Women in Recovery Resources

 

Past Women in Recovery Speakers

 

September 22, 2021, 7-8:30 PM CST

BUILDING RESILIENCE DURING TIMES OF STRESS & ANXIETY with Carolyn Suerth Hudson, RDN, LD

At times, we all face stress and anxiety—health concerns, financial issues, and employment or relationship changes. Living during a pandemic compounds them, so it’s no surprise that 60% of adults are experiencing stress and anxiety, according to a 2020 Gallup Report. The good news is that you can build resilience with good nutrition and lifestyle habits. Did you know that food directly affects the structure and function of your brain and your resilience to stress and anxiety? Learn how simple lifestyle habits like getting sufficient sleep, drinking water, and eating real food can help you reduce anxiety from the inside out while living a life of sobriety.

Carolyn understands the impact nutrition has on health and wellbeing, both professionally and personally. Working in a remote town in northern Canada, she saw the impact poor nutrition had on the health of people there. She then became committed to learning more and decided to pursue a degree in nutrition.

While in school, Carolyn became very ill. Doctors thought she had ulcerative colitis and later believed she had irritable bowel syndrome. To restore her health, Carolyn turned to nutrition and began eating real foods such as animal protein, healthy fats, vegetables, homemade yogurt and flax. Within a short period of time, her symptoms cleared and her energy returned.

Carolyn, a nutritionist with Nutritional Weight & Wellness, has over 30 years of experience in the nutrition field in the United States and Canada. A lifelong learner, Carolyn recently completed her certification as a Well Coach to enable her to understand the struggles clients face and to help them make changes. Carolyn is a registered and licensed dietitian through the Minnesota Board of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received her BASc in Nutrition from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and completed her internship at Toronto General Hospital. Carolyn is a past president of the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and past director on the board of the Dietitians of Canada.

 

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August 25, 2021 7-8:30 PM CST

UNDERSTANDING RELATIONSHIP EXTREMES: LOVE ADDICTION & LOVE AVOIDANCE with Susan Lessley

Love addicts assign too much time, attention, and value to another person while neglecting themselves. Love avoidants use walls instead of being relational in order to prevent feeling overwhelmed in relationships. Participants will learn how we are set up for both, as well as a greater awareness of how these cycles can show up in adult relationships.

SUSAN LESSLEY (MA) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, working with individuals, couples, groups, and families. She has been in private practice since 2008. Her focus areas include Post Induction Therapy (PIT, trained by Pia Mellody), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), trauma resiliency model (TRM), and Family of Origin Trauma workshops. Susan also has experience treating sexual addiction and sexual offenders. Susan practices from a systemic perspective, believing that our past and present relationships influence how we live our lives. Susan proposes that we all live by a script that governs our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Understanding and deconstructing our scripts is important to our ability to live in a healthy, fulfilling way.

 

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July 28, 2021 7-8:30 PM CST

FORGIVENESS: A LIFE SKILL, A GOOD HEALTH HABIT, AND THE KEY TO INNER FREEDOM Mary Hayes Grieco

Thousands of studies in psychology and medicine now prove what ancient wisdom has always taught: that holding onto resentments is hurtful to us and that forgiving ourselves and others will bring us peace of mind and better health. For those of us in recovery, forgiveness is an essential action to take, because our resentments toward others and our disappointment in ourselves represent a real threat to our sobriety. But if forgiveness is so good for us, why does everyone resist doing it? And how do you do it?

It’s actually not hard to forgive. You just need to get over a few misconceptions and learn what it really is—a powerful healing for yourself. You need to learn how it is accomplished, step-by-step, just like you learned how to drive. And then... do it! The experience of real forgiveness is so freeing and refreshing you’ll wonder why you waited so long to feel better.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn a new definition and an 8-STEP model of what forgiveness is and how it is done.
  • Understand the connection between 12-step recovery and healing resentments through forgiveness.
  • Connect with the Higher Power and gather the focus and ability to forgive a story that is holding you back.

