Rise Recovery’s Blog

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Josh Green, YRCC Coordinator

How much time do you have in recovery?
Almost four years

What have you gained from recovery?
Recovery has helped my family gain, happiness, stability, and hope for the future.

What helped you get and stay sober?
A 12 step program, other recovered people, sober living, and the recovery community.

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
Stop procrastinating.

What’s your favorite song?
Maggot Brain by Funkadelic

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
Stop disqualifying yourself. Listen to the similarities and not the differences. There is something here for everyone.

What’s one random fact about yourself?
I have a tattoo of Nigel Williams face on my back…and he doesn’t even know.

Why can’t they just get sober?

Why recovery is not a one-stop shop.

Most people wish themselves or their loved ones would just wake up, realize they have a problem, and never pick up a drink or drug again. Unfournatly, recovery is more complicated than that. There are five stages to reach a point where recovery is just being maintained.

Here are the five stages: 

Precontemplative Stage

In this stage, people don’t realize there is a problem with their drinking or using. You are the crazy one for even thinking there might be a problem. In this phase, all you can do is harm reduction, motivational interviewing and brief interventions. Our staff is trained to help you or a loved one start to play with the idea that there might be a problem.

Contemplative Stage

At this point, you or a loved one starts to realize there are consequences of their using and drinking and begin to think of it as a problem. While they see their using and drinking as a problem, they are unsure if they really need to stop. Harm reduction and brief interventions are still used, but motivational interviewing can start to be more effective.

Preparation Stage

You made it! At this stage, people are willing to make a change. Our staff will help gather resources such as finding treatment, therapists or psychologist for you or a loved one. Rise Recovery offers support group meetings to explore topics related to recovery, social activities to learn you can have sober fun, and day centers that offer a safe place to hang out with people that are also on a journey to recovery.

Action Stage

People at this stage realize they have a problem, are willing to make a change and are actively working on changing their behaviors. Our staff gives you or a loved a platform to learn and practice new behaviors.

Maintenance Stage

At the last stage, people work to maintain sobriety and avoid relapse. our programs have no end date so our services will be offered year after year to maintain sobriety. Our staff helps with recovery management through peer counseling and giving you or a loved one opportunities to help the new people who walk through our doors.

Everyone’s recovery is different and people may bounce between stages or take longer than others. But anyone can get sober and into recovery!

“Stages of Recovery.” Recovery Research Institute, www.recoveryanswers.org/resource/stages-of-recovery/.

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Dawnya Janousek, Intake Specialist

How much time do you have in recovery?
10+ years

What have you gained from recovery?
Knowledge, Love, Acceptance, Family

What helped you get and stay sober?
12 Steps and realizing I was not alone in the world. PDAP family

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
Continue working on myself, I am not perfect, Keep going to meetings and stay involved in the program, Give back what was given to me.

What’s your favorite song?
Hello – ADELE

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
Keep coming even if you don’t believe its working, Call people in recovery! Service work!

What’s one random fact about yourself?
I’m actually shy….

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Roy Reina, Peer Counselor/Recovery Coach

How much time do you have in recovery?
Over 2 years

What have you gained from recovery?
A new chance at life

What helped you get and stay sober?
My support group, my higher power, and my recovery program.

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
Always do the things you did in early sobriety that is the foundation of your recovery.

What’s your favorite song?
Go Get It by TI and Losing Sleep by Chris Young

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
Stay connected the opposite of addiction in connection.

What’s one random fact about yourself?
When I was 13 me and my dad were abducted by aliens

Success Story: Shawn

“The staff has always gone above and beyond to make sure our needs are met. Every time I show up to the program I am welcomed with open arms.  The program has not only given me a positive sober community but has also given my daughters a safe place to heal from the destruction my substance abuse caused.  If I were limited to only one word to describe this program it would have to be ‘Redeeming.”

Success Story: Dan

“There are no other support, education, and treatment programs in our area that come close to providing the long-term recovery support that… is required for sustained change… As a consultant to the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department, I’ve assisted with the development and evaluation of substance abuse services throughout their system of care. In this capacity, I have been able to experience…working with the department in a positive, collaborative, and meaningful manner…staff members have demonstrated a commitment to working with the recovery of young people, establishing and maintaining relationships that are professional, caring, and authentic.”

Success Story: Hugh

“I recently got out of state jail and went to my first meeting that Tuesday… without any questions (they) took me in as family. The counselors are very concerned about each individual’s needs and sobriety. I must say this group is the best I’ve ever been a part of.  I have also seen the passion they have for our youth. I pray to be a part of this one day. it is all about sharing our experience, strength and hope… whenever in need of just love and maybe a hug or even the truth these are the people to go to.”