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An Evening with Mary Woods: “Engaging Families in Early Treatment”

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It is vital for individuals and families who experience severe and persistent mental illness and substance use disorders to engage in treatment that helps them develop the skills needed to manage these chronic illnesses, to regain their roles as family members and to grow and recover in their own lives. Join Mary Woods for an evening discussing these issues and her book, When The Door Opened. Please click here for more information and to register for this FREE event.

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Behavioral Health: Integrated Care of Co-Occurring Disorders CEU Workshop

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The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston and WestBridge Community Services are hosting a two-class CEU Workshop on behavioral health and co-occurring disorders. Each workshop offers 2 CEU credits and you can sign up for one or both CEU workshops earning up to 4 CEUs during this one-day event. Please click here for more information and to register online.

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Support The Council this Giving Tuesday!

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). And now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Click here for more information and find out how you can support #GivingTuesday!

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Fall 2014 Luncheon with Jeffrey Tambor

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The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston is excited to announce that veteran of film, TV and Broadway, Jeffrey Tambor, will be the keynote speaker at our Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series’ 2014 Fall Luncheon on Friday, November 7, 2014. Click here for more information.

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A Message from the CEO: On Gratitude

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie

November and Thanksgiving are always such great reminders to be grateful for what we do have, rather than resentful of the things we don’t.  What a beautiful thing.

Today I would like to share my gratitude for you: our Alumni and their families, our partners, our supporters, and our staff.  Together we do make a difference in our community, one life at a time.  We could not each do it alone, and for your part in this circle of recovery and healing, I am grateful. For those of you who will attend our Annual Fall Luncheon to show your support and friendship, I am grateful.  To those who chose to surrender your powerlessness and begin your healing journey with us, I am grateful.

In the world of recovery, we know how important it is to have an “attitude of gratitude.” Let’s try and practice this year-round, not just this month.  I guarantee, you will feel more fulfilled as a result.

Best,
Mel Taylor
President & CEO, The Council

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A Message from the CEO: Mental Health and Substance Abuse…It’s Not “Either/Or”

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse… It’s Not “Either/Or”

How many more sad stories do we need to read about depression and suicide before we accept and deal with the bigger problem?  Someone could be sober for years, but treatment for alcoholism and addiction is not enough when that person has not addressed their underlying mental health issues.  Treatment for addiction and mental health issues is not an “either/or,” it needs to be a “both/and.”

We know that when an individual’s treatment addresses both substance use and their mental health issues that their outcome is improved.  Then why is it that only 7.4 percent of the 8.9 million adults with co-occurring disorders receive treatment for both (source: SAMHSA)?

Don’t let someone you know become another statistic, or sad story in the news.  Professionals are here to assess them for both substance abuse and mental health conditions.  Integrated, holistic treatment is also available and can address all of an individual’s needs.  Call us today.

Best,
Mel Taylor
President & CEO, The Council

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Zentangle 101 & Beyond

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Zentangle® is an art form that  impacts being in the here and now, helping you to create space within yourself and encouraging healing. In this workshop, participants will receive Zentangle®suppliesand detailed instruction on how to create the art of Zentangle®and use it as a tool for healing.  This three-hour course will also include time to create a special holiday-specific piece of art. Click here for more information and to register online.

 

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A Message from the CEO: Recovery Month – How Are You Celebrating?

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September is National Recovery Month, and we couldn’t be happier here at The Council.  It’s a time to celebrate the happy and healthy life that recovery promises while also bringing awareness to the disease of addiction and alcoholism. We love it when individuals and families gather in pride over living in recovery and breaking the silence, shame, and stigma that surrounded many of them during their struggles.  When we gather and spread the word about Recovery Month we remind others that addiction knows no age, race, gender or socio-economic boundaries.  We make it more “OK” for families to address their own issues when they see that they are not alone.  We also show them the living proof that recovery is attainable.

We hope you’ll join us for the Big Texas Rally for Recovery at the State Capitol in Austin on Saturday, September 13th!  We want to make history in Texas, connecting people in recovery, their family members and friends, addiction treatment professionals and allies from all over the state, to spread the positive message that people can and do recover!

In Houston we will continue the Recovery Month festivities with the Run for Recovery on September 28th, and close out the month with the annual Addicted to Comedy event on October 4th.  See our Upcoming Events calendar at the bottom of this email for more details about these fun events.

If you are not already, you will want to follow The Council on Facebook this month as we are posting daily inspirational messages for Recovery Month to remind people about the #ReasonsForRecovery. We hope that you will share our status updates and continue to spread the message of Recovery Month. 

Best,
Mel Taylor
President & CEO, The Council

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Compassionate Hearts Yoga & Meditation Retreat

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Discover new depths of compassion for yourself and all living beings at this special one-day Yoga and Meditation Retreat at The Council which will include live acoustic music, guided and gong meditations, restorative yoga, Hatha Yoga, Mantra Yoga, and a vegetarian lunch. Please click here for more information and to register.

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Eager Beavers & Procrastinators CEU Workshop

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Join us for our Eager Beavers & Procrastinators two-day, multi-session workshop in which you can earn up to 12 hours of CEUs including 3 hours of ethics credit. You are welcome to register for one, two, or three sessions or you can receive a discount by signing up for all four sessions at the same time. Click here for more information and to register.

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