MARY HAYES GRIECO is the Director and Lead Trainer of The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training, and the author of Unconditional Forgiveness—A Simple and Proven Method to Forgive Everyone and Everything and The New Kitchen Mystic—A Companion for Spiritual Explorers, both published by Simon & Schuster. She has been teaching her potent 8-Step method of forgiveness to the general public as well as to counseling professionals for 30 years, and her work has taken her around the world. Mary worked at Hazelden Betty Ford’s Dan Anderson Renewal Center for 16 years, and she has a private practice at The Well Healing Arts Center in Minneapolis.

 

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June 23, 2021 7-8:30 PM CST

Poetic Expression for Growth and Healing with Geri Chavis

Participants will experience the ways in which poetic expression can enhance our wellbeing by inspiring us to cultivate gratefulness and affirm our resilience in coping with life’s challenging situations. During our time together, we will share reactions to selected poems and have opportunities to generate our own creative expressions.

Geri Chavis, M.A, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, certified poetry therapist, poetry therapy mentor/supervisor and professor emerita of Humanities at St. Catherine University. Geri is a past president and longtime board member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy and has authored two books that are required readings for those acquiring certification in the poetry/bibliotherapy field: Poetry and Story Therapy: The Healing Power of Creative Expression and The Healing Fountain: Poetry Therapy for Life’s Journey.

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May 26, 2021, 7-8:30 PM CST

(ALMOST) EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPONSORSHIP

How do you find a sponsor? Work with a sponsor? Make the most of a relationship with a sponsor? We asked several women in recovery to share their collective 100-plus years of experience with sponsorship.

Monique L., AA; Barbara M., AA; Nancy O., Al-Anon; and Trish W., NA, will answer questions about sponsoring, being a sponsee, and how the relationship works for them. Join us for this special Fourth Wednesday Panel discussion.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 7-8:30 PM

MINDFULNESS, WELLBEING, AND RECOVERY with Mariann Johnson

Wellbeing and mindfulness instructor at the University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

A growing body of research points to the numerous benefits of mindfulness practice. Studies indicate that mindfulness can enhance emotional and physical wellbeing, resilience, and relationships, as well as help with healing from addictive behaviors. This experiential session will introduce you to mindfulness and highlight the work of researcher Judson Brewer, M.D., PhD, and his groundbreaking book, The Craving Mind.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

BODY AWARENESS: PAYING ATTENTION TO BODILY SENSATIONS FOR HEALING AND RESILIENCE with Catherine Mollner

The body is designed to heal itself. During these challenging times fraught with ruptured connections, our body can be a valuable portal to reconnection, aliveness and resilience.

Through experiential practices, we will explore paths to befriend sensations, reconnect with our internal states, and access the organic wisdom of our body. When we genuinely listen to our body in stillness and movement, we can strengthen our sense of self, gain open-hearted awareness and well-being.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

EMOTIONAL SOBRIETY with Polly Pistole

Polly will help us examine emotional sobriety and the possibility of healing emotional problems through the 12 steps and a personal relationship with God. Using her own experience, she will focus on the following:

  • Steps 6 & 7 - How to identify our character defects which separate us from God
  • Finding a solution - How to establish conscious contact with a God of our understanding using the steps, AA and Al-Anon literature.
  • How to live comfortable in our own skin

Polly will be referring to sections of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon’s Path’s to Recovery and Language of the Heart.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
LETTERS FROM GOD: INTUITING & EXPERIENCING OUR HIGHER POWER with Paula Hutchinson & Abby Sue Fisher

Women in Recovery will start the new year with what has become a tradition— intuiting and experiencing our personal Letters from God. Paula Hutchinson and Abby Sue Fisher are back to lead us through this powerful spiritual practice.

This January, as we continue online, we are using the platform Futureme.org to write or upload and submit our letters for future email delivery. While we are not able to physically share our sacred space this year, participants are encouraged to create their own sacred space that evening. (Futureme.org is free of charge and an orientation will be provided during the program.)

