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Even though RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL,, the oldest self help organization in the world, has been offering free meetings to the public, since 1937, tt uses and has been using for 79 years now, basic cognitive behavioral principles that are recognized today as one of the most effective means of personal change and improving one's emotional well-being.

Going back to the 1930s, people suffering from ANXIETY, PANIC ATTACKS, DEPRESSION, ANGER PROBLEMS, OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR, IMPULSE CONTROL PROBLEMS and other emotional and dysfunctional distress had little reason to hope that they might overcome these conditions. The therapies employed at the time had very low success rates. There was an exception, however, people trained in using the Recovery, Inc. (now Recovery International) method were actually making remarkable progress in overcoming their mental afflictions and were making dramatic improvements in their lives and their emotional well-being.


Using the RI Method, we are equipped with a large collection of cognitive-behavioral guidelines that we can employ as needed when we find ourselves challenged by a situation or by some unwelcome feelings. Using these RI tools, we learn to recognized when our thoughts are moving us into an undesirable direction. We learn that even though we might have strong engrained habits to think and behave in certain ways, we can stop ourselves and choose other alternatives. We can choose more constructive perspectives and behaviors that will help us stay calm, promote clarity and the ability to handle our situations more effectively.

Today we know that our thoughts are synaptically linked to our physical and emotional responses. When we deliberately practice substituting constructive thinking each time we find ourselves in our old counter-productive thinking mode, we are gradually disconnecting the synaptic wiring that bring on those very distressing physical and emotional responses. We are retraining our nervous systems to become less reactive to the situations that use to stir us up and generally find ourselves becoming calmer and feeling a lot better.

And today we have concrete evidence that this self-improvement is also accompanied by physical changes in the brain. “Before and after” brain scans and MRIs show that cognitive behavioral training result in structural changes in the brain. We are not only feeling better and functioning better, but we are actually changing our brains.


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

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 Wikipedia.org., for instance.

WE REQUEST A $4.00 OR MORE DONATION FROM MEETING ATTENDEES, BUT THE DONATION IS NOT REQUIRED. WHATEVER YOU CAN DONATE IS APPRECIATED.

People are welcome to drop in at any selected RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL, meeting and just observe. It is not an ongoing class but a practice session—learning and practicing the RI Method. People are invited to attend at their own convenience. When individuals feel the need to get the self-help guidance, support and structure of an RI Meeting, it is out there for them with no further obligation.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
For more information and additional meetings, call 310-322-6411 or go to www.recoveryinternational.org.

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



SOME RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS

LOS ANGELES AREA

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)

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, 7:00 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

REDONDO BEACH, Mondays, 1:00 PM
Church of Spiritual Living, 907 Knob Hill Ave.
Contact: 310-322-6411

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.,
HABLAMOS ESPAÑOL EN ESTA REUNION (No English)
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.


ORANGE COUNTY

ORANGE
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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