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An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness (Paperback) by Kay Redfield Jamison In Touched with Fire , Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatrist, turned a mirror on the creativity so often associated with mental illness. In this book she turns that mirror on herself. With breathtaking honesty she tells of her own manic depression, the bitter costs of her illness, and its paradoxical benefits: "There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness and terror involved in this kind of madness.... It will never end, for madness carves its own reality." This is one of the best scientific autobiographies ever written, a combination of clarity, truth, and insight into human character. "We are all, as Byron put it, differently organized," Jamison writes. "We each move within the restraints of our temperament and live up only partially to its possibilities." Jamison's ability to live fully within her limitations is an inspiration to her fellow mortals, whate

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous (DDA) is a peer support group based on an authorized version of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous plus an additional 5 Steps that focus on Dual Diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse). DDA's unique 12 Steps Plus 5 Program offers *hope for achieving the promise of recovery. 12 Step Faciliation Group Tues. 3pm @ Center For Living call 386-2620 ends 12/8/09 DDA Meeting Tuyes. 4pm @ Center for Living will move to new location after 12/8/09

Coming to Our Senses, Jon Kabat Zinn

Books on Sponsorship

Twelve Step Sponsorship: How It Works by Hamilton B. Things My Sponsor Taught Me by Paul H. A Sponsorship Guide for 12-Step Programs by M. T. The Soul of Sponsorship: The Friendship of Fr. Ed Dowling, S.J. and Bill Wilson in Letters by Robert Fitzgerald S.J. Living Sober by AA Services AA Services

Choosing a Sponsor

Guest Author - Lara F. Many people say that in fact, you can't choose your sponsor, your sponsor can't choose you and that it's a certain amount of circumstances that brings you both together at the right place at the right time. I personally still have a hard time resolving my thoughts on fate, coincidence and what is commonly termed in the program as 'God shots'. So I will continue to say that I chose my sponsor, after all I'm the one that mustered up enough courage to call a complete stranger and ask her in effect, to 'date me'. So how do you choose a sponsor? What is a sponsor? And what happens if your sponsor doesn't work out? What is a sponsor? Sponsorship did not exist in the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous. Sponsorship nowadays has become a strong part to ones recovery. Typically a sponsor is an individual of the same sex who has more sobriety than a sponsee and has completed the 12 steps of the recovery program. A sponsor will guide the


Jane Rekas, LCSW EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & CREDENTIALS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, October 1997, License #2544 Master of Social Work, June 1992, Portland State University Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 1987, Reed College, Portland, Oregon COUNSELING BACKGROUND Mental Health Specialist - Private Practice - Turtle Dove Counseling, Hood River, OR (9/08-present). Mental Health Specialist – Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Hood River, OR (12/04-9/30/10). Mental Health Specialist – Mid-Columbia Children’s Council, Hood River, OR (11/02-11/04). Family Services Coordinator – Mid-Columbia Children’s Council, Inc. Hood River, OR (8/00-11/02). Early Head Start Home Visitor – Mid-Columbia Children’s Council, Inc., Hood River, OR (5/00-8/00). Child and Family Therapist – Children’s Center, Vancouver, WA, 5/97-10/99. Individual and Family Therapist – Lutheran Family Service, Beaverton, OR, 10/94-5/97. Child and Family Therapist – Center for Community Mental Health, Portlan


Alcohol and Drug Treatment Hotline: 1-800-621-1646 Gambling Treatment Hotline: 1-877- MY-LIMIT (877-695-4618) DETOX: Hooper Detox 20 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR 97232 Phone: 503-238-2067 Umatilla County Detox Unit 4708 NW Pioneer Place Pendleton, OR 97801 Phone: 541-278-2558 MEDICAL DETOX: New Vision @ Holy Rosary Medical Center 351 S.W. 9th Street Ontario, OR 97914 Phone 541-881-7444 SUPPORTED LIVING: Freedom House (women) 2308 E. 12th St. The Dalles, OR 97058 Phone: 541-296-9748 Grace House (men) and Mercy House (women) Contact: Pastor Clyde Keizer The Dalles, OR 97058 Phone: 541-965-0684 OREGON RESIDENTIAL: ARC Contact: Gaye Smith 686 NW Ninth Ontario, OR 97914 Phone: 541-889-2490 *Completes their assessments; does not need ASAM evaluation Best Care/ Visions of Hope Contact: Laura or Colin 676 Negus Way Redmond, OR 97756 Phone: 541-504-9577 *OHP Dual Diagnosis placement available; ASAM evaluation required Eastern Oregon Alcoholism Foundation (one unit with Umatilla D

DBT Glossary

A B Borderline personality disorder (BPD) individuals describe chronic feelings of anger, emptiness, depressions and anxiety. They experience extreme frustration and anger, and occasionally experience brief psychotic episodes. They describe chaotic relationships and "confused identities." Even among those who have not attempted suicide, suicide ideation is common. The quality of life ratings for some of the problems frequently experience by BPD individuals suggest that their quality of life is amongst the lowest. C Cutting ~ see Self-Injury D Describe (Mindfulness Skill). Put words on the experience. When a feeling or thought arises, or you do something, acknowledge it. For example, say in your mind, "Sadness has just enveloped me."... or... "My stomach muscles are tightening."... or... "A thought 'I can't do this' has come into my mind"... or... "walking, step, step, step..."Put experiences into words. Describe t

Turtle Dove Counseling Book Recommendations

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