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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!

Love, Service, Rise Recovery

Our board member Edna Cruz shares why she serves:

“I serve on the board because… I want to work and live in a place where individuals reach their highest level of health and education, and where we live in an economically vibrant community. To that end, I am lending my knowledge, skills and abilities as a nurse and local business owner to assist Rise Recovery demonstrate client and collective successes achieved through their program. I have seen this program empower youths and young adults to reintegrate back to their former friends, family, school and work. It is an inspired program and one for which I am very thankful and grateful to fund and support for the community impactful results they achieve.”

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….