Recent News

Mid Valley Outpatient's trip to the Santa Fe...

The staff of Mid Valley Outpatient treated participants and their families to a well-deserved, wonderful day out consisting of sun, fun and relaxation at the Santa Fe Dam. Smiles and laughs were shared all around as the participants and their guests had a blast playing in the water, renting bikes, riding boats around the lake, and enjoying a delicious lunch. The summer ended with gracious hearts filled with joy and gratitude for sobriety and recovery.

 

 

SMRS at the Al-Impics

Participants, residents and staff attended and joined in on the annual Al-Impics in Wilmington, CA. The event was exciting because so many program communities in recovery were there to join in on the fellowship. Guest star speaker, Danny Trejo delivered encouraging words to those in attendance and handed it off to our own, amazing Jim O’Connell to MC the festivities. Social Model rocked the parade with a dance routine from River Community (that won 1st place), accompanied by Colin Womer and his bagpipes. The sound of Social Model Recovery Systems was heard loud and proud all the way off the field from the parade. Our delicious lunch was provided by our LA programs and was a great addition to our day. Thank you to everyone who made this day possible. We look forward to another round in 2018!!

 

“Let’s Make a Deal” Day with Mid Valley Outpatient

Our staff at Mid Valley Outpatient took the awesome participants on a fun-filled outing to the “Let’s Make a Deal" game show! What a memorable time we had dressing up in silly costumes while cheering, dancing and shouting with great enthusiasm! All of our Mid Valley Outpatient participants tried earnestly for a chance to be on the game show and win cash and prizes. But all cash and prizes aside, the opportunity to have an enormous amount of fun while being clean and sober was the greatest gift of all!

Participants learn about Heroin

Before becoming Participant of the Month, Marco educated his peers on the pitfalls of heroin. Marco took us through the world of a heroin user; the good, the bad and the ugly. He explained the history of this notorious drug and how people are lured into using it. The participants in the audience listened as Marco shared his own journey towards sobriety and the obstacles he overcame. Our participants learned so many great things that will help them all in their recoveries. Learning from each other is a valuable lesson that strengthens us, gives us hope, and teaches us that in our sobriety we are never alone.

 

River Covina/Wellness name their first...

River Covina/Wellness began “Participant of the Month” to celebrate the achievements of those in the programs. The staff chose Marco as this month's winner, who received a certificate and lunch with his primary counselor. Marco had a long journey in which he made positive steps in his sobriety. He is currently attending classes at one of the local colleges and has attained 169 days of sobriety! Marco is willing to step in to assist in any project he is asked to do. He also displays leadership among his peers by being a good listener when one is needed, a friend to many, and always having the time to make someone smile. Congratulations Marco!

 

Family Group at Mariposa

Every weekend at Mariposa, groups meet to help heal families from the negative impact of alcohol and drugs. This group celebrates the unity of families with staff at the end of the 12-week session. They joined together to have a pot luck that included fried chicken, pasta dishes, corn dogs, tostadas, chili, rice and homemade beans, with cookies and fruit for dessert. This week during the family session, they discussed communication traps and improving communication skills by using “I” statements. One parent expressed, “I feel proud when you put a stop to your drinking and you went into recovery because you were struggling and I see that you want to succeed in your sober life.” Another parent shared, “I feel sad when you use because I know you are a great mother.” Powerful statements were shared and tears were shed at the closing of group. It was a special session!

Stepping Stones Teams Up with Voices Against...

Stepping Stones, along with Gwen and Ursula from Voices Against Violence met at Creekside Park in Walnut, CA for a morning of yoga, fellowship and lunch. Gwen provided support for our residents, including those who were victims of domestic violence.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence, please don’t be afraid to call 626-689-0274 or email them @ info@vavspeakout.org