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Our CEASE Retreat December 2013

We arrived at the Mt. Washington Conference Center at 10am on Friday, December 13, 2013, ready to work.  The CEASE Team consisted of Payam, Fernando, Lisa, Christine, Kaye, Yvonne, Brenda, Derek, Pam, Maria and I.  We were greeted with continental breakfast and that was the boost we needed to send us on our way.  In order to complete the curriculum for the first 6 weeks, we needed to be prepared and focused on the hard work and dedication that was required of us.

After a brief introduction and an overview of the retreat, we jumped right into our “Tool Box”, a compilation of documents, pictures, poems, exercises, websites etc. that we peer motivators will use with the curriculum to make each class more effective.  The Tool Box was constructed, organized and pulled together by Christine. We went through the Tool Box for about an hour, using it with Week One of our classes, “Welcome”.  That was when we realized how much needed to be done in this retreat!  We had to role play what each session would look like and it was not easy.  The things we had were not running smoothly so we removed some things and put other tools in to make an awesome Welcome Day!

Lisa walked us through an activity of being “Good Listeners”, which is an excellent way for the peer motivators to do our jobs. The skills we acquired, from her exercise, will make all the difference in building trusting relationships with our participants.  We were well on our way to completing Week One when we realized that it was lunch time.  So off we went to enjoy the mouth watering, fantastic smelling food that awaited us.  We had an hour break then right back to work we went.

The afternoon session was productive. We learned from the morning session that it is very time consuming for all of us to brainstorm each session, so we did a very smart thing by breaking up into teams and working on the sessions in groups, then coming together to discuss our thoughts.  That went rather well and we ended the first day of the retreat excited and feeling a little more confident that our new curriculum was going to be phenomenal.  We ended the day with homework:  go over next few sessions and add items from the Tool Box so we could jump right in the next day.

Day Two of the retreat started at 9 A.M. We began discussing the homework and how we needed the agenda for the classes to change.  We gave Christine the list of Tools to be added and she gave us corrections from the previous day.  We worked through Week Two until we realized just how many tools could be used.  After that each team of peer motivators penciled in the tools they used and we would review it later.  Time for lunch!

After lunch, we broke into groups to ensure that we got through all six weeks.  We accomplished so much and were extremely excited about what our new curriculum was turning out to be.  Once Week Six was done, we had a moment to reflect on our work.  Now we were done with our retreat and ready to start our new classes with the confidence that all of our hard work proves how much we care about what we do.  The classes are scheduled to begin the second week in January 2014, and WE ARE READY!

— Timeeka Wilkins-Addison


Nicotine Anonymous: “a safe place….helping each other to live a life free of nicotine”

helpinghandAre you thinking about quitting? Perhaps you have already started a program to quit smoking and you are seeking support?

Check out Nicotine Anonymous!

Nicotine Anonymous is a Non-Profit 12 Step Fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine- free lives. They welcome all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those enrolled in cessation programs and using nicotine withdrawal aids. The fellowship offers group support and recovery  using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine.


Where: Recovery in Community 31 N. Fulton Ave (Between W. Fayette & W. Baltimore, 20 & 51 bus routes)

When: Every Saturday at noon beginning December 7th

For more information visit: OR Call CEASE at 443-814-9145 for more info.

Legal age of tobacco raised to 21 in the big apple

New York is the first major city in the United States to raise the legal age to purchase and use tobacco to 21 years old. As of late, the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg has cracked down on issues surrounding tobacco. In addition to raising the legal age, Bloomberg and the New York City Council passed measures setting the minimum price for cigarettes at $10.50 a pack. Although the new changes have caused controversy, officials and health professionals understand that a change in the law paired with effective educational and interventional programs can make a huge difference. What is the big deal you may ask?  The negative health effects of tobacco use have been known for years. Lung Cancer, COPD, heart disease… The list goes on and on. And now politicians all over our country are finally addressing the harmful effects of tobacco by taking action to prolong active and healthy lives. Whether you are young or old, it is never too late to start good habits or kick a bad habit.

CEASE has successfully helped many Baltimore residents to quit or significantly reduce their cigarette use. We provide the support and practical tools you or your loved one may need to kick the harmful smoking habit.

New classes start in January! Reserve your space by calling 443-814-9145 or click on this link for more information:


We want to know what you think!  Please answer our poll question( on the right hand side) about the legal age for tobacco. One lucky winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to Cafe Jovial.

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