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SelfCareSunday for Sober People: Sunday Matinee Edition

SelfCareSunday for Sober People: Sunday Matinee Edition

Happy Recovery Movie Matinee Day Sober People!

It’s winter and the weather makes it a lot less fun to be outside. The good news? That just means more time to curl up with a blanket and watch movies! Here are a few of our favorite recovery-themed, inspirational movies.

Post Cards from the Edge

Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine are brilliant, funny and a little heart-wrenching in this adaptation of Carrie Fisher’s memoir about addiction and recovery. A beautiful portrayal of mother-daughter relationships, life in early sobriety and the gritty reality of life in Hollywood. Equal parts funny, real AF and true delight: this is one of our all-time-favorites.

Basketball Diaries

Full disclosure: this adaption of the Jim Carroll book of the same name takes some liberties with its source material. In some ways, Carroll glamorized his years of drug use and low-bottom-living. The result is a movie that is both chilling and beautiful about a young athlete who descends into heroin addiction. The combination of Carroll’s prose (woven deftly into the screenplay) and a baby-faced DiCaprio is sheer genius and well worth a watch. Bonus points for a young Mark Walhberg fresh off his stint with the Funky Bunch.

Everything Must Go

Will Ferrell brings a darker, more dry humor to a movie about a man hitting bottom. Billed as a comedy this movie is more of a drama with some well-earned laughs woven in to keep the mood from getting too dark. Poignant, lovely and chock full of reminders of what it’s like to reach the jumping off point: this film will ultimately leave you with a heavy dose of gratitude and newfound respect for Ferrell’s drama chops.

Clean & Sober

Michael Keaton brings heart and humor to his portrayal of a successful businessman whose world crumbles due to cocaine addiction. In an attempt to escape some legal and professional consequences Keaton checks in to rehab. Come for the 80-era, vintage Keaton, stay for the honest and inspiring look at life clear and sober.

28 Days

Not to be confused with the equally good, but vastly different 28 Days LATER…this is old school Sandra Bullock doing what she does best. Bullock brings her charm and authenticity to the role of a hard-working, hard-partying professional who checks into rehab after ruining her sister’s wedding. Kudos to this movie for avoiding the grim stereotypes of rehab to portray it more like what it is: a complex experience filled with life changing people and ideas. This is OG Bullock at her clear-eyed, plucky best.

 

SelfCareSunday for Sober People

SelfCareSunday for Sober People

Welcome back Sober People. Whether this is your “Sunday” (back to work tomorrow) or just another day ending in “Y” we will be sharing our favorite inspo for making the most of your downtime.

This week we are looking at the importance of morning rituals. Work days can be a blur starting from the moment you wake up all the way until your head hits the pillow at night. Days off are a good time to practice small, but deeply restorative acts that you don’t always have time for. What we do within the first few minutes of awakening can impact the rest of our day. Try any or all of these little practices to see how they feel!

Stretch: Arms above your head, head up, back straight but keeping all the joints soft (no locking the arms or straining.) If you like how that feels, consider trying some gentle yoga poses to awaken the body, get the chi flowing and transition the mind from slumber to wakefulness.

Make a gratitude list: write em’ out or say them aloud. Say hello to the world and greet your day with a few words of thanks before your feet even hit the floor.

Linger in your tranquil space: Brew some coffee or tea and get back under those covers! Or take a moment to pick out the clothes you will wear.

Get Grounded: Make the bed and straighten the books on the nightstand. Set out your clothes for the day or just gather anything dirty and put it into the laundry basket. Setting your room in order has a magical way of making you feel more centered as you start your day. Plus Sundays are laundry days so might as well get those socks and such into the basket anyway!

 

 

Back by popular demand: Nonalcoholic drink recipes for fall

Back by popular demand: Nonalcoholic drink recipes for fall

Chilly weather, rain and darker days make us dream of steaming mugs of hot chocolate,  warm, golden tea and bright, bold cups of coffee. Time to get your festive fall nonalcoholic drink on y’all! Here are some of our favorite recipes for this time of year:

Hot Chocolate (traditional): Treat yo’self and go all in on this delectable treat — you won’t regret it. Say YES to the real milk, use either semi-sweet or dark chocolate and a splash of cinamon for best results.

Golden Milk Turmeric Tea: This blend of savory spice and anti-inflammatory root elements will soothe any cough or cold, jump start the body first thing in the morning and is sure to grow on you. Healthy, invigorating and wholesome we recommend brewing it in big batches and drinking liberally through cough and cold season.

Cashew Milk Nightcap: This technique qill work as well for almonds and hazelnuts as it does with cashews. Each of these nuts has its own pros: almonds pack protein, hazelnuts have vitamin B and E and cashews are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin E. Use this recipe to make your milk and then try warming it up on the stove top and whisking it into a froth for a soothing, pre-sleep nightcap.

