Hope you rang in the new year with a healthy and safe celebration. If you’re looking to gain or maintain sobriety in 2018, there are some steps you can take that will support you in your goals.
- Practice gratitude.
Gratitude is one of the main principles of recovery. It will keep you grounded and can help you move forward from the past. If you’re not sure where to start, try doing a daily gratitude practice that takes 1-5 minutes. If you’re a writer, try writing down what you’re grateful for, and you can read it later for support and encouragement.
- Find a hobby.
Boredom is the enemy of sobriety and healthy living . If you’ve got extra time on your hands, it’s time for a hobby. Find a sport, gather sober friends for a weekly movie night, go outside and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. There’s always more to do and more to learn. Find something new to love.
- Establish stronger connections.
Make or deepen connections with a sober community this year. Take someone you’ve wanted to get to know out for coffee. Ask them about their recovery, what’s worked for them, or how you can support them. Learn to listen and become a better friend and support person. Not only will it support their recovery, but also yours.
- Get physically healthy.
Physical health involves being at a healthy body weight, exercising and taking care of any physical health concerns you’ve been avoiding. Make 2018 the year of improving YOUR health. Get a check-up, get some vitamins and commit to physical exercise, even a little every day. Studies have shown that just 10 minutes a day of rigorous exercise will improve everything. Since body and mind are connected, if your body is strong this supports your mind.
- Take care of your mental health.
Mental health concerns can affect everyone. If needed, make an appointment with a counselor, therapist or health coach. Getting your mental health in check will help you find balance and peace.
- Don’t worry about minor things.
Ditch old resentments and hurts and make this the year that you forgive yourself and others. Make a list and work on getting rid of them one by one. If you’re having a tough time, work with a counselor to go into 2018 free of these old hurts. Focus on positivity and building healthy, strong relationships.
- Ask for help.
None of these steps are easy, particularly if you’re attempting more than one. Asking for help is a sign of strength, and also makes you humble. We can all benefit from more humility in our lives.
“When we become aware of how blessed we truly are, miracles start to happen.”
Ocean Career Day is Saturday January 27, 2018 9 am to 2 pm
Ocean Career Day is an opportunity for middle, high school and college students to learn about educational, volunteer, internship and career opportunities at a variety of colleges, nonprofits and government institutions. Parents, guardians and teachers are also welcome to attend. There are formal presentations from marine science professionals and a panel presentation from representatives of colleges and universities—plus, speak with representatives from a variety of ocean-related organizations.
If interested contact WAPI staff at 1-844-987-WAPI or email Teri@wapiseattle.org.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is October 28, 2017. 4 out of every 5 people who start using heroin start with inappropriate use of prescriptions. Getting rid of unused medication is one of the most powerful prevention tools possible.
King County has a secure medication return program that can help you keep your family and communities safer-https://kingcountysecuremedicinereturn.org/
Teens believe it’s safe
Many teens mistakenly believe it is safe to misuse prescription and over-the-counter drugs because they get them from the home. More than half of teens surveyed say they get the drugs they abuse from their family or friend’s medicine cabinet, often without anyone’s knowledge. Safely disposing of what you no longer need reduces access.
Seniors keep loved ones safe
More than 50 percent of seniors take more than 5 medications or supplements daily. Storing unwanted medicines with daily medications can put seniors at risk of not taking medications as prescribed and are accessible to others for misuse. Safely storing what you need and disposing of what you don’t keep families safe.
Find National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day locations near you: https://takebackday.dea.gov/#collection-locator or call 1-800-882-9539.
Remember, flushing medication or putting it in the garbage can pollute waters and lands.
Thank you to King County for sharing this valuable information.
Stay safe Seattle!
Are you concerned with the availability of marijuana in your community? King County offers a free guide to preventing underage use here.
It is available in a variety of languages and offers helpful tips for concerned parents or caregivers.
Remember, you don’t need to face substance use fears alone. WAPI offers free assessment services if you believe your youth is in need of any help around substance use or dependency.
Stay healthy and safe!
Join us at the Federal Way Community Center on October 28th from 9am to Noon for a helpful, supportive forum offering help on the issues that affect our youth:
Drug Use Prevention
The event is free and sure to offer some resources for these hot topics. Federal Way Community Center is at 876 S. 333rd, Federal Way, WA 98003.
To register or if you have questions contact-
With Fall comes a return to school, cool weather and Beat Shop. WAPI’s popular music program for youth resumes October 5th. Spaces are limited so sign up soon.
The YMCA will be hosting a life skills conference for young adults (ages 17-25) on 8/22 and 8/23. The conference is called Level Up! Life Skills for Crushing Adulthood. It will be at Benaroya hall, and includes:
- swag and raffle items
- Speakers from Seahawks & Delta Air Lines
- Resource fair
- Workshops hosted by awesome corporations & non-profits
- Lunch both days
This event is totally FREE to youth, and you can sign up here-www.ymcalevelup.eventbrite.com
Hello to all our friends and supporters! There have been many changes at WAPI over the summer, and we’re looking forward to sharing our exciting and positive news. Coming next month we’ll resume our music and arts programming around King County, and have continued offering our counseling and outreach services. Come back soon to hear all about it.
Be safe, be well and continue to enjoy this glorious Seattle summer.
Join the crew at Level Up Youth and WAPI as we present our open mic night. Doors at 5pm, all are welcome. WAPI is an inclusive, drug-free, weapon-free, safe zone. See you then! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.