Sobriety can be a long road to travel, but any distance completed can be a reason to mark a milestone.
The Mecklenburg County Provided Services Organization held its 1st Annual Alumni RECOVERY Celebration on Sept. 28, 2012 at the Substance Abuse Services Center on Billingsley Road. About 75 people, all graduates of one of the County's Substance Abuse Programs, attended.
The Alumni RECOVERY Celebration was a part of National Recovery Month, which is held every September. Recovery Month reminds us that “Prevention Works, Treatment Works, and People Recover. “
"Through Billingsley, I have learned so much more about addiction that I didn't know before,” said Kristine S., who has marked 60 days of sobriety. “They showed me a different way to look at my disease, myself, my history, and my relapse triggers. It's a wonderful program."
Carlos D., who has 17 years of recovery now, was treated at the Billingsley facility in the very first group of people to go through the residential treatment program. Carlos has been sober and drug-free ever since that initial treatment episode, and continues to return as a volunteer to share his story with patients undergoing treatment.
"I feel like I owe it to the facility to come back, share my experience, strength, and hope in recovery,” Carlos said.
Kim Phillips, director of the program center, said, “Seeing so many consumers come back and hearing about their recovery journeys has been a true inspiration to everyone who works at the center.”
The event featured fun, food, fellowship, door prizes and a raffle. There was also a Praise Dance and guest speakers to fill out the afternoon.
"I came through these doors and was embraced by warm and caring people,” said Kimberly M., who has marked 6o days of sobriety.
For more information about treatment for addiction and other services offered by Mecklenburg County, call 704-336-3067 or visit http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/PSO/SAS/Pages/default.aspx