From the school of hard knocks to grad school

On May 3rd, 2012, I awakened to find myself staring into the eyes of a paramedic. I had experienced a near fatal overdose as the result of wanting to get high just “one last time”. Addiction had completely destroyed my life. I was homeless, unemployable, and had no hope of ever surviving. All my dreams had been destroyed, including any hopes of higher education. The following day, I woke up and made a decision to engage in the recovery process. I was “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” When I made the decision and commitment to engage in the recovery process, I did not know what to expect. I was convinced that I had destroyed my life beyond repair. I was not even 100% sure I was going


"Would you tell me, please, which way I should go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where," said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. "-so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said that Cat, "if only you walk long enough." ~Alice in Wonderland~ In our life and in our recovery, we are often faced with the challenge of "getting somewhere." Whether it be a literal or figurative destination, a physical or mental goal, we not only have to know where we need to get to, but how are we going to get there. Knowing where we want to go gives us a purpose. And

Creating balance and peace of mind

Here at the Jim Gillen Teen Center we strive to provide new and exciting experiences and opportunities for our youth. In order to achieve the diverse program that will appeal to a myriad of young people, we have taken a holistic approach to recovery. Yoga for 12 step recovery strives to “connect the dots” between the ancient practice of yoga, the practical tools of the 12 steps, and the latest practices in trauma healing. Y12SR believes that the “issues live in our tissues” and by integrating wellness of mind, body and spirit one can achieve sustained recovery. We provide very basic beginner’s yoga classes and meditation, incorporating recovery principles and discussion. It gets our member

Jim Gillen Teen Center

1280 North Main Street, Providence

Phone: (401) 632-4077 | Fax: (401) 632-4296