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Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017 11:08 AM


Based on research and peer-reviewed scientific studies, the National Institute of Health has found that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective resource for people suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). CBT has been shown to help individuals overcome the debilitating symptoms of stress and trauma, and allow them to become higher functioning and happier people.

The long established self-help organization, RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL, (since 1937) offers what we call cognitive behavioral training. We are trainers, not therapists. We do not analyze, diagnose or give personal advice. But if you need therapy, we can serve as an adjunct to that therapy by offering very effective cognitive behavioral techniques. We have tens and tens of thousands of testimonies that our cognitive behavioral training program has a powerful effect in changing peoples’ lives.

We offer practical ways whereby individuals can learn to take control of their emotional distress and learn better coping mechanisms. When you visit our free (donation requested) meetings, you are taught a method, and provided with self-help guidance tools. And after practicing at the meetings, you learn to apply this method and tools to your everyday life situations as they arise.

With practice, traumatized people learn to disassociate the sights, sounds, smells experienced in everyday domestic situations—with danger. We are retraining our nervous systems to become less reactive to the environmental cues that had formerly had been associated with danger--to feel calmer, safer and more in control—now that we are in safer circumstances.

The physiological changes accompanying changes in emotional reactivity, amongst others, is a calmer amygdala (emotional brain) and enhancement of the prefrontal cortex (the thinking brain) which allows rational thinking over automatic responses. (These structural changes in the brain have been documented. Brain scans and MRIs show before and after structural changes in the brains of traumatized people who have undergone CBT.)

Making the transition from combat situations to domestic situations is a major adjustment. One is often reuniting with family and friends, establishing and re-establishing relationships and re-establishing one's place in society. The RI Method offers a very practical commonsense approach in helping people deal with their daily challenges—adapting to new circumstances, overcoming emotional barriers that block building healthy relationships and meeting the demands of everyday society.

Even though RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL is the oldest self-help organization in the world (founded in 1937)--it is the first organization, as far as we know, to provide a systematic cognitive behavioral training program--whether it is called therapy or otherwise. Our meetings are opened to all. We request a $4.00 or more donation from attendees, but it is not required.

If you are unfamiliar with our organization and are hesitant to contact us—we invite you to learn more about us so you can be assured that you are connecting with a very reputable non-profit organization--highly regarded within the mental health community. We encourage you to look us up on the web using our name “Recovery International” or our founder’s name, “Dr. Abraham Low.” You will find us on web sites such as, for instance.

The following are some brief quotes from veterans who have suffered PTSD and found RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL an invaluable resource in helping them rebuild their lives after suffering trauma:

"I am a vteran of the U. S. Air Force. . . . I feel I am alive today because of Recovery. . . . I started to practice the method almost immediately and have stayed away from the hospitals since."

"My life didn't make on little bit of sense until I got in my Recovery group. . . .I have always said that Recovery saved my life and then my marriage."

Ann Landers speaking of Recovery, Inc. (now RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL ) “Their record of success is phenomenal.”

For more information and additional meetings, call 310-322-6411 or go to


RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL ALSO PROVIDES FREE TELEPHONE MEETINGS. (There may be a toll charge from your telephone company, however.) Go to WEB SITE for details.



ARCADIA, Mondays, 11:00 a.m.
Mental Health Center, 330 E. Live Oak Ave. Parking in back.
Contact: Linda at 626-253-2326.

CULVER CITY, Mondays, 6:00 p.m.
SHARE! 6666 Green Valley Circle, north off Centinela (2nd building on right),
Leader: Cliff (310) 913-1210.

