The Wilson Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library will be closed on Saturday, May 27, 2017 to mark Memorial Day. We therefore will be unable to hold our regular Saturday morning meeting that day. Enjoy the weekend!
TriCircle, Inc., a new treatment program, will be holding its first “Walk the Walk for Recovery” at Community Lake Park, 291 Avenue, Wallingford, CT 06 from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Rain date is Saturday, May 13.)
SMART Recovery will have a mile marker during the walk.
Walker registration costs $10. If you raise $25 in donations you’ll receive a free t-shirt. More information at https://www.tricircleinc.com/2017WalktheWalkforRecovery.en.html
The annual DEA National Take-Back Initiative will happen from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, April 29.
You can find more information and a link to search for a local collection site at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html. Many local police departments participate.
A recent paper (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161115111659.htm) found that collections such as this don’t do much to reduce the availability of diverted prescription drugs, probably because of low participation, so encourage your friends and family to clean out their medicine cabinets. Interestingly, these collections do act as an effective way of recycling over-the-counter medication.
If you want to run your own collection in Connecticut, you’ll need a one-day hazardous waste disposal permit (http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2718&q=437868
I mentioned at today’s meeting that I’d had trouble finding the recommended reading list on the SMART Recovery web site. It’s at http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/readlist.htm
Some of the authors have been guests at the (more or less) monthly webinars SMART Recovery holds.
One of our attendees took this course when it ran before and recommends it: “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” with Beth Robins Roth at the Fresh Yoga Erector Square studio in New Haven. The course runs from March 8 to April 26. Full details, including the dates, cost and the instructor’s qualifications are at http://freshyoga.com/workshops_mbsr
We decided to cancel our Saturday morning meeting at the Wilson Branch Library as it looks dangerous for the facilitators to try to drive to the library. We expect that most of the attendees will have more sense than to try to get to the meeting anyway, and there’s a chance that the New Haven Free Public Library system will decide to open late.
The library will be closed for the next two Saturdays, so the next Saturday morning meeting will be on January 7. The Hagaman Public Library in East Haven will also be closing for the holidays, so our Friday morning meetings on 12/23 and 12/30 are cancelled. Our other four weekly meetings in the New Haven area will be operating as usual.
Our Friday morning meeting at the Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven will change to a weekly meeting starting Friday, November 18. The time will change to 1:00 PM. The meeting will end at 2:15 PM.
We just realized that the Wilson Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library will be closed in observance of Veterans’ Day on Saturday, November 12, so we will not be able to hold our usual Saturday morning meeting.
The topic of rebuilding trust comes up frequently in meetings. I keep mentioning this talk by Henry Steinberger at the 2013 SMART Recovery Conference. It starts about 3:30 into this video, but the initial short talk on the “pause button” is worth watching too: