SAY NO MORE: RECOVERY SPEAKS 
FOR ITSELF

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Stephanie l. Newman

 Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110

405-922-0981  ▪ 

 [email protected]   ▪ 

  www.saynomo.webs.com



 

Objectives

To obtain a behavioral health case management position where I can provide quality service to consumers. To obtain a recovery support position where I can help consumers facilitate personal change and build recovery capital.


Experience


Group facilitator


 ▪ March 2014 – Presently employed

Oklahoma County Community Sentencing Program ▪ 217 N. Harvey, Ste. 306, OKC, OK 73102

To facilitate discussion and activities corresponding with the curriculum of Interactive Change Journaling. Create innovative record keeping strategies. Provide participants with completion certificates. 


Program Manager

(Sister to Sister & OCARTA CARES program)▪ July 2011 – January 2014

Oklahoma C.A.R.T. Association (OCARTA) ▪ 2808 NW 31st. St. OKC, OK 73112

Coordinate staff meetings; arrange group schedules for individuals receiving Services, use of Microsoft office software, use of government performance and Results act website. Build and maintain files according to federal guidelines.


Intake Coordinator

 (Sister to Sister & OCARTA CARES program)▪ May 2008 – July 2011

Oklahoma C.A.R.T Association (OCARTA) ▪ 2808 NW 31st. St. OKC, OK 73112

Provide Recovery Support Services to consumers. Create program intake procedures and implement them.  Create consumer tracking procedures for grant compliance reporting.


Skills


A working knowledge of the 12-steps. Extensive knowledge of community resources. Microsoft Office proficient. Alpha-Numeric filing knowledge. Funding Opportunities search knowledge. Ethical. Motivational Interviewing. Cognitive behavioral therapy knowledge.


Education


Mid America Christian University

January 2017  ▪Projected Graduation Date  Substance Abuse Counseling.   3.2 grade point average


Certifications


Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist # 129191 Feb. 2015- Dec. 2015

Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager Level CM 1 # 305249


References


Carla Woodfork                  Friend                 Contact for Number

Bruce McGill                       Mentor                Contact for Number 

Charlene Palmer                Friend                 Contact for Number


Now here it is 8 years later and I am still in recovery.  Not without issues and concerns, just without the desire to drink or use drugs.  The things that I made excuses about now I make responsible decisions about.  The people I thought I could not live without are today, the people that I pray about.  The gossip that I created and perpetrated, is now the repentance that I fall on my knees about.  The cards that life handed me then are the same cards as today, just without my ego attached to them.  The arrogance and conceitedness that I used to belittle others, is now the humble pie that I swallow.  The cuss words that the demon in me spewed then, is now the rebuke of the very same spirit of itself. 

I got behind my own self 8 years ago, and let a power greater than myself lead my down the path of righteousness for the good Lord's sake.

8 years clean and sober.  December 29, 2014

8 years ago today, I found myself in a situation that was complicated to escape. I was dusted and disgusted with myself and life in general. My heart was heavy, but my drive was strong.
I was not raised like that.
I come a legacy of hard-working, determined Black women.
I had not seen my 3 babies in about a year.
I was the talk of the hood, cause I played a role very well.
I DID NOT HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AT ALL.
I was spiritually and morally bankrupt.
I was angry and believed that I deserved to die a horrible death.
I slept and ate with killers and silly women.
The police officer that charged me with possession with intent had been watching me for months (he thought I was a twelve year old).
I had created about 100 soul ties
The last man I lived with was trigger happy and hated his mother ( he is still on the Oklahoma's most wanted list).
December 29, 2006, I left the shartel motel and stretched out in a facility for people that have trouble dealing with life without the use of controlled dangerous substances (including alcohol).
I surrendered my will to the care of GOD as I understood him.
I cried and screamed and wrestled with about 12 principalities.
I was counseled by a woman who saw something in me that I did not see (RIP Shirley Yancey).

I want to sincerely thank everyone for their Birthday wishes. This year has been hard, filled with emotional baggage that was not even all of mine. I was fired unscrupulously from a job that turned out to be the work of God in my life. He did for me what i could not do for myself. I celebrated 7 years clean and sober. I kind of fell off of my prayer life. I grew closer to my mommy. My kids got taller and stronger in the Lord. I felt like I wanted to leave my church. BUT I REMEMBERED WHERE I CAME FROM. THE HOSPITAL BEDS AND THE DRUG CHASING, THE PSYCHIATRIC WARDS AND COURTROOMS, AND HEARING VOICES THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN REAL. MY ENEMY ACCUSES ME EVERYDAY AND I CALL ON MY SAVIOR.
I WAS NOT MEANT TO LIVE THIS LONG, I GOT SHOT IN THE BACK IN 1997, I SPENT A TOTAL OF 45 DAYS TOTAL IN THE HOSPITAL IN 2012. ‪#‎INMYCELIEVOICE‬ BUT I AM HERE, DEAR GOD I AM HERE.
THANKS FOR LETTING ME SHARE.
Oklahoma has the highest rate in the nation for female incarceration. (2,326 as of 02/06)

•45% are incarcerated for crimes directly related to drugs and/or alcohol.

