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Fear and the Five Fear Truths
by Kimberly Stanford
Fear is a physical and emotional reaction to the unknown. However, there are Five Fear Truths that help people to understand and work through fear.
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FEAR TRUTH #1 — The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow. As I continue to succeed in my recovery, I will uncover fears I never had before. The point is to face them head on, not to turn and run. This can be an exciting and very normal part of life.
DEFINITION OF RECOVERY Recovery is remembering who you are and using your strengths to be all you were meant to be.
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FEAR TRUTH #2 — The only way to overcome the fear is to go out and do it. I still have a mild fear of heights but this does not mean I have to go bungee -jumping to face it. Instead, I started small by eating dinner on my balcony. You never know what you can do unless you try; otherwise you only know what you can’t do. FEAR TRUTH #3 — The best way to feel good about myself is to keep doing it. Next , I kept eating dinner on my balcony every weekend. These little victories built my self-confidence up and I was
able to create a pattern of strengths that helped me move forward. FEAR TRUTH #4 — Not only am I afraid of facing the unknown but so its everyone else! What a relief! FEAR TRUTH #5 — Pushing through fear is less frightening than living a life of helplessness. Now, I can really enjoy and appreciate a spectacular view from a balcony. I never would have known this had I continued to live a life of helplessness brought on by fear. I hope these Five Fear Truths have helped you as much as they have helped me. Start small and keep building upon your success. You deserve a life free from fear! ~~~~~ These Five Fear Truths about fear have been adapted from Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway© and it’s sequel Feel the Fear and Beyond by Susan Jeffers, PhD.
Client Network Event: Film Screening in Oxnard “Of Two Minds: Coping with Bipolar Disorder” is produced by Lisa Klein and Kristin Chambers and directed by Lisa Klein and Doug Bush. The Client Network invites you to a screening of this important film. Come for a light breakfast and stay for the film at 10am. Your life will be enriched. The award-winning documentary explores the lives, struggles and success of three individuals living with bipolar disorder. RSVP TODAY and chat with the directors after the film!
The Client Network Presents A Screening of The AwardWinning Documentary “Of Two Minds: Coping with Bipolar Disorder” Friday October 11, 2013 10 am A light breakfast will be available at 9:30 am in the VCBH Training Room before the film.
RSVP to 805-981-4228
Recovery Services Administrator, Mary McQuown
October Greetings from Mary I like to encourage people to get out and explore their community and nature. Last month, I had the opportunity to go on an adventure to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It was a wonderful experience.
The Sequoia trees are incredibly large and inspire a sense of wonder. The fact that some of them are 3,000 years old is mind-boggling.
The parks are on the western side of the Sierra Nevada mountains, about four hours north of Ventura. The mountains are beautiful and the roads are winding as they hug the mountain sides.
I was able to visit two deep caves that are filled with amazing formations created by underground rivers and dripping water. It took thousands and thousands of years to create those caves and the
formations are still growing. I saw quiet rivers and others that were rushing wildly over large rocks. There were waterfalls and spectacular canyons. The highlight of my trip was on the last day. I was on a trail to one of the big trees when I spotted a black bear trudging through the woods! I was so excited. It was a rejuvenating trip that I really enjoyed. May you have an adventure, too!
October Treats by the Sea by Tom Super, Recovery Coach RECOVERY INNOVATIONS
Your RI Leadership Team
Patricia and Denise support their unique Recovery Innovations’ audiences through ongoing coaching and supervision both in groups and on a one-onone basis.
Recovery Services Team Leads support RI team members
Patricia Ebner, Recovery Services Team Lead, supports the Facilitators. Of her job, she says, “This is an exciting time with the implementation of Connections in each of the clinic lobbies. The facilitators are great at sharing their knowledge of recovery and are making a difference in people’s lives.” Patricia has been with Recovery Innovations Since 2008.
The two Team Leads liaise with our partner, Ventura County Behavioral Health, and work towards bettering the delivery of peer support services and recovery education to VCBHenrolled individuals. Patricia and Denise are available to answer questions, and receive comments regarding the Facilitators and Recovery Coaches they support. Simply call (805) 981-5439 and ask for Patricia (Re: Facilitators) or Denise (Re: Recovery Coaches). Both look forward to seeing you out in the community.
Denise Krischke, Recovery Services Team Lead, supports the Recovery Coaches. “It is very fulfilling to watch team members affect others in such a deep and profound way. In partnership with VCBH treatment teams, Recovery Coaches share the message that , Recovery is a Reality.” Denise has been with Recovery Innovations Since 2009.
Partners in Focus: For Ventura Adult Clinic Enrollees The Ventura County Behavioral Health Department’s (VCBH) Ventura Adult Behavioral Health Clinic now offers an Employment Connections Group to those enrolled at its 4258 Telegraph Road location in Ventura. The Employment Connections Group will assist individuals by teaching life skills to enable them to gain independence and learn how to access employment resources in the community.
The two facilitators at the Ventura Adult Clinic will cover the following topics as part of the group’s offerings:
If you are a member of the Ventura Adult Clinic across from Ventura College and you are interested in participating in this group, simply ask a VCBH staff member for more information.
Employment Goal Setting Job Applications Resume Preparation Interviewing Skills Job Searching
Tips for Recovery: Developing Resiliency Resiliency is our ability to bounce back from stress. It occurs when we become strong, healthy or successful again after a challenge or setback.
Become aware of what you are feeling and why.
Resiliency is something that can be developed. When I have been confronted with an unexpected challenge or criticism, I learned to pause and take an unnoticeable, slow, deep breath. This gives me time to stop and think before I react or speak. I found it is okay to take a little time and put everything together in my mind first. Here are some bestpractices to increase resiliency.
Trust your ability to overcome obstacles.
Push through upsets and take action.
Be an innovator. You can figure it out as you go.
by Kimberly Stanford
Take care of yourself. Get proper sleep, a balanced diet and some exercise.
Return the ‘problem’ or challenge to it’s rightful owner if it’s not yours.
Attend WELL classes. Session 8 is especially helpful as it covers handling conflict.
Focus on the positive and, if all else fails, Laugh!
Preventing stress is easier than correcting negative effects from stress.
Being proactive helps to be better prepared to manage adversity.
Practice Guided Imagery, Mindfulness & Meditation.
It helps to be solution-oriented instead of problem-focused.
Practice ways to “Hold on to Your Power.”
Remember, we can bounce back from crises and emerge stronger.
The RI Gazette Wants Your Poetry, Artwork & Articles! Volunteer RI Monthly Gazette writers, poets and artists are made up of Ventura County Peers, Peer Support Specialists, Recovery Coaches and other RI team members. Join us! Denise Krischke at (805) 981-5439, or, email: [email protected]
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OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT MAKING ‘CONNECTIONS’ Recovery Innovations’ Peer Support Specialists are in all VCBH Clinic Lobbies Countywide Come by for Peer Support & Recovery Activities!
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