CULVER CITY, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Exodus Recovery Admin. Office
9808 Venice Blvd., 5th Floor Conf. Room
Leader: Christy (People need to arrive before 7:00 p.m. as the
building’s outer entrance will be locked after 7:00 p.m.)
For more information call 310-322-6411

ENCINO, Mondays, 6:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 4963 Balboa Blvd.
Free parking in church lot. Meeting room, adjacent to parking lot
Leader: Jason, 818-268-9841

HAWTHORNE, Friday, 10:00 a.m.
South Bay Mental Health Center, 2311 El Segundo Blvd. (near Van Ness),
Meeting room upstairs. Parking in back.
Contact: Deanna at 310-512-8112.
Leave message and Deanna will call you back ASAP
between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

HOLLYWOOD, Sunday, 5:00 p.m.
Kaiser Facility, 1515 No. Vermont, Conference Center, Room 7
Enter from parking structure. Contact: 310-322-6411

HOLLYWOOD, Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m.
Hollywood Dept. of Mental Health Wellness Center, 1224 Vine St.
Street parking – read signs for restrictions
Contact: 310-322-6411.

LA CANADA, Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
Community Center of La Canada,
4469 Chevy Chase (1 block west of Angeles Crest, South of Foothill)
Contact: 310-322-6411.

LAKEWOOD, Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.
Weingart Center (Craft Room), 5220 Oliva Ave.
Contact: Bob 562-343-5195

LOMITA Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. The Harbor Church, the Education building, 25401 So. Western Ave.
Parking is in back
Contact: 310-322-6411

LOS ANGELES—DOWNTOWN 90013, Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.
Share! 425 So. Broadway (upstairs)
(Parking on Olive -- $5.00 all day)

L. A. 90035,, Friday, 3:00 p.m. .
Alcott Center, 1433 S. Robertson Blvd. (one block south of Pico) .
Street parking
(2.3 miles south of the Museum of Modern Art and La Brea Tarpits)
Contact: 310-322-6411

MAR VISTA, Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
Westside Center for Independent Living (known as WCIL), 12901 Venice Blvd. (at Beethoven). Parking in lot o.k.
Leader: Celinda (310) 339-8091

MAR VISTA,Thursdays, 5:00 p.m.
Westside Center for Independent Living (known as WCIL), 12901 Venice Blvd. (at Beethoven).
NW Corner of Venice Blvd. and Beethoven St. (Located approximately one block NE of
Venice High School--on opposite side of street).
Enter the meeting from the patio door in the rear parking lot.
Leader: Gary 310-479-7447

SAN MARINO, Mondays, 5:00 p.m.
Thurnher House, Lacy Park, 1485 Virginia Road
(Just north of Monterey Road.) House on right as you enter the park.
Parking in the rear.
Contact: 310-322-6411.

SANTA FE SPRINGS Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.
Gus Belasco Neighborhood Center, 9255 S. Pioneer Blvd., Rm. 2
Leader: Rosemarie, 562-706-0925

SANTA MONICA Saturdays, 12:15 PM
Douglas Park Clubhouse
2439 Wilshire Blvd.
Leader: Randy 310-828-9328

TORRANCE, Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m.
First Christian Church, 2930 El Dorado at Maple, Room 7
Park in church lot.
Contact: 310-322-6411.

TORRANCE , Wednesdays, 6:00 PM
Harbor –UCLA Wellness Center
21730 So. Vermont Ave.
Leader: Mary Ellen, 310-322-6411

TORRANCE, Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.,
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Bldg. D5.5, 1000 W. Carson St.
Call 310-322-6411

WOODLAND HILLS, Tuesdays, 5:30 PM,
Kaiser Permanente-Psychiatry
21263 Erwin St. Use Psychiatry entrance.
Between Canoga & Variel. Free parking
Let reception know you are there for the RI meeting.


Tues, 2:00 p.m.
Mental Health Assoc.
822 Town & Country Rd., Bldg C, Conference Rm.
Enter off Main via Lawson
Contacts: Judi 714-636-5759 & Kathie 949-722-0241

COSTA MESA Wed, 7:30 p.m.
St. Joachim Annex
1943 Orange Ave. Classroom A/B/C
Parking at church
Contact: Harold at 949-548-9669.

LAKE FOREST, Mondays, 11:00 AM
Orange County Wellness Center South
23072 Lake Center Dr., Suite 115
Leader: Giselle 949-380-0809

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