Center for Hope celebrates joy

It’s time to “ring in the new.” A new year, a new start, a clean slate.

Family Recovery Center’s Oxford House has been given a new name: The Eloise V. Traina Center for Hope, named for Eloise V. Traina, former executive director for FRC.

“A lot of people find hope here,” Mrs. Traina said, walking through the center to talk about the past, the present and the future of the site. “People find joy here.” She may have retired as executive director of Family Recovery Center in Lisbon but she still is involved in promoting recovery.

Salem businessman Robert Nuckols founded Oxford House, Mrs. Traina explained. In 2003 he was recognized for his contributions to recovery from substance abuse. He remodeled the house for six to eight male residents in recovery. They lived on-site for 30 to 60 days of treatment to get a better grasp on their recovery. One person handled the finances. Everyone contributed to maintaining the home.

Eventually Nuckols turned the facility over to Family Recovery Center. Under Mrs. Traina’s leadership, a federal grant was gained, the house was again remodeled. Donations also have been granted to FRC for facility improvements from places like the Salem Community Foundation.

About 12 years ago Oxford House ceased residential services. Ever since the facility has become a meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Heroin Anonymous (HA). Fourteen support groups meet weekly, including two on Sundays. (It is not uncommon for Mrs. Traina to be there with encouragement and support.) A meditation meeting is held on Saturday nights, recently celebrating the 6th anniversary of the start of the meditation group. For a schedule of support meetings and times that they meet, visit http://www.familyrecovery.org/home/events-and-news.

Jan Woodley, a contract employee of FRC, elaborated on The Grapevine. In 1944, The Grapevine magazine began publication. It was an AA meeting in print for people who couldn’t get to a meeting. These days, The Grapevine group meets to read the old issues of the magazine. They have learned that nothing has really changed between the long ago and now, that, “The process works the same,” Woodley said.

All of the major holidays are celebrated at the Center for Hope. In fact, there is a Christmas tree that remains up throughout the year with the decorations changed from holiday to holiday. The house is safe and comfortable, a place of warmth and hope.

Stephen O. Vega, chief executive officer of Family Recovery Center, advises that group and individual counseling for substance abuse and mental health is now available at the Center for Hope. Treatment can be scheduled by calling the Lisbon office. The Center for Hope will be there to continue serving needs of individuals recovering from substance use.

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, info@familyrecovery.org. FRC is funded, in part, by United Way of Northern Columbiana County.

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