January 2019 ~ Newsletter
Running into Recovery
There are 3 vital parts of an individual that are affected by drug/alcohol addiction: mentality, spirituality and physicality. At The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) we strive to give adults who have struggled with addiction, opportunities to be restored in all three areas. We recognize that physical activity can have a huge impact on an individual's mental state, which often opens the door for spiritual growth.

A couple of the guys in our program saw the importance of maintaining a healthy physicality and began jogging on a daily basis. One evening, Captain Johnny and Captain Kerry saw these guys jogging and asked them about it. After talking for a little bit, one of the guys joked that the Captains should join them on their run sometime. A few weeks later, the Captains did just that and thus began the Runner's Club.

Every Wednesday evening (weather permitting) a group of 5 to 10 guys run or bike the 2.7 miles from the ARC to Garfield Park and back. John is one of the original participants in the Runner's Club and he talked about how this has been a good thing for himself and others in the program. One important thing he talked about was that being able to run as a group encouraged people who may not have run otherwise. The support of the other participants was enough to inspire them to try it out and, once they saw that they could do it, start participating on a regular basis.

We pray that the holistic approach we take in our substance abuse program will encourage lasting change in the lives of people in our program.
December Beneficiary of the Month

Congratulations to our December Beneficiary of the month, Kyle McKenna!

Before coming to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), Kyle was a hard working mechanic, who drank hard and had a tendency to get into physical altercations. Kyle admits that he got himself into some trouble and that this influenced his decision to enter the program. Getting into trouble also gave him a desire to change because he realized that his life had become unmanageable.

Part of the program at the (ARC) is to complete 40 hours of work therapy per week and Kyle's work therapy assignment was working on the docks. As part of the responsibilities of a dock worker, Kyle helped load and unload trucks, move furniture and other large items from the warehouse to the store and move gaylords of donated items from the docks to different departments of the warehouse. Although this is hard work, Kyle expressed he liked doing it because it kept him busy all day.

The recovery process is a lifelong journey, but we like to ask beneficiaries what kind of progress they feel they've made since coming to the ARC. For Kyle, he feels that staying sober for 5 months is great progress and a big step in the right direction. He also explained that he has learned to take life one day at a time while keeping a humble outlook.

"I've learned to take things one day at a time and to be humble . . . I encourage others to do the same."

It is said that, in recovery, anything you place ahead of your sobriety you will end up loosing. When Kyle graduates, he is making sobriety his number one priority so that he can keep what he has earned and continue to move forward. He also expressed his readiness to get back into the work force and start earning an income.

Congratulations, once more, to Mister Kyle McKenna! We are proud of the awesome progress that he has made during his time at the ARC and are excited to see where the future leads him!
Thought of the Month
My eyes are upon You, O God the Lord; in You I take refuge.
Psalm 141:8
God gave you specific talents and abilities to use in fulfilling His plan and purposes for the ages. He made you to bring glory to Himself... to have fellowship with Him and to be in a close, intimate relationship with Him. I can think of no higher purpose than for a person to be a close personal friend of god and to use the talents that God has given him to the best of his ability all the days of his life... It is for this purpose that the Holy Spirit helps and guides us on a daily basis.

~Charles F. Stanley
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