Just about a year ago, I walked into the Hanley Center at Origins beyond broken and scared. Immediately, staff was warm and welcoming. They promised me that I would be well taken care of. All of the staff, from the groundskeepers, kitchen crew, nurses, doctors, therapists, and Recovery Advocates were nothing short of amazing. They did not judge and they spoke to us with respect. They shared their own experiences which helped me to build trust, to open up, and break myself down to build me back up. I have found forgiveness for myself and others and have a true calmness inside. I am no longer in conflict with myself. I was given the most amazing opportunity to change and rebuild my life and I will be forever grateful to Hanley Center at Origins for who I am today.
Each RA candidate must be thoroughly familiar and able to convey the principles and programs of the various 12-Step fellowships. This position directly interacts with patients, and senior and clinical management. Be ready to assist the staff in the management and execution of the daily schedule and coordination/facilitation of patient needs.
There’s a good bit more in the arena of responsibilities, as well as wonderful benefits to being a part of our team.
Here is a refresher of what you learned which you can use now and for a lifetime:
My twin brother Myers and I recently got back from one of the best conferences ever. The Southern Maryland Round Up in Solomons, Maryland. Six hundred recovered alcoholics and Al-Anons gathered at a big ol’ Holiday Inn where we spent a couple days talking about the Steps and laughing our butts off. Got to bed about midnight, grateful to have been included in this event.
I was in and out of a 12-Step Fellowship for a bunch of years back in the early 80s. Went to a bunch of meetings but never stayed sober long. Y’all have heard me talking about it before. I never heard of recovery conferences. I’m sure I wouldn’t have gone if I had. In 1987, after trying to “off myself,” I landed in a different meeting up in Lewisville, Texas. Bunch of Big Book folks as it turned out. I always went to the 6 p.m. meetings after work…
These days it seems I spend much of my time sitting in airports waiting to go somewhere. This morning I’m waiting for Chris (“The Evil Twin”) to meet me in Dallas so we can go to Boston or is it Baltimore? Sigh. Anyway, while I’m waiting, my mind keeps drifting back to a book I just finished reading called “Many Faces, One Voice” by…
“He may not see at once that he has barely scratched a limitless lode which will pay dividends only if he mines it for the rest of his life and insists on giving away the entire product.” (Big Book, page 129)
What a wonderful and glorious promise this is to one that labored long and hard just to achieve a mediocre life at best…
Every time I attend our Alumni Meeting or Anniversary Night at Hanley Center at Origins, I am blown away by the power of the Fellowship! Every Tuesday night, the Alumni Meeting is packed – and I mean PACKED – full of people on fire for recovery, sharing their experience, strength, and hope.