Rebuilding Your Life
In this class, we examine how we go about rebuilding our lives in a personalized setting. This includes how we rebuild relationships, re-discover what is important to us, how to follow our passions, and create the life we want to lead.
Fun in Recovery
It’s important to have fun in recovery. In this class, we explore ways of having fun. We examine how to build and re-build relationships, develop hobbies, follow our passions, getting to know ourselves, and how to plan and enjoy activities with friends, families, and loved ones. We explore ideas such as nature, music and the arts, physical fitness, as well as simply hanging out and being comfortable with ourselves.
Gambling and Gaming
Gambling and gaming are two very real threats to us in recovery. Many recovering addicts simply switch from one addiction to another. In this class, we develop skills to avoid developing dependencies on gambling and gaming. This includes a quiz to determine if we have problems with gambling.
Up to a quarter of all gamblers have a problem. The symptoms of a gambling addiction are eerily similar to those of drug and alcohol dependencies. The consequences of gambling addiction include the loss of jobs, careers, families, severe depression, and, in some cases, suicide.
Gaming, on the other hand, has grown in recent years as video games have become pervasive in our culture. As recovering addicts, we are prone to gaming and gaming addictions as gaming allows us to avoid the real world. This can be especially acute when we have social anxiety. Thus, we turn to gaming as a means of gaining meaning and purpose in an artificial reality. Then we lose our grip on the real world, on our real lives, leading to loss of personal relationships, our grip on grooming, which, in turn, leads to depression.
Mars and Venus
In this class we explore the differences between men and women; we look at how life is on Mars (men) and how it is on Venus (women). We examine the ways in which we can learn to understand and cope with the basic differences between men and women. From here, we can gain insight on our personal relationships, especially our intimate ones.
Six Word Memoirs
Our stories are powerful. We all have the power to share our stories, to connect with others, to learn from one another, to teach one another. Through sharing our stories, we create community, we create contact. We become closer together. The six-word memoirs are a chance for you to say something: To own your own story, to share your experiences and how they shaped you. Your story makes you you. You are not a number, you are not a statistic. You are not a face in a class. You are a person. You have a story. And only YOU can define your story.
In this class, we construct an exhibit of your memoirs in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
When we’re in addiction, it is often our family members who become our caretakers. But, they can also become enablers in our addictions. In this class, we learn to detach from addicted people in our lives and take responsibility for ourselves, and detaching from the idea that we must control others and try to fix them. A simple definition of co-dependency is when we know we are working harder on someone else’s life than they are, it’s time to take a step back.
Based on a quiz that assesses anger, we discuss the psychological and physiological aspects of anger and then look at ways we can defuse anger before it reaches a boiling point. We examine and practice healthy outlets for anger, such as deep breathing and meditation in class.
Many people think when they get into recovery that their personal relationships are beyond repair. Most often, however, our relationships are salvageable. But they often take time, as the people who love us and we’ve hurt are angry at us. We must clear up the wreckage of our pasts, by doing Step 9, making amends, cleaning up our side of the street, to be our best selves. We do this by showing and demonstrating, rather than telling. Sorry is just a word, we must ourselves make the change.
When we communicate, only 7% is verbal; ninety-three of communication is non-verbal. We look at the factors involved and why miscommunication is so common in our lives. In this class, we discuss the skills we can develop to improve our communication abilities. Thus, we learn the importance of using “I” statements, to be assertive, rather than aggressive or passive-aggressive, and we practice active listening and other tools to help us be better communicators.