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Happy Friday, CHOW Community!

Written by: jasparkspapa

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Another weekend is upon us, and it is full of opportunities for wellness! As always, we have a rad collection of local (and non!) events to consider for this coming weekend.

CHOW volunteer opportunity

Do you have a heart for service?

Are you looking for an organization to donate your time to?

Are you passionate about the service industry?

This might be the opportunity for you!

CHOW is looking for volunteers for our new Educational Committee.

CHOW is seeking volunteers to serve on an education committee to help CHOW create a manual for wellness and review our mental health Amuse course.
The ideal candidates will be possess one or all of the following:

  • Lived experience with mental health or recovery
  • Work experience in hospitality/restaurants
  • Recognizes all pathways to recovery, i.e., harm reduction
  • Find joy in learning and/or teaching
  • Respect for evidence based practices set forth by SAMHSA/ Mental Health America, etc.
  • Passion for creating mental health, wellness, and recovery friendly workplaces
  • Actively desire to  participate in brainstorming discussions; expresses ideas and feedback
  • Good content review/editing skills

If any of these bullet points describe you, please apply to join CHOW’s education committee.  Contact erin@chowco.org for more info. 

cHOW friday amuse update:

Our website links were checking to see if we were paying attention, and our Friday registration link was down this week. Our Amuse registration is open and ongoing, and our Friday link is back up and running. Feel free to join in to our Amuse training regardless of what week we’re on; the class can be completed on a cyclical rotation and is made to fit everyone’s schedule!

Visit www.chowco.org/meetings to see our training schedule and register now.

Single AF (alcohol-free!) Night 

Awake has paired up with local The Social; modern matchmaking for an evening of icebreaking, mingling, mocktails, and connections. Alcohol-free, radically inclusive, and FREE! 

Awake Denver: 2240 Clay St Unit 100, Denver, CO 80211

Visit https://www.awakedenver.com for more details!

Have you heard of C.R.A.F.T?

The CRAFT approach is a system for helping friends and family members change the way that they are interact with someone they love who is drinking or using drugs too much. This is approach is for the friends and family members…that’s YOU!

The amazing thing about family members is that they know a ton about their drug or alcohol using family member. They know when the person drinks, what he or she is like when using drugs or alcohol, what the person’s moods are when they drink, and what the person is like when he or she sobers up. The family member has tons of information, but doesn’t know what to do with it. That’s where CRAFT comes in. CRAFT provides a comprehensive strategy for how to interact with drinking and drugging family members in a way that has been shown to work to get their loved into treatment and to get their life back from addiction.

CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training) originated at the University of New Mexico and was developed by Robert Meyers, Ph.D. and colleagues. Research on CRAFT shows that about 70% of families who receive CRAFT are able to get their loved ones into treatment within a year (Miller, Meyers, & Tonigan, 1999). CRAFT also helps family members improve their own lives, whether their loved one ends up seeking treatment or not.

CRAFT teaches family members how to:

  1. Identify their loved one’s triggers for and results of their use.
  2. Break the patterns that lead to or increase a loved one’s drinking or using.
  3. Develop and improve communication skills to more effectively express their needs and requests.
  4. Help their loved one access effective addiction treatment resources when they express interest in treatment.
  5. Learn or re-learn how to take care of themselves and reconnect with their values so that, regardless of their loved one’s use, they can still lead a life that is centered on their values and not their loved one’s drug/alcohol use.
  6. If violence or the potential for violence exists, help family members identify triggers for violence and develop plans to keep themselves (and their children) safe.

C.R.A.F.T offers group support and meetings, and is an excellent community resource!

Visit https://helpingfamilieshelp.com/about-craft for more information.

Have a great weekend!