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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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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) .

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.

Mental Health First Aide Training<
To register for the MH First Aide Fair training download the registration flyer. www.recoverypartnersmontgomery.com/Events/MHHealthFairFlyer.pdf


5 day WRAP facilitator session

The Denise Camp presents 5 day WRAP® Facilitator Training, in cooperation with Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc., on June 16 and 17, 2015. This 5 day training will be held at Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. in Baltimore MD. Click here to get flyer.
Click here for application.

University of Maryland Training Center

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and the University of Maryland Training Center will be hosting a half-day training entitled; Traumatic Brain Injury-Tools for Behavioral Health Professionals. In response to growing interest in the topic of individuals with a history of traumatic brain injury and the challenges it can have on both accessing services and the delivery of those behavioral health services; Anastasia Edmonston, TBI and Person Centered Planner and Stefani O’Dea, Chief, Long Term Care, Maryland Behavioral Health Administration will present on the topic. The training will be held, at the Maryland Department of Transportation Headquarters (MDOT), 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076; 8:00 am – 12:30 pm.

See link for flyer and registration information: www.recoverypartnersmontgomery.com/Training/ TBI_InvitationLetter42815_training.pdf

Educational Training Movies

Let's Talk about HIV/AIDS
Diabetes and Behavioral Health
Food Portion Sizes
Smoking and Behavioral Health

On Our Own Upcoming Events

Click here to see the many events and support groups Montgomy County On Our Own has to offer.

Pregnant Woman and Substance Abuse Training

Informational Session offered to health providers caring for this unique population, April 27ths. Click here for flyer and registration information.

AODAAC Annual Spring Forum

The Montgomery County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council, Mental Health Advisory Committee and Peer2Peer invite you to share the therapeutic musings of the Spoken Word. A panel representing Montgomery County Health and Human Services, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council and Mental Health Advisory Committee will be available during the forum to answer questions from the general public. Click here for flyer.

Community Events


NAMI Mongtomery County Bazaar - Thriftshop Grand Opening Please support the NAMI Thriftstore Grand Opening, May 3rd, noon - 4pm. Proceeds support the free programs offered by NAMI MC, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of all affected by mental illness. Location: 11720 PARKLAWN DRIVE, ROCKVILLE MD 20852. Click here for flyer.

Note from Miriam Yarmolinsky

PWRS "Drawing Conclusion"
PWRS offers three informal art sessions. "Drawing Conclusions" in April, Fridays 4/3, 4/10 & 4/27/15 from 2:00 - 4:30p at our gracious host's sunlight room, Adult Behavioral Health, Mid County Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive, #307, Wheaton, MD 20902. See flyer. Please RSVP each time if you can, put ART in subject line. FREE. Drop-in basis is fine!

PWRS offers a workshop by Circle of Rights with Health Educator Tammie Archie, on Friday April 17, from 1:00 to 2:00p at our friendly Adult Behavioral Health, 2424 Reedie Drive (#307), Mid County Services Center, Wheaton, MD 20902. Audience: Anyone interested in health and stroke prevention. Clinicians, individuals w/ health issues, community, etc.

Supported by Community Action Agency

Doors open at 12:30p. FREE. Do RSVP to me, 240.292.9727 or email yarmeaux@gmail.com with HEALTHY in subject line, w/ name & #. Click here for flyer.

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

The next meeting will be April 28, 2015

The Avery Road Alumni Association will give their first Coffee House Fundraiser on May 2, 2015 at Oakdale Emory Methodist Church. Suggested donation is $5, but all donations are appreciated. Come out and enjoy and be a part of the entertainment. Click here for flyer.

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

The Annual Conference on Trauma 2015 is the premiere event for bringing together persons with lived experience in a single forum, to collectively address issues of critical importance in creating a trauma-informed system of care. This event provides an opportunity to network while featuring the most current and vital information on emerging topics relevant to trauma, health, wellness, and alternatives to traditional care systems. Join us May 12 & 13, 2015 in Washington, DC, for a truly informative and innovative conference.

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