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Mark Your Calendars for March Events at Austin Recovery


Happening at Austin Recovery and around Austin this month:

Gateway to Recovery – March 5 and 12, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Gateway to Recovery series provides information on how to detect addiction and what friends and families can do to help those needing treatment. This information series is free and often the first step in helping people find treatment and begin the healing process. Gateway to Recovery is facilitated by Mary Boone and is held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first and second Wednesday of each month at Austin Recovery (8402 Cross Park Dr., Austin, TX, 78754). Click here for more information.

Second Saturday Workshop – March 8, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Abi Williams Photo (Cropped)“Journey to Awareness: Embracing Your Shadow” presented by Abi Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, CSAT, CMAT, CGP, Senior Clinical Advisor at Austin Recovery.
What if there was a part of our personality that others could see but we simply cannot? How often have we wondered why we act or react in a particular way? Early in our lives, most of us learned to hide parts of ourselves we were told were “bad”. This is what Carl Jung identified as “shadow”, the parts of us that we hide, repress or even deny. These parts, however, in spite of our best efforts to avoid, continue to show up unexpectedly. There are ways to identify these shadows and learn more about how they work and don’t in our lives. By uncovering the messages or self talk, we can learn from them and transform them into positive life-changing allies. This presentation will support participants in an examination of early contributions that led to the need to disown parts of one’s personality, the self-talk used to perpetuate the withholding, and simple tools to discover the full spectrum of one’s self. Two hours of continuing education credits are offered to chemical dependency professionals with LCDC, ADC, LMFT, LCSW and LMSW certifications as approved by DSHS and TCBAP. Second Saturday is held at Austin Recovery (8402 Cross Park Dr., Austin, TX, 78754). Click here for more information.

Amplify Austin – March 20-21
Amplify Austin is a 24-hour giving day from 6pm Thursday, March 20, to 6pm Friday, March 21, 2014.  Amplify Austin’s first year results in 2013 were spectacular, the goal was $1 million, but you showed us just how generous Austin really can be! Together we raised $2.8 million! We’re carrying that enthusiasm and excitement forward into 2014, our goal this year is $4 million. Get ready to crank up the giving! Austin Recovery is again partnering with this “festival of giving.”  So on Amplify day, click here to give to Austin Recovery and help our city reach our collective goal!

UT School of Social Work Presentation at Austin Recovery – March 21, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
“Neurobiology of Attachment and Personality Disorders: Clinical Work Addressing Arousal Regulation Issues” presented by Arlene Montgomery Ph.D., LCSW
This seminar addresses the relationship among the Autonomic Nervous System (known as the ANS, an important emotional and physiological arousal system throughout the brain and body); the arousal differences among the secure and insecure attachment styles, including the associated defense mechanisms and Personality Disorders); the impact by the ANS and attachment styles on the person’s preference for certain classes of substances; and the implications for the therapeutic experiences. 3 CEUs available.  Click here to RSVPPresentation is held at Austin Recovery (8402 Cross Park Dr., Austin, TX, 78754). Click here for more information.

Austin Recovery Speaker Series Luncheon with Matthew Perry – April 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
AR - 2014 Spring Luncheon - Square Home Page ButtonThe Austin Recovery Speaker Series is an annual fundraising luncheon speaker series that began in the fall of 2011 with guest speaker Rob Lowe, taking place at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater. Each gathering features a nationally acclaimed artist, entertainer, or speaker who shares his or her story of recovery. The goal of the series is to break the silence and stigma placed on addiction, while raising essential funds in support of Austin Recovery’s commitment to provide high-quality services to all in need. This year’s event takes place on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 and features actor and “Friends” star Matthew Perry as the keynote speaker. Event Chairs are Val Armstrong and Mary G. Yancy.  For more information, visit

Austin Recovery Alumni Events
Join the Austin Recovery Alumni for fun events and fellowship throughout the week. Events include Sunday Night Alumni Speaker Meetings, Big Book study groups, Musical Journey, skating, hikes around Lady Bird Lake, drum circles, bowling nights, game nights, evenings at the coffee shop and more. For more information, contact Austin Recovery Alumni Services Coordinator Cary Acevedo at 512-697-8513 or click on the Alumni events link on

Volunteer Opportunities at Austin Recovery
Austin Recovery is always looking for volunteers to provide additional support to our clients in residential addiction treatment in the following areas: financial planning, parenting skills, healthy relationships, job readiness/ interviewing skills, stress management, anger management, self-esteem and abuse issues. We also need volunteers for clerical work, yoga, arts and crafts, dance, spa days (pedicures, manicures, hairstyling), recreation and weightlifting. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Austin Recovery Director of Volunteer Services Sinclair Fleetwood at 512-697-8537 or


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