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Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017 11:13 AM


Many of us aspire to be better human beings, and to conduct ourselves in a more thoughtful, civilized way and yet we find ourselves behaving impulsively, exploding in anger, bearing grudges, competing for dominance, and exhibiting a variety of less than desirable attitudes and behaviors.

What has been lacking in our aspirations to be better people, are the nuts and bolts on just how do we move from where we are to where we want to be. Just what do we do with our uncivilized feelings and impulses? Our unskilled efforts in dealing with our less than desirable feelings are often (1) denial--a refusal to recognize them; or (2) justifying them--further dramatizing the wrong that was done to us; or (3) to suffer from guilt and self-reproach that can lead to self-loathing and depression.

Using the RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Method, a very practical, commonsense cognitive-behavioral approach, we learn to tune into our thoughts and the feelings that go with them. We come to realize that a passing thought can be just a passing thought, with no power over us. As commander and chief of our thoughts, we can choose to employ a particular thought or simply discard it. We have options. With the help of the RI guidelines, we learn to distinguish the thoughts that are useful to us; thoughts that are based on real evidence; thoughts that keep us calm and in emotional control and help us handle our situations more effectively--from the thoughts that do not fulfill this criteria.

The thoughts we choose to keep and the actions that we choose to take are actually changing our brains and nervous systems. Latest research indicates that our nervous systems have great neuroplasticity and over time, choosing better thoughts and actions, creates a better nervous system and makes us better people. Comparisons of before and after brain scans of people who have undergone cognitive behavioral training show that the “after” brain image has pronounced structural changes compared to the “before” image.

After CBT training, we notice that we are no longer the same over-reactive people we use to be. We notice that we are interacting with others more harmoniously and we are generally handling our life situations more calmly, and with greater self-control. We also find that we are feeling much better about ourselves and have improved self-confidence.

When you visit a RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL, meeting, you will hear people share their own personal experiences, attesting to how practicing the RI method has dramatically improved their lives. People who have long suffered from ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, ANGER CONTROL PROBLEMS, STRESS RELATED PROBLEMS, LOW SELF-ESTEEM, IMPULSE CONTROL PROBLEMS, OBSESSIVE THINKING, PANIC ATTACKS etc. report that they are now able to prevent or substantially reduce these distressing emotional states and find the quality of their lives greatly improved.

RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL, founded in 1937, is a non-profit international organization, with approximately 500 groups world-wide. Visit one of the numerous meetings in the greater Los Angeles area (SEE MEETING LIST BELOW), and hear the testimonies on how this method has changed lives.

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, for instance.


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.

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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