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Merry Christmas and a happy holiday to all


Merry Christmas and happy holiday to all of you. It is early December, and I am wondering to myself, where did the year go? I am not getting any younger and yet appear to be working harder. Smarter? Sometimes I question this. Is this with everyone’s life? Thanksgiving was here and gone before we gave full thought to being thankful for all that my family, and others around us have.

Here at Family Recovery Center we have much to be thankful, as the year 2016 proved to be one of the most eventful years we have experienced. We have seen staff changes, and we are stimulated by new faces and fresh ideas. The youthfulness and energy new employees bring is so often contagious and energizing. To them, I say thank you.

Also, using this time to reflect on the past twelve months, we look back and we ask ourselves: what or how did we contribute to betterment of our families and/or the community? Am I in a better place than a year ago? What will 2017 bring to any of us?

We have many to thank for supporting our work and efforts, but more importantly, the many individuals who are working to positively impact the community especially at a time when the opiate epidemic is affecting so many lives: Brenda Hamilton of OhioCAN; the Columbiana County Drug Task Force under the leadership of Brian McLaughlin, for the many risks it takes in working to rid our area of illegal drugs; police departments and chiefs as John Lane and J.T. Panezott who work with others in trying to further eliminate this scourge; the courts and judges as they work to bring justice to the offenders; members of the recovery community who offer a place of serenity and courage for individuals to make the changes within their lives; and families who are working to better understand the differences of addiction and acceptance.

Additional assistance and recognition of this epidemic is coming from the various chambers of commerce throughout the county, mayors, city and village governments as we continue to present to them our ideas and seek their continued support.

Our reading public continues to be supportive of our efforts as many of you have called throughout the year with either questions about the information we have written about or where services might be obtained. Several others have contacted us asking for other topics to be explored. We fully appreciate your support of our efforts to educate and promote wellness in the community.

This past year has been one of significant growth, in the areas of programming, expansion of facilities and staff. The Education Department participated in many events throughout the county in 2016. The schools are asking for an ever-expanding program of services from our prevention specialists.

We have expanded our clinical services through the Lisbon offices. The office in East Liverpool will be providing additional services through the introduction of Medication Assisted Recovery with the introduction of Methadone and Suboxone Program in collaboration with CommQuest.

Oxford is the home to at least 12 weekly Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), ALANON and NAMI. Recovery happens here on a daily basis as the House opens its doors to men and women who are willing to share their recovery with others.

In 2016, the Family Recovery Center committed itself to the replication of its services here in Columbiana County and has expanded to Jefferson County. As we have often said here: Addiction has no address, Family Recovery Center does. Addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs or illegal drugs does not show favoritism or discrimination.

We have recently opened another Renaissance Home for recovering males. The goals of this project are for the men to remain abstinent, improve social connectedness, obtain education or employment, and maintain stable housing. The Fleming House graduated five women this past 12 months and we have celebrated the birth of six drug-free babies during the past 12 months.

I know that many of you continually read and see news reports of the growing opiate epidemic here as well as throughout the nation. We have addressed this in a number of previous articles and will continue to do so in the coming months.

Recovery is not easy, but let me encourage you that there is help out there. Taking that first step is often the hardest. The disease of addiction is both cunning and baffling to those of us who have not experienced it firsthand.

Recovery is what Family Recovery Center is all about. We work with our clients: propose or suggest to them the tools that are certain to help them achieve what so many of us take for granted. Please bear with us as we walk through these difficult times with our clients, your family members. Try not to be judgmental because of their choices.

You, as our readers, can serve as role models for our clients. They need your helping hand, your words of encouragement, your support in the workplace and community. As I have read somewhere: “it is far better to forgive and forget than to resent and remember.”

Recovery from alcohol or drug abuse is not for the fainthearted. It takes the support of family and community to make it work, along with the individual’s dogged pursuit of staying clean and sober.

Your support and encouragement is what keeps the staff coming to work each day, and to meet the challenges presented to us on a daily basis. We know you are our cheerleaders. This team promises you our best to keep you informed and work with the individuals in our community who seeking recovery.

As you hang your stockings by the chimney with care; bake those wonderful Christmas cookies, remember the memories of youth; and exchange presents with your loved ones, please remember that you are loved for all the kindnesses you have shown us during this past year. We at Family Recovery Center say “thank you” and wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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