12 Tips to Staying Sober

Source: Grapevine Magazine
  1. Line up extra 12-step activities (help on the phones, speak, empty the ashtrays).
  2. Be host to friends, especially newcomers, at home or at a coffee shop.
  3. Keep your 12-step telephone list with you at all times.
  4. Find out about holiday meetings or celebrations in your local groups.
  5. Skip any drinking occasions you’re nervous about.
  6. If there’s one you can’t skip, take an recovery friend–or keep candy handy.
  7. Don’t think you have to stay late (plan an “important date” in advance).
  8. Go to church. Any church. And don’t forget about extra meetings.
  9. Don’t sit around brooding; catch up on reading, museums, walks, letters.
  10. Don’t project about holiday temptations: remember “One day at a time.”
  11. Even if you cannot give material gifts, enjoy the beauty of holiday love.
  12. Carry the message. Give the joy away, and it will be yours to keep.
  13. Reach out to your community via social media
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New Way to Mid Day

The New Way of Living Group meets daily at 10:30AM for the past decade and has notified us of an upcoming change. Monday through Friday, the New Way Group decided to meet at a later time, 12PM beginning January 1st. The Saturday meeting changed it’s name to the First Things First Group, and like the New Way of Living Sunday group, will meet at 10:30AM.

Happy Thanksgiving

Last night, a group of “young people” met to play trivia with friends as a means to raise money for a conference on “Black Wednesday”.  This particular day is known as the most popular drinking night, so we opened our doors for a sober event.  Huge success!  Friends connected to play in teams.  The competition was fierce.  Grateful to have opportunities for places to go to stay sober around this holiday.

Thankful for “young people” in recovery!

R is for Recovery

There is Hope in Recovery
In any given day, over 700,000 Americans seek treatment for alcohol or drug addiction.
At least one-third of alcoholics fully recover.
Using prescription drugs to combat alcohol dependency, in combination with treatment, boost the recovery success rate to 50 percent.
There are an estimated 1.25 million Alcoholics Anonymous members in the U.S.
There are more than 25,000 Narcotics Anonymous groups in the world.
A majority of Americans (80 percent) have positive feelings about prevention and recovery from substance use disorders.

RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE AND WORTH IT! #risforrecovery #recoveryispossible #pramoments
Source: http://www.reneweveryday.com/resources/addiction-recovery-facts/

Grateful I’m Not Dead Motorcycle Run

Day will begin for breakfast and a 10am meeting at Burnham Fellowship Club, located at 13819 S Green Bay Ave, Chicago, IL. Afterwards, the bikes will ride over to the LARC Club 1025 E Ridge Road, Griffith, IN for lunch and fellowship. Bike ride will end at the Portage Recovery for the final party.

Questions? Contact Nelson 219-246-6904

Fill out the app, send to portagerecoveryassociation@gmail.com. Payment by PayPal is made available too.

Treating Addiction Like We Treat Heart Disease

Let’s begin by giving you some framework on how to best think about addiction.

Imagine a close friend or family member is diagnosed with heart disease. Then, despite the fact that heart disease is a chronic condition with no cure, your loved one goes to great lengths to adjust their lifestyle to improve their health.

They quit smoking, begin working out, eating healthy, taking prescribed medication, attending cardiac rehab, and setting goals.

After some time passes, they experience a setback and require surgery. Would you feel angry at them for the progression of their heart disease? Or would you cheer them on as they recover? Would you be proud of them for their continued hard work or frustrated with their inability to be cured of an incurable disease?

In this hypothetical scenario of heart disease, of course you would be supportive, encouraging, and caring.

But what if your friend or family member was suffering from addiction? Would you respond the same?

The Realities Of Addiction

Addiction is a disease for which we have no cure. Recovery is not a finish line to be crossed… It is an ongoing journey with stages of progress and periods of struggle.

Unfortunately, this can be difficult to understand for those supporting their loved ones in their struggle with addiction.

Contrary to popular belief, recovery from addiction is not a matter of willpower. For those who suffer from substance use disorders, it takes more than good intentions to stop using drugs and alcohol because addiction changes the brain.

The use of drugs and alcohol impairs choice and willpower, meaning an addict’s dependency is often beyond their control. This is why recovery often requires professional treatment and the support, understanding, and encouragement of loved ones.

Each day, a person seeking help for substance or alcohol abuse can find a 12-step meeting in the morning and evenings here at the Portage Recovery Association. We are a clubhouse of men and women who utilize a 12-step model to treat their afflictions. Contact us for additional information: portagerecoveryassociation@gmail.com.

r is for Recovery.

“A Month of Awareness: National Recovery Month Suicide Prevention Month » Alo House Malibu.” Alo House Malibu. September 17, 2018. Accessed June 11, 2019. https://alorecovery.com/a-month-of-awareness-national-recovery-month-suicide-prevention-month/ Perfect illustration of viewing addiction and heart disease differently when both issues are health problems.

National Recovery Month


Another successful event! Our mayor stopped in to meet our friends. We are excited to have his support! Visit the City of Portage YouTube page to learn more about what’s happening in this great town: https://youtu.be/dcwOZZoC53I.

Mayor John Cannon has agreed to speak at a new event. PRA will host an event to recognize #NationalRecoveryMonth. We are planning the first of many to recognize recovery month in September. Save the date-September 14th!!

Recovery is possible! Recovery is something to be proud of! Join us by celebrating the people in your life who are in recovery during National Recovery Month! #nationalrecoverymonth #risforrecovery


National Recovery Month 2019 30th Anniversary.


JOIN THE MOVEMENT EMPOWERING OTHERS TO RECLAIM THEIR LIVES BECAUSE RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE. The Portage Recovery Association, fondly referred to as the “PRA”, is a home…
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PRA & 12-step programs Interrelatedness

There are sometimes misconceptions and confusion regarding the interrelatedness between the PRA and 12-Step programs.

The Club operates as a non-profit organization whose revenues come from group donations, paid memberships, donations, and occasional fundraisers. 

PRA Club expenses consist of upkeep and the maintenance of the facility, utilities, organizing social activities, and other overhead expenses necessary to operate.

The following are some organizational contrasts between the PRA and the 12-Step Programs:

  •  Physical vs spiritual
  • Business vs fellowship
  • Dues vs no dues or fees
  • Reliant on income & donations vs self-supporting
  • Rules & bylaws vs 12 Traditions
  • Organized vs self-governing
  • Officers vs trusted servants

 There are some 12-step members who are very sensitive to any mixing of 12-step business with the PRA business.

The Portage Recovery Association is a totally separate entity from all 12-step programs.