ALUMNI NEWSLETTER | AUGUST 2015

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Thank you for being a valued member of the Dream Center, (DCR) community. As a DCR Alumni member, we want to make sure we keep up-to-date and let you know about all the fun and exciting events going on at Dream Center for Recovery.

We invite you to join us for our monthly Alumni Meeting at Dream Center for Recovery Friday, August 7, 2015, at 5:30 PM, hosted by Strong Couples in Sobriety from, at the center. We are excited to announce our third Alumni event which you will find below in the Events section. If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can keep improving the Alumni Program please email Alumni Coordinator Sarah Hall at shall@dcrmail.us.

We look forward to seeing you!

Upcoming Events

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Step of the Month: Step 8

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“Step 8 is the beginning of making amends, of healing the past with others. From the inventory of Step 4, I have a good starting place for making a list of people that I have harmed. I look over my personal inventory and possibly reflect on my life again. I make a list of the people that I have harmed. I can write down thoughts beside each name about what the appropriate amends might be. I then go through the list and make sure I am willing in my heart to make the amends.” – from 12step.org

The 8th Step Prayer:
Higher Power,
I ask Your help in making my list of all those I have harmed.
I will take responsibility for my mistakes &
Be forgiving to others as You are forgiving to me.
Grant me the willingness to begin my restitution.
This I pray.


Some of our clients have shared their experience with the 8th with us:

“As I started my journey on the 12 steps I knew that I would have to do a lot of self-searching. After rigorous work on myself I was at the step. In this step, I had to make a list of all persons I had harmed and become willing to make amends to them all. Not just a few that I would choose, them all! I knew that I had done a lot of damage in my active addiction so this step was a little intimidating.

I started making my list from people I knew I had harmed from my inventory from my fourth step. After that, I sat down and thought of any others I thought deserved an amends from me. I started writing not only people’s names but I included creditors that I owed money to, jobs that I got an advance on my paycheck and then quit and also I felt that I owed an amends to society as a whole. This list looked long and required a lot of work, but I reminded myself that I was ready to do anything to stay sober. It was then that I was willing to follow through and make amends to EVERYONE on my list! – Anonymous

A client shares her experience with meditation with us:

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Meditation was always a rather taboo concept to me. I had this preconceived notion that I was expected to sit crossed legged in a room saying, “Ohm,” surrounded by mini Buddha statues for hours. (If you do, more power to ya!) I was also completely ignorant to the many benefits of meditation. Fortunately, I was invited to take a four-week mindfulness meditation course which not only changed me personally but inspired me professionally as well. The concepts of mindfulness meditation are now deeply engraved into my therapeutic approach. First, mindfulness meditation teaches one to be present in the moment which can be very difficult at times. However, it is important to remember that this moment is the only one we have because nothing is promised, so it makes perfect sense to make it the very best. Radical acceptance, or my mantra, “It is what it is,” is another important concept of mindfulness meditation. (Not like I needed a reason to say that more!) I recognize that my control is super minimal; I can only control my reactions. Accepting life on life’s terms frees me from the responsibility of so many things that are out of my control. Detachment is an additional concept I learned through practicing mindfulness meditation. Our brain produces about six thoughts per second, and just because it pops into our brain, does not mean we have to engage the thought. Detachment is best described as stepping back and viewing your thoughts as you would if watching a movie play on a screen. By practicing these concepts, I have been empowered to choose which thought I should act upon because not all of them are very rational. I have also significantly decreased my anger and anxiety levels. I believe it is paramount to practice what you preach, and taking the time to just be is one of the very best gifts you can give yourself! – Nikki R. 


August 31 marks International Overdose Awareness Day. There are approximately 44 overdose deaths a day in the United States according to the CDC. Many people do not know how highly addicting these powerful narcotics are and unfortunately, become addicted and die or move on to more powerful drugs such as heroin. Please join us as we break the stigma by remembering those we have lost to this disease.

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