Through our outreach events, Unicorns & Polka Dots is rewriting the narrative about substance use disorder (SUD). Our outreach programs and events help educate and empower individuals in recovery to live their best lives. Read what people have to say after participating in our events.
Ladies in early recovery from Briermost and Woodrow recovery housing attended a six-week beginners Self-Defense class. There was some initial hesitation from some of the residents because their physical health has not been a priority during their active addiction. After the first class, all residents responded with excitement. They shared the instructors were kind, helpful, and encouraging.
By the end of the six-week program, residents shared they felt an increase in muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. All residents shared they felt the work-out provided a great amount of stress relief. The self-defense class helps to build confidence and supports residents feeling better about themselves. One resident commented, “I never would have thought I could learn to protect myself and feel good about myself while doing it.”
The class taught residents to be aware of their surroundings and how to properly protect themselves. Practicing mindfulness is a basic recovery practice that can be difficult to learn. Through this class residents were exposed to a different way to approach mindfulness.
The experience for all residents was positive and engaging. Residents increased their knowledge in how to defend themselves, discipline, and confidence from learning and executing new skills. As an organization, we are very happy with how the instructors supported our residents. We are excited for our residents to engage in future opportunities and are grateful to Unicorns & Polka Dots support!