SpiritWorks Foundation

Center for Recovery of the Soul

Are We “Downplaying the Faith Issue to Get More People”?

Greetings,

I just finished reading an article in the Washington Post, entitled, AA original manuscript reveals profound debate over religion, which has caused me to think a great deal about the origins of AA.  Frankly I have always known that the origins of the program were in the Bible so that hasn’t come as a surprise.  I have even seen some of the chapters from the original manuscript, the original third step section was modified tremendously.

I must say that based on the final statement in the article and title of this post, it does beg the question about whether the power of the program is in AA or in the scripture and faith in “Jesus Christ” or “God”.

No matter what the debate, I plan to get the book, “The Book That Started It All”, and read it for myself.  It is being sold by Hazelden Publishing starting next week for $65.  I’ll let you know what I think of it when I am done reading it.

If you are at all like me, the article will stir some thoughts and feelings.  I would love to hear what you think.

Until next time,

peace, Jan

Bringing Attention to Reentry

Greetings,

I just got off the phone from a conversation with Lori from Voices of Hope Productions.  I am excited about the work being done and hopeful to collaborate with them on projects here in Virginia.  The selection of works that has me most excited is the Reentry Series, a series of three films designed to bring attention to the issues related to the process of reentry of those who have been incarcerated in jails and prisons.  Although the films, Check out A Failed System, Nowhere to Go and Healing Justice: Transformed Lives focus on New Jersey, I believe the issues are very similar to those we have here in Virginia.
The films demonstrate the need for recovery support services and a need for advocacy and support to change the laws for those who have done their time.  SpiritWorks hopes to obtain the film series and host a screening at some point in the near future.  In the meantime I encourage you to visit the site or go to YouTube to view the videos.

I’d love to hear what you think about the films as well as the issue of reentry.

Until next time,

peace, Jan

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day

Greetings,

Did you know?   Alcohol is the leading known preventable cause of mental and physical birth defects in the United States.

I write this to bring you awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day.  Held the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the purpose is for the world to remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.  On this day people all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

I have witnessed the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome on several children and youth who now have lasting and permanent effects.  It is devastating to the families, the communities and ultimately the whole of society.

For more information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome visit www.fasday.com or http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/brain/fas.html#.

Peace, Jan

Emerging Leadership in Recovery Support Services

Greetings,

With this month being National Recovery Month it seems that a lot of focus and buzz are emerging on this new field of peer based recovery support services. Setting training standards, credentialing, certification and other such issues are being talked about here in Virginia as well as at the level of the federal government.  It seems that one of the pressing issues is how to make recovery support services a billable Medicaid service.  As a professional life coach with a wellness background I am kind of amused by this desire, only because I see recovery as a wellness issue and not as some form of sickness.  We focus on strengths and are hoping to develop a strengths based model and yet because we have not way to get paid for our services it seems we are hoping that Medicaid will fund them.  While I do not have an answer, I am open to have my understanding increased and my mind changed, I  certainly desire to be at the table for the discussion and am very interested in seeing where this all will go.

So wish us luck as we grow an emerging field of Peer Based Recovery Support Specialists!  It promises to be an exciting time for the field of recovery.  I’ll keep you posted throughout my journey and would love to hear from you.

We have an opportunity unlike any before which is to develop our own criteria, standards, and needs.  Let’s get to it!

Until next time.

peace, Jan

Happy Recovery Month

TGIF,

It’s been a busy week around here getting settled in again after camp and the 5K.  We are looking ahead to a wonderful celebration of Recovery Month this month.  We will host a few recovery oriented films and other activities to bring us together to celebrate the joy of living in recovery.  So, stay tuned.

Peace, Jan

National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month