A word of thanks from the FRC

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. It is that time of year when I take the helm of this column to personally wish each and every one of you a very special holiday season. It is also my time to say “Thank You” for all of your support shown the Family Recovery Center and its staff this past year. I had started the year as a retired person, however, things quickly changed, and ET is back!

Our family has grown here at the Center. We have added several new staff members who, along with our dedicated long-time staffers, continue to provide the community with services that hopefully continue to make changes in your way of life. To these new staff members, we say “Thank You” because of the impact you bring to your work and your clients. Your youth, hopefulness and enthusiasm are contagious and spill across the agency.

Because of these new staffers, we have been able to strengthen our services, provide a new and different direction of programming.

In an ideal world, I would like to say that because of our services and programs, everyone reaches the maximum potential of his or her life. Yet, we know that recovery from the addiction of alcohol and/or drugs is not easy to come by. For some, the entry into treatment takes several attempts, much sacrifice and a lot of dedication of “staying the course.” For others, it may be a goal they choose not to take, much to the distress or alarm of their family and friends.

In an ideal world, I would like to say that because of either deaths and/or overdoses, all alcohol and drugs could be pulled from the shelves, back streets and alleys of our lives. However, abuse and addiction to alcohol and other drugs continues to take thousands of lives in our villages, towns, cities and state every year.

Family Recovery Center continues to work in the area of prevention and education of our youth and community at large. Hopefully, our messages of abstinence from alcohol and drugs, avoidance of further high risk behaviors and other destructive actions resonates throughout the community.

Our work with parents continues, though some families may reflect that the use of alcohol or other drugs may be OK for themselves, never seeing the impact it may have on those around them. We are encouraged by the many families who have the strength and determination to work with their children and even themselves in order to communicate with their kids that being straight is OK.

What does this mean for you and me? First of all, it means that we have to look at our own behaviors, the messages we send to our family and friends. Does it mean any level of self-discipline?

Sobriety, recovery, abstinence are all words which infer a level of restraint, self-control and/or sacrifice in our lives. As one of the basic beliefs of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) states – One step at a time- we need to remember this is how a baby learns to walk, and how we need to mature toward a life of recovery or sobriety from abuse or addiction from alcohol and other drugs.

Family Recovery Center is here to work with you throughout the year. You can be reassured that our staff will give their “All” when you call.

Again, wishing you the very best during this special season, and have a happy and healthy new year.


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