"Every year, I look forward to The Other Bar's annual Newport Retreat. As I ease into the humdrum of winter, it is a welcome time of fellowship and spiritual reflection. Oregon's beautiful coastline provides a breathtaking natural backdrop to the important work of shared recovery that is the retreat's primary purpose. The format is simple and time-tested: a featured speaker shares his or her experience, strength, and hope, as well as their perspective on the Twelve Steps. The days also include shared meals and ample leisure time, and are book ended by traditional AA meetings. For me, the fellowship is paramount. Every year, I meet new professionals in recovery, re-connect with acquaintances made at previous retreats, and deepen bonds with close friends. It is a weekend filled with profound honesty and deep human connection. If you're reading this, I hope to see you there."
"Menucha Retreats have been part of my recovery from the early 1990's, for me, when Ray O'K at Don M's invitation made regular pilgrimages to be with us. Ray's emphasis on the twelve steps and the way he shared his experience, strength and hope was inspirational. Legal presenters in recovery from all over the country have continued this tradition and been excellent over the years; the setting in the Columbia Gorge is superb; the home-cooked meals are usually wonderful; friends from Canada and other parts of our country have become regular participants; and the chance to socialize with others in the profession in recovery in informal conversation, hikes, music and leisure is always an extra attraction with the free time built in to the schedule. The chance to be with other attorneys in recovery that influenced me, but who I do not otherwise see regularly, is enjoyable and gives me the opportunities to help pay back the debt to those who took time to pass recovery to me and for me to do the same with others--it doesn't get much better than that!"
"People in AA, and others, will soon have the opportunity to go to one of the highlight events every year of our lives in recovery in British Columbia : a retreat at Jim and Sherry's ranch just outside of Kamloops. This is a weekend devoted to the 12 steps, and learning through the experiences of someone who can lead us on the path. A speaker will describe their journey through the 12 steps, and there will also be regular meetings, as well as opportunities to explore the farm where Jim and Sherry live, beautiful rolling hills with animals and gorgeous landscapes. There will be people who are very early in recovery, as well as some who have many years of sobriety. Overall, this gathering gives is a sense of peace and acceptance, and helps to build the strength to continue, day by day, to walk the path with gratefulness. However heavy a burden you sometimes think you have, this is a coming together of people sharing a common experience which lightens that weight, and shows the joy in sobriety which is there for us all."
About The Other Bar
The Other Bar, Oregon is an anonymous fellowship of recovered lawyers, judges and law students who operate in the form of a non-profit corporation to provide confidential assistance to members of the legal community who suffer from alcoholism and/or drug addiction.
These recovered lawyers pass on the support they received while recovering from alcoholism and/or addiction and practicing law and facing the consequences of their addiction conduct including disciplinary proceedings, SLAC monitoring and last chance employment agreements.
Many recovered lawyers have come back from seemingly hopeless situations to continue practicing law and to preserve or regain what is most important to them in their lives.
The Mission of The Other Bar is to perpetuate the unity and fellowship of recovered lawyers, judges and law students and to facilitate the sharing of 12 Step recovery through Lawyers Helping Lawyers Groups.
The Other Bar, Oregon is not affiliated with the Oregon State Bar, the PLF or the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program.
There are Lawyers Helping Lawyers groups and Lawyers Assistance Programs in most States and Provinces of Canada.
You can call 503-221-1425 to be put in contact with recovered lawyers who attend 12 Step meetings throughout Oregon, including the Portland Metropolitan Area, Salem, Albany, Eugene, Medford, Bend, The Dalles, Hood River, St. Helens, Astoria, McMinnville, and Vancouver, Washington.
The Other Bar Oregon connects with recovered lawyers from across the United States through the International Lawyers Of Alcoholics Anonymous.
See Events for listings of gatherings of and events put on by Lawyers Helping Lawyers groups in the Western United States and Canada. The Other Bar Oregon is connected with communities of recovered health care and other professionals.
Please see events for listings of gatherings and events put on by other professionals helping professionals groups in Oregon.
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If you are or if you know a lawyer, judge or law student who needs help with alcoholism and/or addiction, you or they can contact any of the members of the Board Of Directors, Advisory Board or Officers of The Other Bar, Oregon listed below. They have given up their anonymity to be of service.
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If you are or know a lawyer, judge or law student who needs help with alcoholism and/or addiction, please call us at 503-221-1425.
If you are a recovered lawyer, judge or law student and you want to connect with other recovered legal professionals or serve those who still suffer, please contact us.
We respect and preserve the anonymity of our members and those who reach out to us.
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