C.H.A.R.T. A Course To Wellness
Cannabis Harm-reduction And Recovery Training
Confidential mindfulness-based support group.
CHART INTENTION: I am on a journey to learn as much as I can and to heal the wounds and traumas I've encountered and inflicted. This path empowers me to become the most authentic best person I can be. With truth and love, I embrace the challenges of overcoming addiction, avoiding relapse, and growing my recovery, through mindful listening to myself and others. I am on a journey back to me.
Membership: The only requirement for CHART membership is the desire to recover.
Unity: The well-being of all depends on our commitment to CHART Principles over personality.
Community: Addiction grows in isolation. Therefore, CHART members old and new are encouraged to engage in the recovery community.
Financial: CHART is self-supporting, declining outside contributions. Members donate to support the group.
Religious: CHART does not ascribe to any one religion, theology, or lack thereof and respects members’ personal views and experiences of such.
Humanist: CHART espouses a humanistic mindfulness-based approach to recovery that respects science, information, what is true to our five senses and is inclusive of all.
Scientific: CHART encourages the scientific study of addiction in all its aspects. CHART does not limit its approach to addiction to any one area of knowledge or theory of addiction.
Affirmative: CHART group is a solution-focused method that looks for health and recovery and builds on it. As such, “war stories” and “drunken escapade” tales are discouraged. The sharing of recovery difficulties and struggles is, of course, welcomed as a way of addressing issues and building recovery strength.
Anonymity: CHART maintains individual anonymity as well as group anonymity: what is said and done, and who is and is not seen and heard at any CHART meeting is confidential. CHART has no involvement in outside issues, so is never drawn into public commentary, controversy, or debate.
Governance: CHART Group is self-governing and democratic. Meeting facilitators are not leaders, but trusted peers who are familiar with CHART Group principles and meeting facilitation.
Inclusivity: CHART supports and encourages members to deepen their recovery by seeking additional recovery resources outside of CHART Group, including personal coaching, holistic wellness options, 12 Step meetings, drug counseling and any other treatment modality that seems appropriate or resonates with each member.
Cannabis - We recognize the cannabis plant as a medicinal supplement and essential nutrient that specifically and uniquely benefits the body endocannabinoid system (ECS.) As such, the responsible use of cannabis is not a barrier to or threat to sobriety.
Harm-reduction - The substitution of a safer substance for one that is more dangerous. The substitution of natural medicines, supplements, and diet for harmful and addicting drugs not only eases withdrawal symptoms, which erases the pain and fear of detox, but synergistically heals and protects the body, mind & spirit along the path to recovery.
Recovery Training - Recovery is a life-long journey that brings peace, challenge, meaning, and self-actualization to individuals. We think of the CHART Program as “training” rather than “treatment” because recovery is achieved and maintained by the consistent, mindful practice of the self-directed individual who chooses it. Throughout recovery, people are continuously learning, reflecting, practicing, and sharing information and experiences.
CHART espouses a heart-centered, mindfulness-based harm-reduction approach to recovery.
CHART 12 Steps:
1. We admitted we were powerless over addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe and to accept that we needed strengths beyond our awareness and resources to restore us to balance.
3. Made a decision to entrust our wills and our lives to the care of the collective wisdom and resources of those who have searched before us.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to ourselves, without reservation, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. We are ready to accept help in letting go of our ego imbalances.
7. With humility and openness sought to eliminate our inauthenticity.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would cause further harm.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through mindfulness to improve our awareness and our understanding of living in recovery and to discover the power of gratitude to protect and nurture our recovery.
12. Having had an awakening as a result of these steps, we carried this message to others in need, to “pay it forward” and to honor these principles in our lives.
CHART Meetings in Portland:
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328 Blackstrap Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
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Enhancing Recovery Through Mindfulness:
Those who participate in the mindfulness-based program exhibit significantly lower rates of post-intervention substance use and cravings, compared to those who receive conventional treatment. Those who learn mindfulness excel in acceptance and acting with awareness.
Empowerment comes from action, consequences come from reaction.
“It does not do to leave a live dragon
out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
CHART Group Guidelines:
I agree to observe the following guidelines and acknowledge the disclaimer:
Open Membership: All who sincerely seek abstinence from their addictions are welcome.
Confidential: Maintain confidentiality at all times, what you hear and who you see in this group remains in our fellowship and trust.
Respectful: Give each speaker your full attention, practicing mindful listening with an open
Acceptance: The group accepts members just as they are and avoids making judgments.
Focus: The group stays on topic and we discuss only things related to our recovery, recent experiences, struggles, strengths, and discoveries.
Sharing: Members are not required to share to be a part of the group; focus on the person sharing and do not offer unsolicited advice. Please respect a 5 minute limit on sharing to hold space for others, and no cross-talk, please.
We are not here to advise, soothe, or solve other people’s problems. We can share what we have done to change our own behavior, but not what we think someone else should do.
Questions/Answers: Members have the right to ask questions and the right to decline to answer questions.
Lapses: If you’ve lapsed or slipped in your addiction in the past 24 hours, we invite you to listen, but not share. You can let the Facilitator know if you need an update session after the meeting.
Disclaimer: CHART is a volunteer support group sharing practical information. This is not a professional or medical organization. The information provided in this group is for informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional care.