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Weekly Recovery Resource March 3, 2018

Getting to Know You

Meet Rise Recovery Board Member
W. Carroll Jackson
Senior Vice President – Morgan Stanley

I serve on the board of Rise Recovery because our daughter suffered with the disease of addiction. Because of Rise Recovery, she has been sober for over two and a half years and is now working on a degree in family counseling. I learned in the early stages of her addiction that this is a neurological disease that impacts fully 10% of the population and is in almost all families. Few people know where to go for help and often feel the shame of even discussing the problem. Recovery takes the entire family and Rise Recovery provides no cost services not only to the addict but their family as well. My mission is to get people to understand that this is a disease and needs to be treated as a disease and not just kids who made bad decisions. By helping kids when they first face drug or alcohol abuse issues we can help them turn their lives around and learn to be productive members of society.

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Evita Morin, Executive Director

What have you gained from recovery?
Peace, my family, forgiveness, being forgiven, vulnerability, joy

What helped you get and stay sober?
When I stopped expecting to receive perfect love from imperfect people and gave myself to God instead.

What’s your favorite song?
I would do anything for love by Meatloaf – I just realized how ironic that is

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
No advice. I would seek to just listen and develop relationships. People come back to people.

What’s one random fact about yourself?
I met Steven Seagal. My life is complete.

Love, Service, Rise Recovery

Board member, JJ Casey, shares why he serves with Rise Recovery:
 
“I serve on the Board because Rise Recovery facilitates health and joy in place of sickness and sorrow, family in place of broken homes, and hope where there may be none at all. The Greater San Antonio Area benefits immeasurably from the cost-free services and programs Rise provides to children, young adults and their families, and I am very proud to be part of an organization that has such a profound, positive impact on our community.”

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Becca Graham, Program & Development Liaison

What have you gained from recovery?
I’ve gained from getting to know those in recovery, through our staff and our clients. I understand more and more every day what it means to struggle with, survive and triumph over the chains of addiction. Our staff and clients have blessed me!

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
The same advice I would’ve given myself 10 years ago – don’t sweat the small stuff!

What’s your favorite song?
Foo Fighters “Walk”

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
Listen to the people here, they get it.

What’s one random fact about yourself?
My childhood was spent traveling all over – my Dad is a retired pro polo player.

Love, Service, Rise Recovery

Board member, Gerry Smith shares why he serves with Rise Recovery:

“I serve on the board because I feel a sense of purpose and accomplishment each and every time I witness the miracle of recovery with Rise Recovery. I am so blessed to have the privilege of serving on this Board and look forward to each coming year, knowing that in some small part I am helping in the furtherance of the Rise mission.”

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Whitney Boeckmann, Collegiate Program Coordinator

How much time do you have in recovery?
4-30-12, 5years+

What have you gained from recovery?
The Promises, the ability to navigate emotions in a healthy way, respond to others respectfully, develop relationships based on goodness, love, and light

What helped you get and stay sober?
H.P., PDAP, strong family support, willingness to change environment, taking suggestions, being honest with myself and others,

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
Breathe & Trust in God & Remember Self-Care

What’s your favorite song?
Chris Young “Losing Sleep”

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
Stay connected, get involved, get into the middle of the pack, and ask for help!

What’s one random fact about yourself?
loves poetry, painting, fishing, and softball!