SANTA MARIA: HELP

SANTA MARIA:  HELP

This week, we talked about help and why, in recovery especially, help is to hard to ask for and even harder to receive.  This is because for most addicts, needing help generally results in one or all of the following three things:  Disappointment, harm, or abandonment.  So, as a survival skill, these women have learned to turn off the "Need" alert and to get by on their own, to their own demise.  

SANTA MARIA: US = THEM

SANTA MARIA: US = THEM

From Barbie:

The women that we go serve are really not that different than you or me.  Yes, these women are in recovery for drugs, and alcohol.  Yes, they have lived on the streets, hustled, stolen, prostituted, gotten arrested, and anything else that one would need to be able to be an addict and live in the streets.  When we sit in a group with these women though….

SANTA MARIA: PLAY

SANTA MARIA: PLAY

Friday, Jan. 15th session.  Today, we tried to get the women to join us in some playful cardio.  Most of them couldn't even get though 2 minutes.  And, so, we stopped them and had them sit down.  We discussed how their life and the events that had unfolded due to their addiction had stolen their access to play, physically and emotionally.  We suggested that they decide to fight to get that stolen gift back.  That it was their birthright and a part of their spirit that deserved care and protection, but never received it.