BY OUR SILENCE WE LET OTHERS DEFINE US
BY OUR SILENCE WE LET OTHERS DEFINE US WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE
By Joey Supina
Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center
I have been a personal witness to the Recovery Movement for over 42 years and 42 years ago the Recovery Movement was almost non- existent except for the wonderful work of the12 step programs and a few visionaries. Thankfully, those 12 step programs were there and still are here today to help countless millions who suffer from addiction and mental health challenges. Yet, the message that Recovery is a Reality and Treatment Works hasn’t reached everyone. That is why it is so important to tell the story that there is a solution and to become advocates for Recovery.
Incremental increases in help will not cross the ever-widening chasm that demands a continuum of care that is holistic and encompasses the entire arsenal that a Recovery Oriented System of Care can produce. We must remember that Addiction is a lifelong condition that cannot be cured but can be arrested. Therefore, society will need all the help it can muster to ensure a successful outcome for those who seek a Recovery.
Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center is a part of that continuum of care along with all the others who are advocates for Recovery. Everyone must come together in this struggle. Addiction and mental health challenges know no boundaries and we must employ everyone’s help in this fight. Everyone must be allies in this struggle and help those who are seeking the solace that a recovery can achieve so that recovery becomes their reality.
Sandusky Artisans is a peer to peer operated Recovery Community Center that envisions a world community where recovery from substance use and/or mental health challenges are viewed as public health issues. Sandusky Artisans wishes to promote universal access to prevention, treatment and recovery and the immediate resources and support to achieve those goals of health and wellness. Sandusky Artisans desires for those in Recovery to lead a self-directed life and to reach their full potential that long-term recovery can bring, free from stigma and discrimination. At the Artisans we hope to foster and to further the development of the rights and dignity of those in Recovery.
Since 1997 Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center has been empowering Voice and Choice for those who seek help combating addiction, mental health challenges or a combination of these issues and the problems they bring. At the Artisans we know that people do recover and that they will need the five essentials of Recovery to make Recovery a Reality. Those Five Essentials of Recovery include Hope, Health, Home, Purpose and Community. That is why Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) is so important. Our Mental Health Recovery Board, along with the Ohio Authority of County Behavioral Health Association, is implementing this statewide movement, called ROSC, in our area. Sandusky Artisans supports all those individuals, organizations, advocates, fellowships, faith-based communities, government officials and all health care facilities that are making Recovery a Reality by Living in the Solution. We at the Artisans wish to applaud and thank them all for their service and dedication.