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Road to Recovery Manifesto   Leave a comment

This post is LOONG over due in being posted, both in the amount of time since my last message and in its content.

Road to Recovery Manifesto

At it’s inception, Road to Recovery was simply a coping skills class offered with the Patient Education program of aBig SpringStateHospital. It utilizes an active, interactive model for sharing and communicating information. The idea initially was to use a holistic approach to addressing recovery in regards to mental illness and substance abuse.

 In the process of interacting with those that attending the class, some seen of which would be discharged and re-admitted, I finally acknowledged something that we all know too well, “there are NOT enough resources available in most communities to adequately support those that are on this journey on a daily basis. That being said, in April of 2010 Road to Recovery took its first steps standing on its own feet with the launch of the Road to Recovery Blog. Not long after that Road to Recovery hit Facebook. Initially as a “Page”, which is actually still active, but then as a “Group”.

 Also in this time of getting up and walking, Road to Recovery has also gone online with Twitter and Tumblr.

 Just a few months ago, Road to Recovery, became its own “profile” on Facebook and within the last 3 weeks has added more than 150 friends, with more being added on a daily basis.

 So what is R2R today?

 Well, Road to Recovery continues to be the persona taken on by this writer with the hopes that through our interactions either personal, one on one, in the blog or other means of communication that you will experience on of the following as a result of that interaction:

  • Enlighten: To me, to enlighten is to share information with others so as to teach them something that they did not previously know, in order to allow them to improve the state of their lives.
  • Encourage: I recently described encouraging as offering a hand to another whom has slipped and fallen along their way and helping them to get back to their feet,
  • Inspire: Continuing from the previous thought, once the individual has gotten back on their feet; to inspire is to walk alongside and urge them on in their journey, rooting them on saying “you can do it”.
  • Instill Hope. To give, to share or impart hope. Hope is the belief that something good will happen and success is possible.
  • Empower: Finally, to empower is to have others come to the realization of the strength and courage that resides within, so as to believe in themselves and their potential for success.

To this day and as long as I am blessed to continue this journey, this will be me mission and my purpose whether it is in face to face interactions or by utilizing modern technology.

However, I have also learned a very valuable lesson through this process, I have come to realize that I am merely A voice. I am not THE Voice. That brings me to the second and probably the more important part of Road to Recovery today.

 I see it as a caring community of travelers who are all on the same journey, striving to overcome our “issues” and be “better” than we were yesterday. 

 We come all parts of this great planet on which we occupy, with all different types of problems including but NOT limited to any of the following:

  • Mental Illness – Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, etc
  • Substance Abuse/Dependence
  • Co-Occurring Disorders – Both of the above at the same time.
  • Eating Disorders
  • Personality Disorders – Borderline, Dependent, Histrionic
  • Trauma – Abuse, PTSD, etc.

 We come together to share of struggles, our victories our joy and our tears. In sharing our experiences, we draw strength from one another, and individually and corporately we are one step further along in our journey. We acknowledge our similarities as well as our differences, respecting both. We will not always see eye to eye, bit we can always accept one another’s opinions and discuss issues and ideas without resorting to personal attacks. 

Every physical road has curves, mountains valleys, pot holes, signs, etc. The same is true in regards to personal recovery process and our growth as a community.

What determines if we are successful in our recovery and maintain our personal and corporate  well-being is how well we navigate these obstacles as we face them on our journey? Just as in driving, if we do not navigate these appropriately we will find ourselves in the bar ditch, or in recovery terms, relapse.

 I hope and pray that as you travel day to day o in your journey of recovery, you will be enlightened, encouraged, inspired, instilled with hope and ultimately empowered to face every curve and obstacle on your ROAD TO RECOVERY.

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Posted April 27, 2011 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized, Welcome

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Notes from Along the Road – Divine Inspiration   Leave a comment

Divine Inspiration – “A Message from the Heart”

WARNING THE FALLING POST IS SOMEWHAT DISJOINTED and is NOT WRITTEN AS WELL AS I ATTEMPT TO BE ORDINARILY. I

HOPE YOU WILL RECEIVE IT AS A MESSAGE FROM MY HEART…. THANKS FOR READING!!

