The Anonymous People – Theatrical Trailer from Greg Williams on Vimeo.

Please read more about this feature length documentary film at:




*Disclaimer – No footage in this film has been taken inside meetings held by 12-step fellowships. In addition, no living person is identified or identifies themselves as a member of a particular 12-step program. The project team has deep respect and admiration for the long-standing, beautiful tradition of anonymity at the level of film. The project intends to use the lessons learned from The New Recovery Advocacy Movement to uphold this sacred trust, while presenting different perspectives of what this tradition means for people in recovery. It is an undeniable fact that recovery is bigger than any one particular pathway, and the issues we must overcome together are bigger than any single component of recovery.


Greetings Colleagues,

CSAT plans to host a meeting in the Spring of 2013,  joining together a diverse group of young people (18-25 years old) in long-term recovery from substance abuse. I am requesting your assistance in finding a group of ambitious young people in recovery to join this cohort. The purpose of this meeting is for young people from around the country to join together and collaborate on ideas for outreach campaigns and best-practices for educating America’s youth on substance abuse and recovery in different populations.

We are doing an open-call for applicants interested in attending this meeting in the DC Metro Area. Applicants will be asked to actively participate in sharing their experiences in recovery and ideas for National outreach and education efforts. Please pass this message on to your grantees and contacts. The application process is simply to submit a personal statement (example attached) to  by January 15, 2013.

Statements will be reviewed and participants will be selected by a team of SAMHSA staff. The statement should be no more than 1 page, one paragraph of biography and a second a paragraph describing their interest in this meeting. I have attached an example of what a personal statement could look like… we encourage creativity in designing a personal statement, this is only an example.

Thank You,


Danielle Tarino

Division of State and Community Assistance

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Phone: (240) 276 2857

SAMHSA Announces a Working Definition of “Recovery”

SAMHSA recently announced a new working definition of recovery from mental disorders and substance use disorders. The definition is the product of a year-long effort by SAMHSA and a wide range of partners in the behavioral health care community and other fields to develop a working definition of recovery that captures the essential, common experiences of those recovering from mental disorders and substance use disorders. Major guiding principles support the recovery definition. SAMHSA led this effort as part of its Recovery Support Strategic Initiative.

The new working definition of Recovery From Mental Disorders and Substance Use Disorders is as follows:

A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

Through the Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, SAMHSA also has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:

  • Health: Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in a physically and emotionally healthy way.
  • Home: A stable and safe place to live.
  • Purpose: Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
  • Community: Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

Read the Full Press Release  |  Learn More About SAMHSA’s Recovery Support Initiative

Tuesday, January 18 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm

West Hollywood Park Auditorium

647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA

Save Our Recovery Center!
The City of West Hollywood has plans to close the Recovery Center on Robertson in Weho and there are no options currently available for relocating the facility.

Thousands of local 12 step residents who use the services provided by the Recovery Center will be without this facility. Our goal is to keep the center open and hold the City Council committed to the 12 step community and our facility. Whether you are a West Hollywood Resident or not, but you use or know people that use the WeHo Recovery Center, please show up and express your need and concern to keep the Center open.

Please Join John D’Amico and show your support at the West Hollywood City Council Meeting as he addresses the council to save the recovery center.

Where: West Hollywood Park Auditorium When: Tuesday, January 18th
Time: 6:30pm prompt

Your Participation is greatly appreciated.

There’s always so much stress for me at this time of year – and everyone’s pushing drinks.

This is a statement from a gay male therapy client who is also in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. He continued, “I don’t feel particularly strong right now, and it would be easy to just say ‘screw it’ and grab a drink off the tray.”

This article is on another website. You can read the entire article at the Bilerico Project.

Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc. in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Disability is pleased to announce

The HIV Series

a series of workshops on HIV and its impact on the world of drug and alcohol recovery.


Facilitated by Shawn Griffin, the workshops offer insight into the current status of HIV treatment and research and invites lively discussion on topics relevant to HIV and recovery.

California Endowment (downtown L.A. near Union Station):

Tuesday. November 9th

8:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
HIV and Cultural Competency

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
HIV Linkages

(Van Nuys, CA):

Friday, November 12
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
HIV and Substance Abuse

(Mid-Wilshire area)

Tuesday, November 16
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
HIV and the LGBT Communities

Space is limited – so call soon to reserve your space.

(626) 332.3145

CEUs available for $30.00 per certificate


The Southern California Recovery Summit

Presented by
The Sober Living Network
The Los Angeles County Sober Living Coalition

Hosted by
Loyola Marymount University

Conference overview

The 2010 Recovery Summit is Saturday November 6 at Loyola Marymount University. This year’s program features Terence Gorski, Dr. Westley Clark, Dr. Thomas Freese, Dr. William Glasser and other outstanding speakers.

The Summit is one of Southern California’s most prominent addiction conferences. This exceptional program is devoted to recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction, presented from many viewpoints, and focused on the experiences of people working in the field. “Recovery” as a topical area is deceptively broad. Presenters and panelists include psychologists, sober living providers, physicians, homeless services providers, interventionists, social workers and criminal justice.

The idea for this conference originated in discussions about the intersection of different professional disciplines and personal experiences as they bear on the delivery of recovery related services. The result was the Recovery Summit—a forum where people from different fields meet to discuss common issues, share experiences and seek solutions.

If addiction and recovery matter to you, either personally or professionally, the Summit is a good place to be. You’ll recognize several of the panelists and speakers.

Continuing education hours are available for Summit participants. See this page for more information.

Register now! Early registrations receive $20 off the regular price! Online registration is quick and easy. Click here to register.


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