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Addiction Prevention Coalition’s End Addiction BHAM was a huge success on this cold morning! It is an honor to support addiction recovery and help others through deeper issues of grief surrounding this disease.
There are a few spots left for this upcoming weekend grief intensive. Contact me if you or someone you know is interested.
END ADDICTION BHAM You are invited to come out, build a team of friends and family, and be a part of a movement! Substance abuse has ravaged our community in Birmingham and across the country, and it is time for us to stand together and fight back!
Sign up quickly because spots are limited!
Registration is open for a closed small grief group beginning February 3rd. The commitment is 6 Thursday evenings in a row and the benefit is a changed life! Send me a private message or text me at 205-541-3609 for more information. The spaces are limited, so they will likely go fast.
Hope & Healing is coming up in January. If you had lost someone to addiction, consider this weekend intensive. Spots are limited, so early registration is critical.
Grief Support Workshop Testimonial Michaela (Chea) Phillips and her family were celebrating her son's sober life of three years when he suddenly passed away from an accidental overdose. They w...
Come on out to Step by Step advanced relapse prevention group on Wednesdays. You never know who’ll be there. 🤣
Send a message if you’re interested in learning more about the group.
I was reminded that today is national grief day. Remember to carry with, not move on. Those we love never really leave us.
For all of you that also need to know tomorrow is national overdose awareness month.
It was a wonderful weekend at Camp Chula Vista for the first Unpacking weekend grief intensive that has occurred in 18 months. It was a healing time for everyone with a beautiful time of connection with each other and nature.
Roxanne and I are planning another one for February 25-27, 2022. If you are interested about getting more information closer to time, let me know on here or in a private message.
Here are some pictures of the office. Many of you have not seen my new space, so I wanted to share some recent photos with you all.
Registration is open with a few spots left. Come and join us!
Grief Flyer Fall 2021 CCV.pdf Shared with Dropbox
Unpacking - Personal Grief Workship, coming in August with Maggie. There are limited spaces, so if you wish to attend register soon!.
Always great to see old friends and make new ones - congratulations to Birmingham Recovery Center on your wonderful facilities and a gracious open house event today. Much blessings to you all on this new Avenue of treatment!
Take advantage of this opportunity tomorrow if you need to get rid of prescriptions.
For anyone interested in both of these topics (like me), this teaching is great!
The illusion that we’re all grieving when there is loss is just wrong.
“The goal for all of us needs to be grieving in real time, because every step away from real time, and real events, and real happenings, means that your memory is even more unique than the memories of other people who were there. It also means that you have either added a bunch of negative stuff, or maybe reframed a bunch of negative stuff that changes the whole thing… How capable are you of being present to what’s happening RIGHT NOW? And how capable are you of observing yourself non-judgmentally?”
Enneagram and Grieving available April 23rd
#grieving #enneagramandgrieving #grief #enneagram #theenneagramjourney
Catch Maggie for Happy Hour on Zoom, April 29th at 4:00 pm
Welcome to Restore Counseling Services. I am Maggie Banger and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Alabama and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I also hold a certification as a Grief Recovery Specialist from the Grief Recovery Institute. I conducted research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Translational Research on Aging and Mobility prior to pursuing my Master's of Education in Counseling from the University of Montevallo.
Don't forget! The Pop Up Addiction Resource Fair + Lunch is on March 15th. Email [email protected] if you want more information.
Pop Up Addiction Resource Fair + Lunch
More places to help!!! Thankful for this.
Joy and Sorrow - woven together.
Then a woman said,
Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.
And he answered:
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.
- Kahlil Gibran
art | Miho Hirano
Love - And the greatest of these is Love.
We are accustomed to thinking about love as a human sentiment or emotion, but Teilhard saw love as a passionate force at the heart of the Big Bang universe: the fire that breathes life into matter and unifies elements, center to center. “Love,” he wrote, “is the physical structure of the universe.” It draws together and unites and, in uniting, it differentiates. Love is intrinsically relational, the affinity of being-with-being in a personal, centered way; a unity toward greater wholeness of being that marks all cosmic life. If there was no internal propensity to unite, even at a rudimentary level—indeed, in the molecule itself—Teilhard said, it would be physically impossible for love to appear higher up, in the human form.
Love is the core of evolution.
~ Richard Rohr
art | Freydoon Rassouli
Send a little love this February by joining the Project Holiday Hope campaign Wondering how to spread some love + encouragement this February? Take part in Addiction Prevention Coalition's Project Holiday Hope campaign.
Unforgiveness is spiritual poison to ourselves, and thus the world around us.
Forgiveness is not a matter of exonerating people who have hurt you.
They may not deserve exoneration.
Forgiveness means cleansing your soul of the bitterness of ‘what might have been,’ ‘what should have been,’ and ‘what didn’t have to happen.’
Someone has defined forgiveness as ‘giving up all hope of having had a better past.’ What’s past is past and there is little to be gained by dwelling on it.
There are perhaps no sadder people then the men and women who have a grievance against the world because of something that happened years ago and have let that memory sour their view of life ever since.
—Harold S. Kushner.
art | Natalia Drapina
Take the risk
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Louise Erdrich - The Painted Drum
Andrea Kowch - Expectation.
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Cheryl Lewallen, M.Ed., LPC, NCC is a licensed counselor in private practice. Hoover, Alabama. Due to Covid she is currently utilizing telehealth.
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