Recovery: A continuing process

The National Recovery Month recognition is concluded for 2018. Articles have been written, stories of recovery and the struggles associated with recovery shared. Every day others begin their recovery journey. Recovery is ongoing throughout the rest of the individual’s life, if they can manage to stay on track, change their lives and keep moving toward their goals for better choices, a better life.

“Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential,” advises SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Recovery encompasses four major areas of a life in recovery: Health, Home, Purpose and Community.

Health is about managing your illness or condition, managing your own well-being, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and mental well being.

Home is having a stable and safe environment in which to live.

Purpose is living meaningfully everyday … a job, a family to take care of, independence, income and resources to participate in society.

Community is having good relationships and social networking that provide friendship, hope, love and support.

Hope is the foundation of it all, positively thinking that recovery is possible. The building blocks of recovery are utilizing strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources and inherent values. Recovery is the continual growth and improvement in health and wellness that may involve setbacks, says SAMHSA. And with recovery is the need to be resilient, to be able to face adversity and the challenges that come up.

Recovery is an individual journey. Each person’s journey is his or her own. As the person in recovery proceeds, they need the support of family, friends and peers to develop healthy living in spite of increased stress that comes with anger, anxiety, fear, grief, guilt, isolation, loss and shame.

It is well known that everyone who desires help to recovery does not have access to treatment. Family Recovery Center has been expanding services to East Liverpool, Jefferson County, and now Salem. The goal of the agency is to make more help accessible. Often transportation is an issue.

“We want to meet clients where they are,” said Cheryle Herr, Family Recovery Center’s clinical supervisor. Some people want treatment for mental health and/or substance use. Others are ordered by the courts to get treatment, she said.

Oxford House, formerly transitional housing for men in recovery, has been renovated and services are offered to clients in need. FRC is making appointments for clients now. Herr said at first staff will be available two days a week. As need increases, more days will be added.

To schedule an appointment, call the Lisbon office, 330-424-1468.

Addiction has no address, but Family Recovery Center does. For more information about the education, prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and related behavioral issues, contact the agency at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468; or e-mail, FRC is funded, in part, by United Way of Northern Columbiana County.