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Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Bea Blackmon, Bachelors of Social Work Practicum Student at Our Lady of the Lake University

How much time do you have in recovery?
6 years/ Aug 30, 2011 is my sobriety date

What have you gained from recovery?
I have gained a design for living, hope, faith and lasting personal relationships. I have a sense of purpose in the world today where I can be useful. I have gained a sense of self and I’m no longer ashamed of my past.

What helped you get and stay sober?
A 12 step program of action and the realization that I can not do this alone.

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
Stay in the present moment and do what is right in front of you. Also BEA!! stop and enjoy the life God is given you!

What’s your favorite song?
This is hard because I’m extremely eclectic when it comes to music, so I’m going to give a shout out to my father Ronald Williams may he rest in peace. The entire album: Here My Dear by Marvin Gaye.

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
The hardest thing for me to do was to ask for HELP, but the best thing I ever did was ask for HELP. We can recover, but we can not recover alone.

What’s one random fact about yourself?
My wife and I were married on St. Patrick’s Day March 2017 …. That Is A Fact!

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Topher Beard, LCDC-Practicum Student

How much time do you have in recovery?
7 years

What have you gained from recovery?
A much better life

What helped you get and stay sober?
Attending AA meetings, solid sponsorship, faith

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
Love yourself and know that you are worthy

What’s your favorite song?
Ordinary Love – U2

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
Stick with the winners

What’s one random fact about yourself?
I have a .5 golf handicap

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Natalie Hope Mosqueda, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator
 

How much time do you have in recovery?
I have over 5 years! My sobriety date is June 1, 2012.

What have you gained from recovery?
I have gained the ability to love myself no matter what kind of day I am having.

What helped you get and stay sober?
Sober friends, my therapist, and sponsor, and the love of the group

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
Stop waiting and just do it

What’s your favorite song?
It’s always changing, but recently I have been playing Loved by You by POWERS on repeat

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
It’s okay to not be okay

What’s one random fact about yourself?
I am an inch and half away from being considered someone with dwarfism

What is Somatic ReStorying?

Co-created by Michelli Ramon, Psychotherapist and Lea Ann Tinney, Reigstered Massage Therapist and CranioSacral Therapist

SOMATIC ReSTORYING  is a therapeutic process that incorporates wisdom and techniques from a variety of person-centered and body-centered therapies including Narrative Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reikki and Felt Sense Focusing. It is designed to help people who have suffered from trauma and chronic emotional or physical pain.

Trauma disrupts the body’s natural rhythms and severs ties between important body systems. In response to trauma our bodies create patterns or STORIES that enable us to cope. These patterns are an important aspect of our survival. The challenge is that they sometimes weave themselves into our core dialog and often persist long after the painful experience has passed.

Somatic ReStorying (SR) assists us in discovering the NATURAL RYTHMS of our bodies.  Using guided meditation and grounding exercises, we learn to connect more deeply to our own INNER WISDOM. As we move through the SR process, this inner wisdom helps guide the uncovering of old stories and sensations in the body. With the assistance of a trained body worker and psychotherapist, we connect those body sensations with emotions and stories that reside in the psyche. The body worker’s role is to help shift energy and release tissue memory, while the therapist’s role is to help explore the meaning of the stories and the validity of the related emotions.

Guided by our natural healing abilities, we are EMPOWERED to re-story the trauma according to our present strengths and circumstances, moving out of the past and into the present. SR also addresses issues of polarity within our bodies by helping to balance existing energies and assimilate new information. This gives the body a feeling of equanimity, CALM and well-being. The benefit of using two practitioners is that one is listening to the body while the other is listening to words. Tending to two dynamics at once helps to bring the body and the psyche back into alignment.

Another aspect of SR healing is the participation in an SR group. In the group setting clients are asked to hold the space and become LISTENERS for one another. Through this process of listening, clients receive support for their own inner wisdom. As they learn to sense the somatic rhythms of other clients, they begin to understand their own boundaries, beginnings and endings more deeply. The feedback listeners receive from one another provides valuable information regarding their own perceptions, feelings, distortions and STRENGTHS.

These are some of the benefits of Somatic ReStorying:

  • Learning to relate to your body in a new way
  • Understanding how and where your body holds memories
  • Understanding the power and presence of tissue memory
  • Finding and releasing tension in the body connected to trauma
  • Re-establishing lost connections with the body
  • Being held in a community of fellow survivors
  • Increasing self-awareness and affirmation of healing
  • Moving into the present and no longer feeling stuck in the past

Recovery Year Round
(Weekends and Holidays too!)

By Natalie Hope Mosqueda

Holidays are high relapse times for everyone. You’re bored, you see your old friends having fun online, it’s your tradition to get messed up every holiday, the list of excuses can grow infinitely. with the holiday season just around the corner, here are some tips on how I stay sober during the holiday season.

  1. I double up on my meetings. Holidays are stressful for me so I need to work extra hard on my recovery program to keep myself in check.
  2. Go to sober holiday events. Almost every recovery program has so many activities and events during the holidays. My thanksgiving always includes stopping in Rise Recovery and other recovery program’s meals.
  3. Spend time with my family, but know it’s okay to leave early. I love my family, they are wonderful and amazing people, who can also drive me a little nuts. Today, I can cherish the time I spend with them, but also leave when I am ready.
  4. Realize holidays aren’t as big as I make them out to be. It’s just another day to be grateful I woke up sober.
  5. Take it easy on myself. I know holidays are hard for me, and I plan for it. I do more myself during the holidays and take each day at a time.

Town hall about opioid crisis

The Town Hall on the opioid crisis covered everything from treatment options and treatment gaps to what the face of addiction really looks like.

Confronting the opioid problem in San Antonio

Peer counselor at Rise Recovery Josh Green (from left); Colleen Bridger, director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District; Dr. Timothy Grigsby, assistant professor of community health at UTSA; Bryan Alsip, chief medical officer of University Health System; and moderator Francine Romero participate in “The Opioid Crisis” town hall meeting Thursday at the UTSA downtown campus.

Needed: a community approach to opioid epidemic

The topic of opioid abuse and addiction has been a very visible part of the national conversation in recent months. If you haven’t been touched in some way by this insidious epidemic, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. If so, count yourself as fortunate — fortunate that someone you know as a parent, spouse, child, friend or co-worker hasn’t yet been caught in the destructive spiral of opioid addiction.

Success Story: Anonymous

“The holidays have always been hard for me. I didn’t always have family at home to celebrate the holidays with, but I always had my friends and all the Rise Recovery staff to step in and make my holidays great! Today, because of them, my family can celebrate the holidays together again.”