"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." – Margaret J. Wheatley
HIGH COST OF LOW LIVING
Why Community Involvement and Resilience Is Important in Recovery
Achieving a life of sustained sobriety is about so much more than just abstaining from drugs and alcohol. It often involves building personal resilience, overcoming negative behaviors, acquiring life-skills and developing a community support network, that fosters healthy family dynamics, nurturing friendships and peer support.
The typical recovery snapshot (particularly for those in their first year of recovery) often includes access to cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT), group counseling or moral reconation therapy (MRT), and regular attendance at peer-to-peer support groups such as - Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery or Safe Haven's wellness and recovery center; all of which can be the tangible difference between lasting sobriety verses chronic relapse.
At Colusa County Recovery - we understand addiction - because we've been there.
Local Recovery Story
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 was 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.
Highlighted Resources, Tools & Activities
Tour Colusa National Wildlife Refuge
Enjoy wildlife viewing and photography as you drive the three-mile, graveled auto tour through wetlands or walk a one-mile trail along a lush riparian slough. Thousands of waterfowl are present from September through March. Peak populations occur in December and January.
The refuge is open one-hour before sunrise to one-hour after sunset year-round.
Friday's At 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Celebrate Recovery ::: Support Group
Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Everyone is welcome. Attendance verification is provided by request.
Location: FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH :: 326 Jay Street, Colusa.
Visit A Local Museum
The Sacramento Valley Museum is located in a historic high school in the City of Williams at 1491 E Street. It hosts an impressive multi-cultural collection of many 19th century photos and local artifacts of interest. The museum is open to the public, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.
You can visit all of Colusa Counties seven library locations. Each library offers a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, reference guides and films on DVD; in addition to free Wi-Fi and computer workstations (plus access to a printer for a small nominal fee) for students, local residents and visitors.
June 9th -12th. Single day adult pass $5.00. Kids (5-12) $2.00. Military & First Responders Day - Active duty/retired will receive free admission during the week of Fair.
COMMUNITY: SHOP LOCALLY
Supporting Local Businesses & Restaurants
Think local! Supporting local businesses is good for our community. Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes and outreaches.
Williams Community Church