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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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January RCA+ will be held twice on Thursday, January 8th. Time 9 to noon and 5 to 8. The Topic: Problem Solving & Managing Conflict: Don't make it personal. Check the calendar in the right column for details on location.

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.

Community Events

For those wanting to start their holiday viewing a little early this year, make the trip to Glen Echo Park, turn left at the carousel and check out Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol. With an award-winning playwright and his son, a director who is a master at his craft, and a cast of talented performers and designers, here is a gift you’ll be totally glad you received.

Running Time: 50 minutes with no intermission

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 9am to 10:30pm

Please download flyer to distribute. Click here to download. New dates for 2015 will be released soon.

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.


Residential Coach Part-Time Overnight and On-Call
Avery House for Woman and Children, Rockville Md.

Must be able to demonstrate the ability to manage residential/household functions. Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must demonstrate understanding of special treatment needs of women substance abusers in a residential treatment setting and show evidence of empathy, sensitivity, and maturity. Must demonstrate highest professional ethical standards and adhere to Avery house Core Values and Code of Ethics. Must possess verifiable knowledge and understanding of the Chronic Disease Model of Addition. Minimum one year experience providing direct services in an addiction’s treatment setting.

High School Diploma or G.E.D. required. Valid Maryland Driver’s License and clean driving record.
Fax resume to (301)762-4836, attn.: Celeste Boykins

The Office of Workforce Development
Workforce Development

District of Columbia
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Peer Support Specialist (3 Positions) #982, 987, 988 -
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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

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!