News from Springs Recovery Connection
April 29, 2020
Springs Recovery Connection Mission
To strengthen the recovery community through peer and family support, public education and advocacy.
Understanding Addiction:
New Insights into the Causes of Addiction

Addiction involves craving for something intensely, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences. Addiction changes the brain, first by subverting the way it registers pleasure and then by corrupting other normal drives such as learning and motivation. Although breaking an addiction is tough, it can be done.

What is Peer Support?
SRC is a peer-focused grassroots organization, offering free coaching services and community resources to people seeking recovery. Peer recovery coaches are people who have been successful in the recovery process and help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer coaches help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Springs Recovery Connection coaches are certified through CCAR and other credentialing agencies at state and national levels.

Recovery Hero: Chassity Lemuel
My name is Chassity Lemuel. I have been in sustained recovery from alcohol since November 17, 2016. In my recovery, what I am most proud of is finding the true me. Because of alcohol, I was lost for so many years. I never wanted to be vulnerable, I never wanted to show my weaknesses, and I never wanted to fail. It was my biggest fear. Recovery has taught me all of those things are okay, and I am who I am meant to be and it’s okay to fall down. It’s what you do when you get back up that makes the difference. At one point in my recovery, I was one month sober and was given two weeks to live. My addiction had caught up to me, and my liver and kidneys were failing along with the rest of my body. I had a choice to either give up and die or fight my hardest to live. The next two years of my life proved to be two of the worst years of my life, but it taught me grace, compassion, and empathy — everything I was lacking in my addiction. I had been looked down on and judged by so many doctors, nurses, every professional healthcare worker. In the end, I proved them all wrong and I am living proof that no matter how bad it gets, there is always a way out with help. I am currently working towards my State certification for peer coaching, and I love what I am doing. Talking people through maybe one of the worst days in their life and letting them know they are not alone in this journey is one of the best feelings, and it also helps in my recovery. These people count on me, and I am not going to let them down. Life is amazing. I really couldn’t ask for more.

Thank you Chassity!
How you can support recovery from home.
Because of COVID-19, SRC is receiving three times our regular number of calls. We have added staff members and additional hours at SRC. We expect the upswing in alcohol consumption combined with isolation to increase the number of people seeking help. Your donation of $20, $50 or $100 will help us continue to make an impact on substance use disorder and the people affected by it.
Connect to HOPE with a Coach

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ALL RECOVERY w Luke and Sparkle

(Community Reinforcement and Family Training)
Family Group w Peggy
Springs Recovery Connection
1930 W. Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904