Rise Recovery’s Blog

Success Story: Steve

“I have bipolar disorder and also ADHD and was committed to a state hospital when I was 17 when I had a severe manic episode and thought I was Jesus, so after sobering up I got to sponsor… In the meantime, I’ve managed to get a B.S. in Chemistry at UTSA and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas, and get licensed as a professional engineer. I’ve also been employed since June 1992 at the same place doing what I wanted to do, helping developing nations with their environmental management problems. I just finished seven years of service on an EPA advisory committee to the President and Congress! I lost the desire to use alcohol (my drug of choice) a long time ago. My fiancée (and the love of my life) died unexpectedly last November 14, and I’ve had other really bad things happen to me, and yet the thought of drinking has never crossed my mind.”

Success Story: Heather

“As a private practice addictions counselor, I refer many young people and parents…knowing they will be received with love and have a safe place to begin their recovery journey.  Alternative Peer Groups are a proven way to support folks in their recovery efforts… a great forum for young people to engage in support group meetings, education, family support, individual and family counseling, and sober social activities. All at NO CHARGE! What a blessing they are to our community!”

Success Story: Eva

“I have witnessed these people continually go above and beyond the call of duty. In this day and age of so many good non profits it can be difficult to decide which to invest in. I have never doubted that the value of my dollars have become priceless when given to them. They take my money and transform it into a new way of life for a family and a future!”

Success Story: Sydney

“I have been a Client, volunteer, and employee. My first encounter was a shock – never had so many people love and accept me for ME… I was at my bottom in 1987 and they saved my life. Wish I could say I have been sober this whole time… I have fallen a few times but by God’s grace and my family in the program I have gotten back up and started living again. That’s what I have done in the program – I learned to live. They helped me see I am important. My children were raised in the program and don’t always make decisions like I would like them to … Thanks for being there when everyone had given up on me…”

Success Story: Rebecca

“I started drinking and smoking at the young age of 12. At 14, I had my first overdose of many. Soon I was introduced to Rise Recovery…My parents were disappointed and I was a mess. When I opened the doors, I truly walked into the realm of recovery. I didn’t want to be there yet but everyone welcomed me with open arms. They all showed me love and tolerance. I couldn’t believe it – it HAD to be a scam! But to my genuine surprise, I was wrong. Teenagers from different schools and involved in totally different cliques were hanging out and having fun. They were a big, happy, crazy family. Even the counselors were excited to be sober! It was a world so diverse in itself. After attending and slowly becoming involved in meetings and activities, love and tolerance fell from my heart. With willingness, the help of the group and an amazing sponsor, I can proudly say I’m over a year sober. It was never easy and I’m glad life isn’t fair. I wouldn’t have the experience to help other teenagers like me. The best thing is being able to interact with one another while being raw and pure – clean and sober…I love it and I’ll keep coming back. Without Rise Recovery, I wouldn’t be alive today and I am thankful for the people who helped me get to where I am.”

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Bea Blackmon, Bachelors of Social Work Practicum Student at Our Lady of the Lake University

How much time do you have in recovery?
6 years/ Aug 30, 2011 is my sobriety date

What have you gained from recovery?
I have gained a design for living, hope, faith and lasting personal relationships. I have a sense of purpose in the world today where I can be useful. I have gained a sense of self and I’m no longer ashamed of my past.

What helped you get and stay sober?
A 12 step program of action and the realization that I can not do this alone.

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
Stay in the present moment and do what is right in front of you. Also BEA!! stop and enjoy the life God is given you!

What’s your favorite song?
This is hard because I’m extremely eclectic when it comes to music, so I’m going to give a shout out to my father Ronald Williams may he rest in peace. The entire album: Here My Dear by Marvin Gaye.

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
The hardest thing for me to do was to ask for HELP, but the best thing I ever did was ask for HELP. We can recover, but we can not recover alone.

What’s one random fact about yourself?
My wife and I were married on St. Patrick’s Day March 2017 …. That Is A Fact!

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Topher Beard, LCDC-Practicum Student

How much time do you have in recovery?
7 years

What have you gained from recovery?
A much better life

What helped you get and stay sober?
Attending AA meetings, solid sponsorship, faith

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
Love yourself and know that you are worthy

What’s your favorite song?
Ordinary Love – U2

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
Stick with the winners

What’s one random fact about yourself?
I have a .5 golf handicap

Tell Me About Yourself Tuesdays!

with Natalie Hope Mosqueda, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator
 

How much time do you have in recovery?
I have over 5 years! My sobriety date is June 1, 2012.

What have you gained from recovery?
I have gained the ability to love myself no matter what kind of day I am having.

What helped you get and stay sober?
Sober friends, my therapist, and sponsor, and the love of the group

What’s some advice you would give yourself 10 years in the future?
Stop waiting and just do it

What’s your favorite song?
It’s always changing, but recently I have been playing Loved by You by POWERS on repeat

What advice do you have for a newcomer?
It’s okay to not be okay

What’s one random fact about yourself?
I am an inch and half away from being considered someone with dwarfism

What is Somatic ReStorying?

Co-created by Michelli Ramon, Psychotherapist and Lea Ann Tinney, Reigstered Massage Therapist and CranioSacral Therapist

SOMATIC ReSTORYING  is a therapeutic process that incorporates wisdom and techniques from a variety of person-centered and body-centered therapies including Narrative Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reikki and Felt Sense Focusing. It is designed to help people who have suffered from trauma and chronic emotional or physical pain.

Trauma disrupts the body’s natural rhythms and severs ties between important body systems. In response to trauma our bodies create patterns or STORIES that enable us to cope. These patterns are an important aspect of our survival. The challenge is that they sometimes weave themselves into our core dialog and often persist long after the painful experience has passed.

Somatic ReStorying (SR) assists us in discovering the NATURAL RYTHMS of our bodies.  Using guided meditation and grounding exercises, we learn to connect more deeply to our own INNER WISDOM. As we move through the SR process, this inner wisdom helps guide the uncovering of old stories and sensations in the body. With the assistance of a trained body worker and psychotherapist, we connect those body sensations with emotions and stories that reside in the psyche. The body worker’s role is to help shift energy and release tissue memory, while the therapist’s role is to help explore the meaning of the stories and the validity of the related emotions.

Guided by our natural healing abilities, we are EMPOWERED to re-story the trauma according to our present strengths and circumstances, moving out of the past and into the present. SR also addresses issues of polarity within our bodies by helping to balance existing energies and assimilate new information. This gives the body a feeling of equanimity, CALM and well-being. The benefit of using two practitioners is that one is listening to the body while the other is listening to words. Tending to two dynamics at once helps to bring the body and the psyche back into alignment.

Another aspect of SR healing is the participation in an SR group. In the group setting clients are asked to hold the space and become LISTENERS for one another. Through this process of listening, clients receive support for their own inner wisdom. As they learn to sense the somatic rhythms of other clients, they begin to understand their own boundaries, beginnings and endings more deeply. The feedback listeners receive from one another provides valuable information regarding their own perceptions, feelings, distortions and STRENGTHS.

These are some of the benefits of Somatic ReStorying:

  • Learning to relate to your body in a new way
  • Understanding how and where your body holds memories
  • Understanding the power and presence of tissue memory
  • Finding and releasing tension in the body connected to trauma
  • Re-establishing lost connections with the body
  • Being held in a community of fellow survivors
  • Increasing self-awareness and affirmation of healing
  • Moving into the present and no longer feeling stuck in the past