I place the principles of spirituality ahead of judging, fault-finding, and criticism. I want love and caring in my group, so I can grow.

daily reflection: a clean sweep

. . . and third, having thus cleaned away the debris of the past, we consider how, with our newfound knowledge of ourselves, we may develop the best possible relations with every human being we know.

— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77

As I faced the Eighth Step, everything that was required for successful completion of the previous seven Steps came together: courage, honesty, sincerity, willingness and thoroughness, I could not muster the strength required for this task at the beginning, which is why this Step reads “Became willing. . . . ”

I needed to develop the courage to begin, the honesty to see where I was wrong, a sincere desire to set things right, thoroughness in making a list, and willingness to take the risks required for true humility. With the help of my Higher Power in developing these virtues, I completed this Step and continued to move forward in my quest for spiritual growth.

club east membership meeting

Are you a dues-paying member of Club East? If the answer is a resounding Yes!, then it’s important you put this event on your already-crammed social schedule. Seriously.

CLUB EAST MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Sunday, Feb. 4th  12:30P — 1:30P

The Board of Directors is making a call for Club East board nominations. Four positions are available.

Requirements for serving:

— 3 consecutive years sobriety

— Member in good standing of Club East

 

Rummage Sale Reminder

Good Morning! What a perfect day for the reflection on the A.A. site to be “letting go of our old selves”. What better way to do that than donating to a terrific cause and letting go(donating) items you may no longer need to a great cause such as Club East and play a role in helping people put their lives back together one step at a time!?!? The rummage sale is in full swing today! Come by the Club if you are looking to shop items(we’ve got clothes, desks, couches, fireplaces, books, etc.). If you are looking for a place to have some good, clean fun and lend a helping hand then swing by as well, there will be no shortage on help needed as we look to rebuild lives on the eastside of Indy!

 

Look forward to seeing you and God Bless!

 

 

Rummage Sale 06/3-06/5 At Club East

Hello and God Bless! Serenity!

This is a reminder that we are excited to kick-off the annual Rummage Sale at Club East today through Sunday.

A lot of work has gone into this and SO MANY wonderful people have donated such amazing items to help the Club.

I have seen everything from fireplaces to mattresses to clothes and couches and everything in between showing up. It is truly amazing to see the out-pour of support coming in for the Club.

Please be sure to tell your friends and family to come by.

Anyone looking for opportunities to volunteer to help during the rummage sale please call the Club and ask for Jim Gross.

 

club east movie night

81sZ-s9RhaL._SL1500_The important question about addiction is: Is it really a “disease?” Pleasure Unwoven presents the arguments for and against this compelling question. The one-hour documentary, filmed in high-definition and recipient of NAATP’s 2010 Michael Q. Ford Journalism Award, uses the spectacular landscape of Utah’s State and National Parks to describe the brain areas involved in addiction and turns complex neuroscientific concepts into easy-to-understand visual images. Reviewing all the latest research about addiction along the way, Pleasure Unwoven will help people in recovery understand their own struggle and in turn feel better understood, and encourage their families and friends in believing that recovery is possible.

 Pleasure Unwoven: A Personal Journey about Addiction

Thursday, April 23rd             Club East Cafe

7:00PM              Free Admission

Pleasure Unwoven is the best critical representation of the addiction process I’ve seen to date. For anyone seriously hoping to end destructive addictive behavior involving alcohol or drugs, this is a gotta see, as it is for anyone with someone in their life who struggles with any addiction. This beautifully filmed — but more importantly — excellently written documentary will help viewers understand the complicated neurological and medical components of addiction.             — greg w