NEWSLETTER #7

You probably have 30 or 60 days sober, or maybe getting close to 1 or 2 years, whatever time you have in sobriety, have you ever asked yourself where you are going or where you want to be?

By where I’m not talking about a physical location, but a mindset.  This is about how you see your cup, half-full or half empty.  Mindset is about optimism, and it doesn’t magically happen, you must invest in it. One of the goals of our alumni program is to promote a positive mindset, so you can well balance your mind, body, and spirit to live a healthy and fulfilling life. We want to see you counting your sober days not only by making checking marks on your calendar but by celebrating each day because you have invested in your recovery, especially by allowing yourself to have fun and getting out of your selfishness by helping others.  Move forward, we are here to support you!

Is there any type of event or service work that you would like to be part of? Contact us and share your ideas. Join our events and volunteer services or reach out to get more information.  You can always call us at 512-200-4925 (James) or 512-643-3732 (Rosana).

Alumni Spotlight

"My name is Kyle and I am a recovered alcoholic. That's something I'm proud to say. I never knew that was an option for me. Internally I never felt right in my own skin. I was always looking for purpose in my life, and I didn’t think it would ever come. To me, life was a burden we all had to endure. I was broken physically, mentally, and spiritually. I was angry that God had forgotten me. Little did I know that God had a plan for me.
I started drinking at 13 years old. My first taste of liquor made me feel normal and accepted. Finally, I had found something that had turned those internal thoughts off. My love for alcohol grew in high school where I was already getting a reputation for partying to the point I showed up for football practice still drunk. In my head that was normal and nobody cared. Alcoholism had already taken over my life. My drinking only got heavier in college. I was arrested multiple times, and yet I still couldn't stay stopped. I begged my family to keep me in jail. There I could not hurt anyone anymore. My internal feeling finally matched my appearance. I no longer recognized myself in the mirror. My heart was failing. Getting out of bed was a struggle. I didn't want tomorrow to come. I couldn't stop by myself. Finally, my family told me it was time to get help. I found Infinite Recovery. They showed me a different path and saved my life. I realized I was lost, not God. I am so grateful for everything in my past because it has led me here today. I can finally look at myself in the mirror. Getting sober is just the beginning for me. I no longer fear tomorrow. I can't wait to see what God has planned for me tomorrow."

Kyle K.Sobriety Date – 04/03/21

What Are We Up To?

We have enjoyed the Texas 100+ degree weather! On July 16th we rowed kayaks and paddle boards at Lady Bird Lake.  A big thanks to The Phoenix!  On July 30th, we met for food, fellowship and fun at the pool. To close the month, we volunteer at the Central Texas Food Bank and prepared 882 boxes to be distributed to our neighbors in need.

We want to see you at the next event and volunteer service! Contact us!

Extra! Extra!

Great news!  Starting this week, on Thursday, August 4th, our weekly alumni meeting will be in person. The meeting will be held at our facility located at 1201 Arrow Point Dr., Cedar Park, TX.

Fellowship will start at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be from 7 – 8 pm.  We would love to see you here!

If you can’t make in person or live in another city, please join us virtually on the link below.

Weekly Alumni Meetings - Join us! Every Thursday at 7:00 pm

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Events & Volunteer Services Coming Up

Austin Citywide, August 20th

This is a huge event hosted by AA every 3rd Saturday of the month. Great time to make friends! Check more information at www.austincitywide.org

When: August 20th

Time: Doors open at 5:30 pm

Where: Riverbend Church Fellowship Center

Pride Parade, August 20th

Infinite Recovery will be at the Pride Parade and you are welcome to join us.

When: August 20th

Where: Austin Downtown (Contact us for more information)

Overdose Awareness Day, August 27th

This year, Infinite Recovery will be hosting the 7th Annual Williamson County Overdose Awareness Day. This is a day to remember those who were lost and support those in recovery. We’ll have great speakers and a special memorial. Come and bring your family!

When: August 27

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am

Where: Lakeview Pavilion at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Learning & Growing

Utilizing Guilt and Diminishing Shame by Carter Peterson LPC-Associate, Infinite Recovery Program Therapist

Guilt and shame are sometimes seen as meaning the same thing, however, they are completely different. Guilt involves feeling responsible or remorseful for some sort of offense or wrong, whether it be real or imagined. Shame involves feelings of being a failure or unacceptable to others. Simply put, guilt tells us “I made a mistake,” whereas shame tells us “I am the mistake.” While shame keeps us down, guilt can be used to motivate us to change and be better. Experiencing guilt is an opportunity to clarify values and take action in the present rather than dwell on past mistakes. On the other hand, shame acts as a poison to our growth-leading to isolation and lower self-esteem. Shame left in darkness will continue to fester and grow. The only way to combat shame is to expose it to light, meaning that we practice vulnerability and share our shame with those who can offer empathy. Shame and empathy cannot exist in the same space. Share your shame with those you trust and begin to heal. For a humorous and informative video about shame, check out this talk given by Brené Brown.

Rosana Sielaff

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