•1,200 women are released each year.

•30% return to Oklahoma County.

•81% report having at least one child.


Insufficient treatment beds for women who have children.

•Lack of quality/ affordable childcare.

•Lack of transportation.

  • Double workload/ multiple responsibilities

7 years clean and sober 
These three are my reasons for staying in recovery. 

•Poverty/less disposable income.

•Sexual abuse/domestic violence.

•Loss of child custody or separation.

  • Harsh social stigma of being a “bad mom

Stephanie's College Journey 


American Literature

Week One

Stephanie Newman

Mrs. Carla M. Swagerty, M.Ed.

Abstract

Poetry is a form of communication. When a person tries to paint a verbal picture, poetry is a great tool. In my essay, I will describe some of the landscapes of Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” I will explain how the ferry has an important role and how the description of the scenery plays into the verbal picture.

Walt Whitman wrote a piece of literature that was first published as “Sun-Down Poem” in 1856. The name changed finally to “Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry” in 1860. A ferry is a type of boat that can carry a great amount of cargo a preferably short distance. This is a necessary and regular service for people who inhabit an island to use to reach the mainland. If you ever have a chance to ride on a ferry, you will be a part of the cargo. I can imagine that Mr. Whitman would have described a plane ride differently than he described a ferry ride he took as a young lad.

The ferry in this poem was the vehicle that helped this young boy to be free and liberated to be himself. He may have had an inclination to explore that boat because he talks about seeing the flood-tide face to face. He may have been looking over that rail to see the “similitudes of the past and those of the future.” (Whitman, 1856) the author described the feeling of curiosity being satisfied by observing that if one looked from all sides and over all the rails of the ferry, you could see all sides of the mainland. The reader could very well believe that the passengers of the ferry are leaving their worries and cares behind while being “refreshed by the gladness of the river and the bright flow.” Whitman, 1856) the bright flow of the river tells me that the author wants me to visualize the light that the ferry is giving off as a reflection onto the surface of the water. Whitman dwells on the ferry itself because when a person wants to reach a certain destination that they could not use just their feet to reach, so a vehicle is order. Vehicles that cross water are very important to modern society because it blurs all boundaries of exploration. Whitman uses the ferry as a landscape and the river as a landscape to paint this verbal picture.

The brief description of the mainland lets that reader know that to the author the destination is more significant. The author gives many references also to the physical make- up of the ferry like its “slender serpentine pennants.” (Whitman, 1856) These masts were majestic against the backdrop of “The flags of all nations.” Nature complimented the verbal picture and gave it more credibility in light of the fact that there was “haze on the hills southward and south west-ward.” (Whitman 1856) The role designated to nature in this poem is one of correlation. The author referenced the darkness more than the sun. The spots of darkness led the author to invent himself into a part of the “assembly,” (Whitman, 1856.) The appearance of the ferry and the passengers was emphasized by the author. Fortunately this ferry did not crash and cause injuries and loss of life, and it was most stately and admirable for the service it performed multiple times a day. The ferry carted many people who maybe had the same outlook as the author, but the author persevered over the evil nature of the person using the vehicle.

The role of nature was to “stand up!”(Whitman, 1856) Stand up and be noticed. Stand up and expand. Just like the masts of the story. The clouds at sunset turned colors and reflected a promise from a higher power. The scenery of the poem gives the reader a glimpse into the whole concept of a boat with a mind of its own. This was a boat that gives off therapeutic aromas to help the nervous passenger cross with little discomfort. Even though the crossing from Brooklyn may be short in time, it was obviously was not too little time for a young man to find a meaning and purpose in the crossing of the Brooklyn ferry. If a person had misgivings about using this form of transportation, there would be clear boundaries set for the passengers. Boundaries not just of masts and engine pipes but boundaries of human sensibilities such as “guile, anger, lust, refusals and postponements-none of these would you cross if you give yourself up to the “gorgeous clouds of the sunset.” (Whitman, 1856)

References

Baym, Nina, and Robert Levine. "The Yellow Wall-Paper ." The Norton anthology of American literature. 8th ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2012. 793. Print.


this is what we look like when we recover

sister kalipso a.k.a stephanie newman

  Do you have poor self-image?  Since you have been in recovery, do you like to look at yourself in the mirror?  What about a full-length mirror?  All of my adult life i had been a cute size 6 to size 12 (fluctuations due to pregnancies and using marijuana on a daily basis.  When I came into recovery, I had already gained a whopping extra 80 pounds due to some health issues while in the oklahoma County jail.  Enterring treatment for my dual-diagnosis, i packed on another 30 pounds which is the weight I still carry.  Even though I am bigger, I have been able to keep my stylish fashion sense (seen at left) and being a bigger women has allowed me to love myself-- I don't want to look like the "old" Stephanie, My self-image today is very good and I am careful to say my positive affirmations everyday to keep my self-esteem up!! Love yourself
You are a beautiful person because the gal in the mirror says so!