Spiced Cider: Rich, warm and full-bodied this drink has the dual benefits of being delicious and making your kitchen smell AMAZING. Can be done on the stove or in a crock pot.

London Fog: Fragrant, soothing Earl Grey tea meets creamy, steamy milk with some sweet vanilla for fun.

Calling all sober job seekers!

Calling all sober job seekers!

Join us Saturday, September 16th @ Serenity Lane West 11th Intensive Outpatient Office, 4211 West 11th, Eugene for a Serenity Lane Alumni resume building and job seeker skills workshop. 9:00am-Noon

To Register call Layne Frambes 541-733-6698 or Email: lframbes@serenitylane.org 

The workshop will be led by Heather McBride whose business, Inclarity 360 helps job seekers with everything from resume writing to interview techniques.

  • Fee is $10.00 per person.
  • We have 20 spaces for this class available so sign up ahead of time to reserve your place!
  • SL will provide breakfast rolls& coffee
  • Family Members are welcome but need to pay the class fee

The class will cover the following:
1. Principles of resume writing
2. Reviewing a model template
3. Worksheets in group breakouts with Heather.
4. Dos and Don’ts.
5. Q&A regarding alumni concerns – job gaps, job hopping,
tapping into skills, etc.
6. 1:1 reviewing their current resume and feedback or group review

1st Annual Disc Golf Tournament Soars to Success

1st Annual Disc Golf Tournament Soars to Success

The first annual Serenity Lane Soaring for Sobriety disc golf tournament was a blast!

We had so much fun!  37 professional and amateur disc golfers turned out plus a small army of volunteers.  Pictures coming but meantime: some stores from the day and shout outs to those who made it happen.

One couple actually flew down from Seattle just to play in the tournament.  Another player, a person who went through Serenity Lane’s Intensive Outpatient program in Portland won 1st place in his division.  And when he received his trophy, he began weeping with tears of joy; stating he has been playing disc golf for over ten years and never won a game.  He has now been sober for 14 months and he won his first trophy.

The pros walked away with some really nice cash prizes. and one of the amateurs won four tickets to this year’s Bi-Mart Country Music Festival.  Another lucky raffle winner (a volunteer) took away a brand new kayak!  There were many other great prizes, thanks to our sponsors.

A very big thank you to our title sponsor, Willamette Family Treatment Services. We thank you for your support, your time and for helping make this event truly special. From the great remarks from executive director Susie Dey to the 10 volunteers who came out the day of the event to help ensure everything ran smoothly.

And to our additional sponsors: Sponsors, Inc., Chambers Construction, Bi-Mart and Play it Again Sports: thank you. Your support enabled us to bring together alumni, disc golf pros, friends and family on a beautiful, sunny day to celebrate recovery, eat tasty food and go home with some fabulous prizes!

Thank you!

(stay tuned for pictures!)

 

Mine!

Mine!

From the series: Tidbits About Addiction and Recovery by Serenity Lane’s director of outpatient services, Nate Mart MBA, NCAC II, CADC III

I was on vacation last week and had the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It was fun, exhausting, and needless to say, I’m glad to be home. Spending more time meant I was able to witness more behaviors than usual. My daughter, who is two, kept saying things were “mine.” Everytime my son, who is four, had something in his hand, she would say “mine.” I noticed it before going on vacation but noticed it even more on this trip.

I often share about addicts and alcoholics having an intense relationship with their drug of choice. A bond so strong it takes the place of actual relationships. I find it interesting the struggle addicts have in letting go of their substances. Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand it, but still, it’s an interesting phenomenon. Why would a person return to something which has been so destructive? Why would they, even after having the knowledge of recovery, return to use?

When they enter treatment and continue to have struggles, in a way they’re telling everyone their addiction is “mine,” and they alone can deal with it. Similar to what my daughter does, she insists if we just give it to her, everything will be fine. Those chemicals, no matter if we understand it or not, provide them comfort and peace. It may not be the peace you and I think of, but it’s their peace and who’s to tell them their feelings are wrong?

I talk about the powerful bond of addiction with high school students all the time. Spouses of addicts often describe this relationship similarly to having an affair. Addicts and alcoholics bond with substances for years, sometimes decades, and it’s this bond that makes it difficult to give up. Over the course of their lives, at some point, they discovered these substances worked for them. It provided them with things they couldn’t get in their natural environment. If an addict’s irrational thoughts are telling them this substance is “helping,” you can understand why it’s so difficult to give up. Again, even if we don’t get it, it’s very real for them.

My daughter doesn’t need most of the things she says are hers, just as the addict doesn’t need substances. However, at that moment, my daughter thoroughly believes it’s hers just as the user thoroughly believes drugs and alcohol are crucial for survival. And I don’t mean life or death survival, although that is the case in some instances, I mean just getting through the day, just being able to work, or function normally. The struggle comes in helping the addict realize they can survive without it, which is the same struggle I have with my daughter.

Who would’ve imagined the behavior of kids would line up so well with the behavior of addicts?