November 15, 2019

Please join us for and evening of recovery, fellowship, and gratitude. The annual FSAA Thanksgiving Dinner will take place at John Muir Behavioral Health facility on Port Chicago Highway on Saturday, November 23 from 6 PM to 9 PM.

   

Help us with the deliciousness! This is a potluck so bring a pre-carved turkey or a ham, your favorite Thanksgiving side dish, or dessert. We'll provide the rolls, butter, and drinks. We need attendees to bring stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes/yams, casseroles, veggies, salad, pumpkin pie, or any other side dishes or desserts. Please bring all food ready to eat and turkeys and ham already carved. Check out what others are bringing and let us know what you're bringing by visiting the potluck signup form and list.

   

This event will feature both a gift card and a 50/50 raffle. You can help us raise some dough by donating a gift card for your favorite establishment or service. Just bring the gift card to the dinner but let us know w...

November 2, 2019

KeepCare is a new experimental, peer-led process group sponsored by the Fresh Start Alumni Association.

   

KeepCare is a continuing aftercare program for addicts and alcoholics with longer-term sobriety and clean time. Alcohol and drug rehabilitation center aftercare programs are typically for patients in their first year of sustained recovery. KeepCare has no limit on length in recovery.

    

While 12-step programs provide support for addicts and alcoholics in perpetuity, the format of their meetings tend to discourage open conversations, or "crosstalk", and the general solicitation and offering of advice. This is by design and not a flaw of 12-step programs. KeepCare is not intended to be an alternative to 12-step programs, but instead a supplemental group.

    

We believe that many addicts and alcoholics with more than a year in recovery may benefit from an aftercare-like process group. Life may get better in recovery but it will never be easy. There will always...

October 22, 2019


Put on your costume and come join us for our annual FSAA Halloween Party! The event will include a costume contest for both children and adults, bingo, and a Día de los Muertos inspired potluck featuring tacos and enchiladas!

The event is Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 PM to 9 PM at John Muir Center for Recovery at 4080 Port Chicago Hwy. in Concord. Tickets will be $10 at the door and will include bingo cards.

Please help by bringing your favorite Mexican dish or any dessert.

August 11, 2019

Come join us for the 2019 Annual FSAA Summer Picnic & BBQ! The picnic is always a ton of fun and this year will be no different. The free event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 11am to 3pm at Rodgers-Smith Park located at 738 Grayson Road in Pleasant Hill.

   

  

There will be the usual potluck and barbecue with loads of summery food. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and beverages will be provided but the real deliciousness will be brought by all you budding gourmets. Help us out and bring your favorite salad, side dish, or desert. To see what others are bringing, and to volunteer to bring something, please visit our picnic signup page and get our tummies rumbling by letting us know what you'll be bringing.

  

In addition to games and music, this year's picnic will feature the 3rd CFR Staff and FSAA Member Softball Game. This year we're going to mix it up a bit. The last 2 years have been staff vs. members but this year will be mixed teams. The FSAA members are tired of letting...

July 10, 2019

Come join your CFR family at the monthly alumni meeting held at the John Muir Health facility on Port Chicago Highway on the third Tuesday of every month from 7:30-8:30pm. This month's meeting is July 16 at 7:30pm. Join us for fellowship, birthday chips and cake!

  

It's election time! This month's meeting will feature the annual election of new members of the Fresh Start Alumni Association board. We hope you can come nominate and vote for your fellow FSAA alumni members. We are voting on the following elected positions:

  • President

  • Vice-President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  

In addition to the elected positions, the Fresh Start Alumni Association still needs new volunteers for several important positions. It's a great way to give back to CFR and be of service to your fellow alumni. And, it's fun! Come to this month's alumni meeting or reply to this email to volunteer. And, if you know someone that might be a good fit (ahem, sponsors), please let them know....