Time to Rise
San Antonio's Recovery Resource
August 28, 2019
summertime with rise youth
Our Youth Group (ages 12-17) had an amazing summer of adventure, with quiet reflection and healing, while finding new friends in recovery. We are thankful to the families who entrust our counselors with the safety and welfare of their children. We are also grateful for our counselors, for their passion in showing these amazing kids that a sober life is one worth living and equipping them with the tools necessary to navigate the recovery process and life beyond our doors. Most of all, we are thankful for these youth who choose sobriety!
Class is Now in Session!
How can we support our children through back-to-school stress and monitor not only their physical health but also mental health during the year?

Click on the pic to read the August 21, 2019 drugfree.org article, 5 Things Parents Need to Know about Back to School & Mental Health , by Marjorie Morrison, CEO and President of Psych Hub.
Welcome to Rise Recovery!
Rich Scott, Program Director
We are pleased to announce Rich Scott as our new Program Director for Rise Recovery. Rich is a 23-year Veteran of the United States Army, a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A.) and the Naval Postgraduate School (M.A.). In 2007, he was selected to serve as a liaison to the interim Iraqi government and led the Reconciliation Cell which was tasked with restoring social and economic well-being for the Iraqi people. After Iraq, Rich spent much of his time working as a proponent for nonlethal approaches to conflict. Rich retired from the Army in 2011 and went on to serve as a defense contractor, project manager, and executive director. Rich and his family were able to experience first-hand the positive effects of the Rise Recovery programs just a few years ago. Now, as the Program Director, Rich is responsible for developing, managing and striving to continuously improve the delivery of Rise Recovery’s programs and services. Rich enjoys serving his community, spending time with his family and friends, and going camping and kayaking whenever he gets the chance.  We are blessed to have you aboard, Rich!
Rise Around Town
Expanding education and prevention through partnerships.
At Rise Recovery, one of our main components is educating others in the greater San Antonio area on substance use issues and recovery. Our learning environment supports mental health professionals, recovery paraprofessionals, health care providers, students and members of the recovery community. Whether it's at an event, a local school or university, or with the media, one aspect of Rise Recovery's mission is to "partner with the community in education and prevention." In August, three of our Youth counselors, Bea Blackmon (shown above), Nigel Cunningham-Williams and Roy Reina , visited and spoke to teachers from South Texas on addiction and other related youth-focused topics. Here's a letter we received after this meeting from Janet Realini with Healthy Futures of Texas:

On behalf of our Big Decisions Study team, I want to thank you for your presentations to our project high school teachers! We learned so much from y'all about the practical aspects of vaping among adolescents and what it might mean for both their mental and physical health. And Nigel's presentation gave us a very helpful understanding of addiction among adolescents in San Antonio--and your program to help them recover. Substance use takes such a tremendous toll on youth and families. 

The teachers from Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Carrizo Springs are envious that San Antonio has a program like yours. 

We really appreciate you. Many thanks!
Jan Realini
Janet Realini, MD, MPH | Founder & Big Decisions Study Principal Investigator
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