CHRISTIAN MATURITY SEPT 3 2012 BY SISTER KALIPSO

 

Monday September 3, 2012

Christian Maturity

Hebrews 5:11-14

Stephanie Newman, RSS, P.P.W.C.  Church Administrator

 

               Do you remember when you became spiritually mature? What age were you?  In what stage in your life were you, or are you presently mature?  If put on a scale from 1 to 10, how would you rate your level of spiritual maturity?

               The book of Hebrews has been called “The Fifth Gospel”.  We can safely consider the Gospels as instructions and callings on our spiritual journeys.  The very word ‘better’ was used 13 times in this epistle.  In order to grow we must think better and get better handle on our emotions and feelings in order to behave better as Christians that need not be ashamed and are no longer nursing on the milk of the Holy word but chewing on the meat of the Gospels.    Lets’ focus on those Saints that have been attending church services for countless years,  Verse 12 tells us that by this time we as servants should teaching others and yet some of you may still be stuck on the basics of the Holy word. Look at the word basic, this means fundamentals we should have learned early on in our journey, such as Exodus 20:1-17. Clearly, we need JESUS to walk with us, clearly if we are still on milk, it may well be by choice.  Infants live on milk and have to be taught and trained to do what is right. But with a Bible-based preaching and teaching atmosphere, then we can and shall mature to the meat, if we adhere to what is right in GOD’s sight.  The very application GOD and it will not cause any harm to we who partake and put into action.  The more we do what is right, the more we mature, the more we meditate on GOD’s word, the more Christ –like behavior becomes second nature to us. 

Spiritual and emotional maturity go hand in hand, when we practice principles of honesty and willingness, then our feelings of gratitude erase our egos and our Edging, God, Out. In accordance to your faith, spiritual maturity will give you freedom from self-centeredness and victory on the battlefield of your mind.

               Is time a good indicator of Christian Maturity?  Not when you consider the time it took for JESUS to display his mission from his Father as the Son of God and the Son of Man.  As believers, we should only let time be a goal setting tool, not necessarily an indication of maturity.  For some believers, time is a great source of fear.  Time can be the very source of fear that keeps us stagnate in our journey.  One of the excuses we use to refuse to grow.  When we put too great an emphasis on time, then we negate the very concept of what JESUS told us in Matthew 24:36.  We cannot allow our misguided understanding of time gauge our spiritual growth.   Rather, grow spiritually and know that God’s time is not our time. II Timothy 4:2 tells us to be prepared no matter the time. 

               Your prayer life is a very good development tool of spiritual maturity.  Wise believers value prayer as much as they value GOD’s word.  They know that prayer will change, anoint, heal and set free any Christian in bondage.  When we are on the milk of the word we are bond by our past and the wreckage of it.  Yet with the meat comes the message in our mess.  Believers who value prayer than they value food are dying to their flesh and will experience the Joy of the Lord.  The truths that you learn about yourself, will mature your spirit. 

               I Timothy 4:14-16, this is where, when mature and on the meat, we walk out talk on all matters of importance.  We do not dignify ignorance with response and we acknowledge that chance favors the prepared mind. 

Continue to pray and study Saints making good choices will graduate you from milk to meat.

Every Blessing Upon You,

 

FAKE FRIENDS

DO YOU HAVE SOMEONE IN YOUR LIFE WHO IS FAKE?  TAKE A LOOK AT THIS DESCRIPTION OF THOSE YOU MAY CALL FRIENDS.

FAKE FRIENDS - Never ask for food...

FAKE FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr / Mrs!!!


FAKE FRIENDS - Never seen you cry!!!


FAKE FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back


FAKE FRIENDS - Know a few things about you...

FAKE FRIENDS - Would knock on your front door...


REAL FRIENDS - Walk right in and say "I'm home"


FAKE FRIENDS - Will help you up when you fall over...


FAKE FRIENDS - Are around for awhile...!!!


FAKE FRIENDS: say "love ya" in a joking manner!!!

FAKE FRIENDS: Will read this!!!
 

  REAL FRIENDS - Are the reason you have NO food!!!

REAL FRIENDS: Call your parents DAD/MOM!!!


REAL FRIENDS - Cry with you!!!

REAL FRIENDS: keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours

REAL FRIENDS - Could write a book about you

REAL FRIENDS - Will jump on top of you and shout "sandwich"!!!

REAL FRIENDS - Are for life!!!!


REAL FRIENDS: say "I love you" and they mean it!!!


REAL FRIENDS : WILL STEAL THIS!!!

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