Dear friends and family,
As the Executive Director of Rise Recovery over the last two years, I have celebrated births and deaths, sobriety milestones and overdoses. Service to recovery can be grave and severe, but also filled with absolute miracles and overflowing joy. There is no more honorable mission to me than that performed by the noble teammates and recovery community members of Rise Recovery. I am honored and humbled to serve you. Thank you for the opportunity.
We are about to close the chapter on 2017 and celebrate 2018 with confetti and fanfare. Yet at the same time, I learned today that 63,000 Americans died from opiate overdose in 2016. That is more than died in 10 years of the Vietnam War and there is no question that 2017 saw similar devastation. How can we, who have been personally impacted by the painful impacts of drugs and alcohol, make a difference in 2018? How does anyone make a difference against the overwhelming magnitude of drugs and alcohol in our community?
To help guide me, I refer to The 12 Step Prayer Book Volume 2 by Bill P and Lisa D:
The Four Absolutes
Both with ourselves and with others, in word, deed, and thought.
To be willing, wherever possible, to help others who need our help.
You shall love with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Purity of mind, of body, and of purpose.
With these tenets, I commit myself to working with you. To working with our staff. With our participants. With our community. With our legislators. With our churches. With our schools. With our justice system. I invite you to engage and challenge me every day with your ownership of these absolutes. No matter the hill, I look forward to walking it with you in 2018.
Until then, I wish that your holidays be filled with fellowship and that your mind, body and soul be filled with strength and resilience. Thank you for joining us into the new year.