Sunday Open Speaker Brunch – Donna S.

Sunday October 28, 2018 – Sunday Open Speaker Brunch

Doors Open @ Noon – Speaker @ 12:50 pm

Speaker Donna S. from South Elgin, Illinois will share her experience, strength and hope with us!

$3 Members / $5 Non-Members / Kids ARE ALWAYS Free! 

Elgin Alano Club – 73 S. Riverside Dr., Elgin, IL

Bring a Dish to Pass and get in for FREE!

Soul Kitchen Retreat – Fall 2018

THE SOUL KITCHEN – September 28 – 30, 2018
A Spiritual Retreat for Men and Women in Recovery

Theme: Who’s your Tribe?

In recovery, and life in general, we will inevitably become a member of various communities… Some by choice, some by birth, some by consequence. At the next Soul Kitchen, we’re going to take a look at these groups—or fellowships—and ask the question: Who is my TRIBE? In our typical, unfiltered Soul Kitchen fashion, we will be digging for truth as we look at who we are in the context of the tribe.

Facilitated by:  Ben C., Joe N., Susan L.

Retreat Cost: $140 (Deposit of $40 required)

Includes: Lodging, Meals* and Programs – Our retreats are co-ed (separate living quarters); limited scholarships may be available**

Schedule:  Friday night dinner (optional) at 6:00 pm; first session at 7:30 pm. Last session complete by 12:30 Sunday.

* Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions.

** A modest retreat fund is available for partial scholarships. If money is an issue, please let us know ASAP so you can experience a powerful weekend!.


  • Ryan K | 331.222.2517 |
  • Jessica Z. | 312.771.9008 |
  • Mae Y. | 630.202.5243 |

Soul Kitchen Retreat – Spring 2018

THE SOUL KITCHEN – April 13 – 15, 2018
A Spiritual Retreat for Men and Women in Recovery

We need to get rid of pain and anger before we can bring in love. Our literature tells us that we need to be free of anger if we are to grow spiritually and stay sober. Free of anger…no more resentments…is that you? Knowing the danger in resentment, surely, we can’t be harboring anything, can we? Well…experience has shown us that while our minds may not be inundated with bitterness or hurt feelings, we may only be aware of the tip of the iceberg. Some of us know full well that we have issues here, and that they need to be addressed. Others believe they’ve left anger in the past. Sometimes, we find big, nasty resentments festering under the surface…hidden sources of spiritual pain and struggle. So we’re going to shine a light on them, and do our best to dig them out, root and branch. Join us for what will surely be a powerful weekend!

Retreat Cost: $140 (Deposit of $40 required)
Includes: Lodging, Meals and Programs – Our retreats are co-ed (separate living quarters); limited scholarships may be available*
Schedule: Friday night dinner (optional) at 6:00 pm; first session at 7:30 pm. Last session complete by 12:30 Sunday
Committee: Ben C., Joe N., Mae Y. Ryan K., Susan L.
* A modest retreat fund is available for partial scholarships. If money is an issue, please let Ryan or Mae know ASAP so you can experience Freedom from Anger.

Villa Desiderata
Spiritual Retreat Center
3015 N. Bayview Lane
McHenry, IL 60051

New Year’s Resolutions: Making and Keeping Your Sobriety Goals

For people who are struggling with an addiction, the end of the year is a difficult time. There are potentially more temptations and triggers during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s than any other time of the year. Now that the indulgent holidays are wrapping up, people nationwide can focus on bettering themselves for 2018.

Approximately 40 percent of Americans make resolutions, viewing the new year as a fresh start.

Setting goals for the coming year can provide inspiration and encouragement for lifestyle improvements.

Although millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, more than half (60 percent) fail to actually keep them, according to research out of the University of Scranton. This failure rate may be due to unrealistic expectations, lack of discipline or a loss of motivation, among other things. If rehab is a potential New Year’s resolution for you, don’t let fear of the unknown or a lack of motivation hold you back. Many people make a goal to master ‘something’ in the new year, why not put yourself first and make Sobriety worth mastering!

By overcoming your addiction, you can make 2018 the best year yet. Through sobriety, this year you can:

  • Spend money on your future. That might mean investing in treatment, detox and/or therapy support. It might just mean taking the money that you would have spent on drugs or alcohol and putting it toward a better version of you.
  • Make decisions you are proud of. Promise yourself the mistakes of 2017 will stay in the past. Forgive yourself for mistakes you’ve made and start living a life of integrity and honor. It’s never too late to start making better choices.
  • Face your demons. Whether it’s past trauma, depression, financial struggles or insecurity, everybody has something that plagues them. Instead of self-medicating, let 2018 be the year you get to know yourself well enough to know your demons—and then share your feelings with a trusted friend, family member or therapist.
  • Invest in your relationships. Friends and family can make the transition to sobriety easier by providing care and support. When you are sober, you can give the people in your life the time and attention they deserve. Maintaining relationships can be difficult, but the payoff is well worth it.
  • Find clarity and meaning. Without drugs or alcohol muddying your outlook, you can focus on the things in life that are important to you. Whether it’s taking up a hobby, learning a language or exploring your faith, there are so many things that can give your life fun and meaning. Make it a point this year to live intentionally.

For the best success in making New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to set specific, attainable goals. You can set up a schedule for the things you want to accomplish, and take it pieces at a time. Sobriety, success and happiness aren’t achieved overnight. Allow yourself breathing room, forgiveness and opportunities for change. Take that first step for YOU in 2018, make a call to a professional for help or attend a local 12-step meeting such as AA or NA to learn about living a program of sobriety from others Experience, Strength and Hope.

1st Annual Gratitude Dinner & Open Speaker Meeting

We will be celebrating the miracles of recovery at our 1st Annual 

Gratitude Dinner

All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti at the Elgin Alano Club

  on Saturday November 11th | Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

Think about this – how do YOU cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude for:

  Yourself? Your family? Your recovery? Your fellowship? Your community?

Join us for an Open Speaker Meeting featuring a panel of Veterans in Recovery at 6:30 PM featuring:

   Rachel S. US Army Res.  |  Ken W.  US Army Ret.  |  Bryan T.  US Marine Corps

Bring a Dish or Dessert to Pass!

  Door Prize Give-A-Way!  |  No Admission Required  |  50/50 Raffle Drawing!                                            

“An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to  

  try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.” 12 & 12 – Step 10, pg. 95