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What is SCRWSC? This is a group for women in recovery that are looking for fun, alcohol/substance free activities. This is an idea I have that is modeled after the San Diego Recovering Women’s Social Club. I was watching a podcast on This Naked Mind https://thisnakedmind.com/
and was inspired by a woman named Danielle who runs a blog and sober site called My Morning Soda.
https://thisnakedmind.com/

This group will be for women of all ages; single women, mothers, grandmothers, single moms, happily married, happily divorced, students, unemployed, visitors, women of any gender identification or orientation.
Activities will possibly include meetups for; brunch, walking, hiking, dancing, concerts, crafting, paint nights. It will depend on availability of location for things like crafting. Perhaps crafting could be done at a local park. How about a beach bonfire where will can burn negative thoughts? Full moon walks?? Ideally, I would like to see how many people are interested and then work to have a first event where we can toss around ideas.

Here is some information from the San Diego Recovering Women’s Social Club that I find to be very useful:

Do I have to be in recovery to join? Nope! You can be in recovery from alcohol, substance use, trauma, eating disorders, toxic productivity/workaholism. I just named it as such to attract the majority of women who end up being participants, but the ultimate group understanding is that all women are "just sober for today/this event."

Does it cost anything? Absolutely not. No monthly or yearly dues like you may find with other meetup groups. I cover all meetup-associated fees - you simply pay your own way at the individual events, i.e. your restaurant tab, tickets etc.

Is it anonymous? The membership roster is completely hidden except to other members. I always ask before taking photos and if its OK to post them in meetup-related content. Other than that, there isn't really a group contract that it is an anonymous event. If you do not wish to be in photos, simply let me know when I am taking it (or message me ahead of time) and it won't be a problem at all.

What kind of events do you hold? Our monthly Mimosa-Free brunch series is definitely the most popular and in demand. We have also held meetups for SUP yoga, Paint Nites, hikes, Happy(er) Hour and a Comedy Night. Many events are not organized directly by me (i.e. yoga classes, comedy shows, Paint Nite), but rather we plan to "meetup" at them and take the place by storm as a sober sister herd! For this reason, many events are co-ed and/or alcohol may be present somewhere in the venue, but we all have a mutual understanding that we will not be drinking or under the influence while at the event.

What can I expect from an event? Um, pure awesomeness and connection like you have never experienced before and a feeling a little like your heart might explode right out of your chest with love for all these bad ass women! Having a little social anxiety? So do I! Sooo many women have told me they were terrified to take the plunge and show up to meet a group of strangers (especially completely sober!), but are so, so happy that they did afterward. Expect to leave feeling a sense of inspiration. Expect the massive sigh of relief that only comes from finding your herd. Expect to find your new potential BFF.

What can I NOT expect from an event? This is not a sharing circle, AA or based on a therapeutic framework in anyway. The events are meant to be fun, lighthearted and cultivate a sense of recreational normalcy in an otherwise booze-soaked world. If you are having a crisis or are on the verge of relapse, this may not be the best setting for you. Please call your sponsor, find a meeting:
AA: http://aasantacruz.org/meeting-schedule.aspx
SMART Recovery: https://www.smartrecoverysd.org/meetings/
Refuge Recovery: https://refugerecovery.org/meetings?tsml-day=any&tsml-distance=25&tsml-mode=me

Are men or children allowed to attend events? For the comfort and to respect the expectations of all participants, please leave men and children at home to watch over each other. Of course, if you, like, never get out of the house and the only way is to bring your kids - just shoot me a message first and I will let you know if it's a kid-friendly event!

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