"Forget what you have done for others. But never forget what others have done for you" - Mark Twain
A GRATEFUL HEART SPEAKS OUT
Thank you Colusa County For Helping Me To Recover
There is a familiar saying that "every addict impacts six other people in their addiction." If this saying is true? It would also be true that every recovering addict would affect six other people in their recovery.
This means that recovery is possible through connection to others in the community, no matter how far down the scale a person has fallen. This includes easy access to services and support provided by the larger whole; including one-on-one counseling, relapse prevention classes, a community support network, and 12 step meetings, all of which played a key role in building resilience, accountability, and emotional wellbeing in my life; particularly when I was at my most vulnerable -- new in recovery.
As a person committed to abstinence and long term sobriety, it would be an oversight on my part, not to acknowledge the crucial role that my community played in my individual recovery; and my case is by no means unique. Most of us who arrive at the threshold of recovery are in need of a supportive hand to guide us through the recovery process; which is nearly impossible to do on our own. Asking for HELP is essential.
I am fortunate that when I walked into 'Colusa County Health and Human Services' with just a few days clean and no safe place to stay where drugs and alcohol were not being abused -- that a compassionate social worker helped me. That beautiful soul 'Gricelda' is truly one of Colusa County's unsung hero's and a fundamental part of my recovery story.
It is for these reasons and so many more that we created - Colusa County Recovery - as a celebration of the transformational power of community and the principles of recovery to turn hurting and dysfunctional addicts into responsible and caring members of our community, who in turn become 'beacons of hope' to those still caught up in the throes of addiction.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susan is a community relations volunteer with Colusa County Recovery and an active member of her community. She lives in the City of Colusa with her cat ZIPPER, who walks on a leash; is a part-time acrobat and full-time cuddle bug.
VALUE STATEMENT: WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO?
Colusa County Recovery was founded on the principles of inclusion, diversity, community and respect. We consider our free online digital recovery resource to be a valuable addition to our community's existing TOOLBOX of available services that address substance misuse and addiction.
Our mission is to build bridges that connects people to life-enhancing services, evidenced-based therapies, peer support solutions, wellness principles, and 12 step organizations. Where individuals at-risk can get the help, support and guidance necessary, to begin their journey of healing and restoration.