|Addiction in Cohousing support group||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 15:47:52 -0700 (PDT)|
The author of the message below who I'll call "Otto" wishes to remain anonymous. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager, <fholson [at] cohousing.org> See my post script at end also. Fred -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Dear Cohousers, I have been living and involved in Cohousing for about a decade. Unfortunately for about 3 of those years I was somewhat isolated from my Cohousing community and life in general because I was addicted to prescription pain killers and alcohol. I am proud to say that I am now clean and sober for over 100 days (my first 100 days clean and sober in over four decades) and it feels great. I go to 12 Step meetings and use the tools of relapse prevention quite diligently. While driving home from rehab, the Betty Ford Center to be exact I wondered how many others in Cohousing have the same or similar addiction (all addictions are welcome) issues that I have and could I get an anonymous group together to help create a way for those interested parties to meet each other anonymously so that we could mutually support each other. To our own betterment and perhaps that of our communities. ----------- End of Otto's message --------------------- PS from Fred. Exactly how this Addiction in Cohousing support group would work has yet to be determined. Our goal is to allow Cohousers to feel safe enough to come together to discuss their issues with addiction. We have no idea how much interest there is. We do not know how much anonymity participants would desire. Clearly personal details on Cohousing-L with it's large circulation and public archives is too public for most people. But a separate private email listserv would seem like a possibility to me (who has no experience with anything quite like this tho I do operate a number of "private" mailing lists.) I can set up a private list so posts are "anonymous" ( the from address would be replaced with the address of the list). Another possibility (to start ?) would a group phone call. A meeting of this type is being considered for the National Cohousing Conference in Massechusetts in July. If necessary Otto is willing to completely give up his anonymity to get this done. I (Fred Olson, cohousing-L list manager) would know some specifics about people who write to me or participate in a private listserv that I would set up and manage, but pledge to keep that information private. If you are interested in an Addiction in Cohousing support group, you can write to Fred the list manager at fholson [at] cohousing.org . BE CAREFUL not to send this to cohousing-L (you may want to start a new message (not reply to this message which would by default go back to the list). Or call Fred at 612-588-9532 (7am-10pm CST/CDT). Indicate if you would participate in a private listserv or other suggestions.
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