Adolescence

Coachella: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Coachella is happening and there are tons of opportunities for sober fun! MusicCares is in the house, representing artists in recovery. There are organizations like Soberchella who host 12-step meetings every day of the 3-day festival. Aside from listening to the varied array of musical acts (seriously, there is more variety at Coachella than at the 99-cent store!), you can enter a “Bad Dancing Competition,” or you can Hula Hoop, participate in a “Not-So-Silent Dance Party,” a Three-Legged Race, play Dodgeball, participate in a Joke Contest, or a Pinball Competition. The opportunities for sober fun are many!   There are …

The Annual Alumni Ski Trip! It’s Finally Here!

This is it: time for our annual Alumni Big Bear Ski trip, and we are over the moon! It’s one of the favorite alumni events of the year, and the fact that 6 more weeks of winter have been predicted (thanks, Punxsutawney Phil!), and the fact that snow is falling, we are raring to go.   It’s always an adventure complete with community building activities, epic goofiness, 12-step meetings, fellowship, and a burrito-eating contest. Yes, you read that last part correctly. There’s a place in Big Bear that sells something called the “Big Juan” burrito. It’s a 4-pound burrito and …

Visions Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah

It’s a big night: it’s the night before Thanksgiving and the first night of Chanukah. It’s a holiday mashup if I’ve ever seen one!   There is the inevitable stress (walk into any grocery store and you’ll see what I mean), family shenanigans (some good, some bad), and excitement. I won’t lie, the entire week has been focused on making Thanksgivukkah donuts. Really.  What I will tell you is this: try to find some humor in the madness. There is humor and joy or the possibility of both everywhere you turn.   There are: Menurkeys         Bad …

How To Have a Safe, Sober and Fun Halloween

Did you know that more people drink and drive on Halloween than many other holidays? “Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that Halloween is among one of the most deadly holidays for drunk driving. For the holiday period — from October 30 through 5:59 a.m. on November 1, 2011 — 74 people died nationwide in a crash involving a drunk driver, a 21 percent increase over the average number of drunk driving deaths per day.” via MADD We understand that Halloween can be a trigger for some people, particularly those who are newly in recovery, so it’s important …

Films About Recovery: Reel Recovery Film Festival 2013

Writers in Treatment presents the 5th annual Reel Recovery Film Festival. It’s happening right now in Santa Monica through the 24th of October. It features films about, by, and for people in recovery. Writers in Treatment are a non-profit organization rooted in recovery and the arts. They provide referrals to those seeking treatment as well as scholarships for those in need.  Writers in Treatment also offers educational, wellness and prevention programs through their Author/Outreach series. The films are playing throughout the day starting at 1:00 and there are a wide variety of films to choose from. Follow this link to …

Alumni Adventure: Halloween Horror Nights

One of the most lauded alumni events at Visions is our Halloween outing.  This year is no different as we expand our adventure and take it to new heights: Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, we are coming your way!  I hear it’s scarier, gorier, and more terrifying than ever.  Rumor has it, Halloween Horror Nights makes Knott’s look like kids’ play! Say it isn’t so!   The attractions are fraught with zombies galore, inspired by the Walking Dead as well as some much-needed comic relief. A little screaming, a little laughing: it’s all waiting for you! Check it out:   …

Visions Alumni Weekend, 2013!

The Visions Alumni weekend is fast approaching and we are really looking forward to three days of sober fun! Each year, alumni get a chance to reconnect with their fellow alumni, challenge the staff to a softball game, and engage in team building activities that are chock full of laughter and joy.  For us, it’s a pleasure to see the evolution of our alumni as they gotten more rooted in their recovery.   This Alumni Weekend is going to be stellar. Day one: We start the weekend off with an amazing dinner and bowling. Day two: There is an opportunity …

ICYPAA 55: Phoenix, Here We Come

The 55th ICYPAA Convention (International Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous) is happening and it’s in Phoenix, Arizona this year! ICYPAA is an annual gathering for young people to celebrate and honor their sobriety. Over the years, we have seen an increase in the numbers of young people coming into recovery. ICYPAA has been a consistent resource.  ICYPAA provides a huge pool of experience, strength and hope for young people, allowing a safe space for those walking similar paths and trying to better their lives to be amongst their peers in a fun, entertaining, spiritual, hopeful way.   Being …

Serious to Silly: Finding your Funny Bone in Recovery

Do we have to stop being silly just because we’re in recovery?  I think not!  In fact, our mental health just might be at stake if we get too serious! Things we do need to be serious about: Our sobriety The 12 Steps Our speech: is it helpful or harmful? Our actions: are you being selfish, self-centered, greedy, or manipulative? Our health: are you taking care of our mental and physical health? Asking for help Developing self-awareness Self-care But here are some things where being silly, play, lightheartedness can be invited in: Creativity Exercise…outside…in the mountains, or at the beach. …

Happy Halloween!

It’s Halloween…and you’re sober! What?! That’s right, you are sober! Your life has changed dramatically since last Halloween. You are more aware, you are living a clean life, you have different social circles,  you are starting to feel better in your skin. But for some reason, this dastardly holiday baffles you and freezes you in your tracks.  It’s ok. It’s happened to all of us. Gone are the days when you have to be high to dress up or drunk to have fun. Gone are the days when the key component in your social adventures was 80 proof .  You …

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