My Friends and loyal readers,

I sincerely apologize for the delay in posting to this blog. Life has been turned a little upside down lately. We are in the process of extensive

changes at work. At the same time, T-ball just started. So we are busy a minimum of 3 nights per week with T-Ball and Swimming. Then Friday nights and Weekends are devouted to trying to spend some quality time together as a family. So, as result I have not been able to devote as much time to my writing. On the other hand, I recently registered with Twitter and have been connecting with even more individuals that are stuggling as they travel along this perilous journey.

In the mean time, though, I have not completed any new work, but I have 2 that are the works. That brings me to the title of this entry…”Divine Inspiration”. I am rarely overt in my confessions of faith and the important role that it play in my life, but it is my personal opionin that this the foundation of who I am as a person and the back bone on which this work relies. In the last few days, I have met a special gentelman that has caused me to realize that I have not been fully walking the walk to match talking the talk.

Since I started this blog jusst over 11 months ago, I have struggled with inner conflict regarding how much of my faith I should include in these words, lines and paragraphs. However, in the last few days, I believe that conflict has been resolved. You can be prepared that current and future post will not “hold back” from this key part of who I am; For I have always truly believed that faith and hope in the One true God, is the key for ANY one to experience hope and happiness whether you struggle with mental illness ot not.

Finally, in the days since I have had a couple of ideas literly seem to come out of the blue in my interactions with those around me, thus the title of this post… “Divine Inspiration”. So I hope to be getting some new articles posted soon. It is my hope and prayer that each word, sentence paragraph and article are all inspired by “The Almih.gty” and directed by His Spirit. I am merely a vessel that has humbly said “Here I am Lod, use me.”

I pray that each of you have blessed weekend and no matter where you find yorself and in what situation, she will know His Peace, Love and Goodness. Until next time my fiends “Walk in the light for He IS the light that cast out ALL darkness.

As ALWAYS, I request and encourage you comments, feedback and questions!

Gary

R2R

rdtorecovery@gmail.com

Notes from Along the Road 1/24/2011   Leave a comment

I wanted to take just a few moments to step back and reflect on the journey that has been the Road to Recovery Blog over these last nine months. As the days have gone on with each new article, I have realized how much I thoroughly enjoy this endeavor. As I complete and post one article, I am anxious to begin working on the next.

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However, I find myself asking the following questions:

  • “What do they think and feel about the material?”

 

  •   “What thoughts and feelings do the articles invoke in them?” and most importantly

 

  •  “Are the people that read the articles actually benefiting from them?”

With that in mind, I ask for your help. As I strive to become a better writer and to provide you with the information and encouragement that you need, I request your feedback and comments.

You can do so in a number of ways:

  1. Use the “Like” button (it has a star beside it).
  2. Rate the Post (line of stars at the conclusion of each post)
  3. Leave comments on the comments section each the post.
  4. “Like” the Road to Recovery Facebook Page and leave post and comments there.
  5. Join the Road to Recovery Blog Facebook Group and leave post and comments there.
  6. Finally, send me an e-mail to rd2recovery@gmail.com

In addition, if there happens to be a specific topic or question that you would like me to address, please let me know. Contact me and I will attempt to address it as best I can.

I also ask that you share the blog and Facebook pages with your friends and peers to whom you think the information will be helpful.

When I set out on this journey, I never would have guessed that I would have never guessed that I would have come as far as I have, but I admit I am still a work in progress and consider it an honor that you continue to read.

As I have said previously my hope and prayer that through these words you will be enlightened, encouraged, inspired, instilled with hope, and empowered as you continue along your Road to Recovery.

Sincerely and Gratefully,

Gary

Notes from Along the Road – Teacher   1 comment

Narrow PathThis post I feel will be much more like what one would expect in reading a blog. It is more of post straight from my mind and heart and not as much a specifically written with a particular topic or purpose in mind other than to share a little bit of who I am and why it is that I do what I do, including writing this blog.

I know that I have shared this on numerous occasions with my class that I teach at that hospital. As I see it, in teaching, in writing, in speaking, in living, if I can do four simple things in the lives of those that I am given the honor and privilege to encounter and share with, then I truly feel like that I have succeeded.

