Recovery International Merges With The Abraham Low Institute

Recovery International, a mental health support group program active in Lakewood for over 45 years, has announced their merger with a sister organization, The Abraham Low Institute, effective January 1, 2008.

The new organization is headquartered in Chicago and is provisionally named Recovery International/The Abraham Low Institute (RI/TALI). It continues to offer mental health training programs based on the cognitive/behavioral tools and techniques developed by founder, Abraham Low, M.D., during the 1930's and 1940's.

Recovery International currently holds some 600 weekly mental health support group meetings throughout North America, Ireland, the UK, Israel and India. There are 29 meetings in northeast Ohio including the Lakewood meeting which is held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 14502 Detroit Avenue. Anyone over 18 is welcome to attend and there is no formal fee although a voluntary donation is requested. Participants learn coping tools and life skills to help them deal with temperamental behaviors, nervous symptoms and fears.

The Abraham Low Institute has developed the "Power to Change" program which uses Dr. Low's tools and techniques to help students in grades 6 through 12 to manage anger and to increase self-control and self-respect. Since its introduction in select Chicago public schools in 2005, more than 700 students have benefited from the program. The merger will enable RI/TALI to expand the program to targeted populations such as college students, veterans and youth and adults in the criminal justice system.

Further information about the programs can be found at www.neorecovery.org, www.recovery-inc.org or by calling (216) 267-1674.

Fred Weller

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