February e-Newsletter 2023

Wellness in Recovery

Some of you may have read that headline and thought, ‘wait, I’m in recovery, so of course I’m well.’ But recovery has many facets, just putting down the substance is not enough. Overall wellness addresses many areas not just the things that we do to maintain recovery such as meetings, 12-Steps and therapy. The fact that February is American Heart month and the month that we celebrate those we love, I thought a little self-love was in order. So, let’s consider the importance of wellness in recovery.

What is wellness in Recovery? This article from the Faces and Voices website talks about the positive impact of wellness on recovery. It lists the eight dimensions of overall well-being as emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and environmental. But it also encourages us to look towards physical health as a priority, simply because when we are physically feeling well, we’re able to address many of those other areas. Does that mean you have to be a world-class athlete? No, personal health is on a continuum and it’s individual for each person.

So, how does one start? This Healthline article offers several tips on getting started, including obtaining a baseline health check with a physician. Sometimes people in recovery tend to go to the extremes. This is definitely not a way you will want to approach your health goals. A slow and steady committed effort that is sustainable is the best route to go. Easy does It applies here, however, don ’t forget the second part of that saying that is often left out … But Do It. You not only have to make a plan, but you need to execute the plan. There are multiple ways to change behavior. If you think about ways, you’ve already changed your behavior to support your recovery you probably know some of them.

  • Writing down the commitment you’re making for healthy changes and the steps involved in making them.
  • Taking a personal inventory on what barriers you have internally and externally and review ways you can overcome them.
  • Tell another person or 100 people, what your intentions are, and ask if they can help you follow through with your commitment to wellness.
  • Be specific and identify what you’re really truly motivated to change. For instance, just stating you want to get healthy is not nearly as achievable or concrete as you want to walk 2 miles per day 5 days a week. There is value in using SMART goals, that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. You can read more about SMART goals here.
  • If you continue to struggle with wellness changes, consider enlisting the help of a professional such as a coach or nutritionist.

Finally, be balanced in your efforts, celebrate successes but also honor your efforts. Shame is not productive, be honest but kind in your self assessments. Wellness is not an event, like recovery, it is a process supported by a daily commitment backed by action. My hope for you is that this February, you find that you are loving yourself at least as much as you love others. And that you’re not only a happy valentine, but a healthy one too.

Alumni Coordinator


Florida Alumni Gathering – Jan. 2023

The Group was so very grateful to have Nikki Soda, Director of Membership and State Advocacy with NAATAP welcome us with a hopeful message focused on the gifts of recovery.  We then shared updates with each other.  After some fellowship and a wonderful meal, we ended the evening with an affirmation based meditative moment of intention for 2023, led by Joi Honer, Alumni Coordinator. Much gratitude for Alumni, Steve B for your generous support of this event.

North Carolina Alumni Dinner

Looking forward to seeing you soon! *Please note, if finances are the only barrier to attendance at this event, please reach out to Joi at Joih@alinalodge.org for assistance. Shout out to Peace and Purpose for their support of this event! Register at this link, or scan the QR code on the poster!

When: 6:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Where: Market on Main
335 Main Ave. SW
Hickory, NC 28601
Cost: $22 per Person


The Phoenix Gym

Workouts for free, this gym is located in some major cities but also offers virtual classes through their app. Phoenix Recovery Gym says, “WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK! The only cost of membership is 48 hours of continuous sobriety. And a promise to treat each other with respect and understanding. So even if you’ve never run a mile or picked up a barbell, we invite you to come see what we’re all about.”



Join Us! Zoom AA

Connecting with others who have the bond of a common experience can make a difference in your day. These topic drive meetings are solution focused and designed to offer support at whatever stage of recovery you are in.

Join us at the Alina, Haley & Friends AA Meetings on ZOOM
Zoom Meeting ID: 674-291-2077
Please email joih@alinalodge.org for the password
All meetings are EST – Eastern Standard Time

Monday 12:00pm – Step Meeting
Tuesday 12:00pm – Topic/Discussion Meeting
Wednesday 12:00pm – Came to Believe / Grapevine Meeting
Thursday 12:00pm – As Bill Sees It Meeting
Friday 12:00pm – Freedom Friday!


Join the App!

You can join us by Zoom or make a 24/7 Connection by joining the app! Scan the poster (or click here) to join or email Joi Honer at joih@alinalodge.org if you experience difficulty in signing up. 

Save the Date: 2023 Gratitude Picnic

We cannot wait to see you. Join us for our biggest and best Alumni and Friend’s Picnic ever!  What? You still haven’t registered? Click here for details and to register now!

Date: June 10, 2023
Time: 12:00pm

  • A Very Special Guest Speaker
  • Live Music by ‘The Navels’
  • Children’s Tent & Clown
  • 50/50 & Prize Wheel