Those four goals include:

Enlighten

Encourage

Inspire

Empower

Let me take a moment to explain each just a bit further.

  • Enlighten: To me, to enlighten is to share information with others so as to teach them something that they did not previously know, in order to allow them to improve the state of their lives.
  • Encourage: I recently described encouraging as offering a hand to another whom has slipped and fallen along their way and helping them to get back to their feet,
  • Inspire: Continuing from the previous thought, once the individual has gotten back on their feet; to inspire is to walk alongside and urge them on in their journey, rooting them on saying “you can do it”.Empower: Finally, to empower is to have others come to the realization of the strength and courage that resides within, so as to believe in themselves and their porential for success.
  • That actually brings me to a new word to add to this list: Instill. More specifically: Instill Hope. To give, to share or impart hope. Hope is the belief that something good will happen and  success is possible.

Ultimately, if I am able to do just one of these at a given time then I have done well. If I am blessed enough, to accomplish all of the above over a period time, then I believe, that it  is a part of my fulfilling my purpose, my calling, and  my destiny.

I guess when it boils down to it, there is one simple word that describes who I am, at least at this point in my life… TEACHER.

But I hope you can see that I have no desire to simply be and educator, I want my life to reach out and change the lives of others in a positive way and make them better for having known me. I want my legacy not to be the money that I made, things I had or even the awards that I might have  received, but the lives that I have touched and changed for the better.

That being said I believe that there is only one way this is truly achieved, even to the slightest extent. That is through my conscious understanding and acceptance that in all I do that it not I that does it alone, but have been given a gifts and talents from the Lord above and it is by His strength and guidance that I succeed, Though, I do not often share my faith overtly, I try to live my life as an example and a witness to the goodness and grace that He has so richly given. I know that I could never be the man or the Teacher that He was; however I can honestly say that Jesus or more correctly Yesua is my example, and model. I strive to reflect Him in my life as a whole and in my interactions and teachings. It is not coincidental that I use as many analogies and word pictures in my presentations and articles. However, it is not out of specific design, it is just how my mind works. It just so happens that as you read about how He taught, He did the same. Ultimately, my goal is to be taken out of the equation as much as possible and for me to merely be and instrument and vessel through which I allow Him to flow.

WELL… that I believe about covers it. I hope it helps you to understand a little better who I am what I am about. As always, I welcome your comments and feedback. I would really like to see this blog become more of a community sharing ideas, and not just a one man show. I learned a long time ago, that the ones who have struggled through  “the valley of the shadow of death” and survived, understand a lot more about what recovery really is than any amount of education or experience could ever offer.

Thanks for reading and I hope and pray that you find your path to be straight and your potholes to be filled.

Gary

Notes from Along the Road: 8/30/10   Leave a comment

I wanted to take just a few moments to step back and reflect on the journey that has been the Road to Recovery Blog over these last five months. As the days have gone on, and with each new article written, I have realized how much I thoroughly enjoy this endeavor. As I complete and post one article, I am anxious to begin working on the next. However, at the same time I can’t help from wondering, “Are the people that read the articles actually benefiting from them?” “What do they think and feel about the material?” More importantly, “What thoughts and feelings do the articles invoke in them?” With that in mind, I ask that you help me in my journey to become a better writer by giving me feedback. You can do so in a number of ways:

  1. Use the “Like” button (it has a star beside it).
  2. Rate the Post (line of stars at the conclusion of each post)
  3. Leave comments on the comments section each the post.
  4. Join The Road to Recovery Face book Page and leave post and comments there.
  5.  Finally, send me an e-mail to rd2recovery@heartshines.com

 In addition, if there happens to be a specific topic or question that you would like me to address, please let me contact me, and I will at least to address it as best I can.

 Also if you truly are enjoying the posts, please share them and the link with your friends and others to whom you know the information might be helpful.

 When I set out on this journey, I never would have guessed that after 5 months, I would have written 9 full length articles and 3 other shorter ones. I am a work in progress and consider it an honor that you read. My hope and prayer that through these words and you can be enlightened, encouraged, inspired and empowered as you continue along your Road to Recovery.

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