Join us as our journey into the Great Reality continues—healing our past and blessing our future!

 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

BRINGING STRUCTURE TO YOUR LIFE THROUGH STEPS 3 AND 11 with John MacDougall

There are two problems in alcoholism: the powerlessness over alcohol, and the unmanageability of our lives. When we stop drinking, the powerlessness over alcohol is immediately reduced; the unmanageability of our lives is not automatically changed. It appears that unmanageability is outside of us. People, places, and things are unmanageable. Our lives are unmanageable because we don’t have a basic set of instructions for how to get through the day: what to do, moment by moment in the face of chaos. Steps three and eleven, which have to do with seeking God’s will, moment by moment, offer a solution. We can stop trying to force our will, and implement the A.A. concept of letting go and letting God guide us.

 

Resources:

  • Program Flyer
  • Book: Being Sober and Becoming Happy by John A. MacDougall
  • Book: Clinician’s Guide to Spirituality by Bowen F. White and John A. MacDougall

 


 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

SPONSORSHIP PANEL with Lisa D, Tricia W, Michelle G, Maru R, Corrie S

Women In Recovery recognizes the important role effective sponsorship plays in one’s 12-step recovery journey, as well as the many forms of addiction beyond alcohol or substance abuse that can negatively impact women’s lives and recovery success. We are offering an opportunity for our virtual audience to learn more about 12-step programing and effective sponsorship, regardless of addiction.

Please join us to hear from a panel of women from AA, NA, Al-Anon, OA, and CODA who have been sponsored and in turn sponsor women in their recovery using 12- step principles. They will describe how they were sponsored and how sponsorship has afforded them recovery. They will share their experience, strength, and hope in recovery and answer your questions about sponsorship.

 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

ANGELS, SAINTS & SINNERS: PIONEERING WOMEN IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AA with Kathleen Cook-Hunter

Let’s take a look back to the early days of the 1930’s and 40’s, a time when many women were seen and not heard: good homemakers, smart women who helped build our country, and some who just drank too much. The stigma of a drunken woman made it extremely difficult to admit to a drinking problem.

So who were these pioneering women in the beginning days of AA? And just how did AA become a fellowship of men and women? They are the women on whose shoulders we stand today. Join us as we hear their stories. We honor them and the contributions that helped build the fellowship of recovery.

 

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  • ANGELS, SAINTS & SINNERS: PIONEERING WOMEN IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AA with Kathleen Cook-Hunter (download video)
  • Lois Remembers by Lois W
  • Ann Smith’s Journal by Dick B
  • Grateful to Have Been There by Nell Wing
  • A Biography of Mrs. Marty Mann: The First Lady of Alcoholics by Sally Brown & David Brown
  • Marty Mann’s Primer on Alcoholism by Marty Mann
  • Sister Ignatia (Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous) by Mary Darrah
  • Hope!: The Story of Geraldine D, Alina Lodge & Recovery: By Dick B
  • The Factory Owner and the Convict by Dick B
  • Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous by Ernie Kurtz
  • Straight from the Heart by Ann Richards
  • Betty Ford, A Glad Awakening by Betty Ford
  • Women Pioneers in 12 Step Recovery by Charlotte Hunter, Billye Jones & Joan Zieger
  • Key Players in AA History by Bob K
  • Silkworth.net

 


 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Chemistry of Addiction with Carol Ackley

How does brain chemistry interact with addiction? How does addiction affect brain chemistry? What are the short-term and long-term neurological effects of alcohol and other drugs as they relate to thinking, behavior, and decision making?

The disease of addiction is multifaceted and stems from many possible underlying causes and issues. Taking a look at one facet – the brain chemistry of addiction – can be an eye-opening and informative way to become more self-aware on our path of recovery. Join us for an in-depth and informed lecture to learn more about this physiological aspect of addiction.

 

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