Anchors Away!!

By Jim Gillen

As the leaves begin to turn and the chill is in the air, fall is always an interesting time for me.

Looking back on the most successful Recovery Month in the State’s history, there are so many memories and people to thank. We are fortunate to have the support of the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). Big thumbs up to Director Craig Stenning and his staff.

So, as the seasons change (and they always do!) fall was always intriguing and sometimes scary. It was a time when the new school year was in full effect, the days were shorter and that hinky feeling of fall and the knowledge that winter was right behind it were very powerful images for me growing up.

As we go into the time that in the treatment and recovery world is sometimes referred to as hurricane season, “Hurricane Season” is the time from Thanksgiving till New Years. It is a time that can be especially trying, lonely, tempting, and yes, scary for the person trying to hold on to recovery.

I can totally relate to that sentiment, as all of my past “sobriety dates” were within the same week of November…hmmmm.

So what is with The Anchor? The Anchor is the State of RI’s first Recovery Community Center, located on Main Street in downtown Pawtucket (near the Y).

What things?  Support groups, 12 Step meetings, trainings, social events, telephone recovery support, recovery coaching, faith based recovery supports, a small library and lounge area, computers. In a nutshell, peer-to-peer recovery support!

RICARES, our State Recovery Community Organization will have a daily presence there as well! It will be the home of Recovery Month, year round.

People recover from many things and should not be defined by their illness. We are people first and the value of peers helping peers can’t be beat.

So, an anchor holds things in place, is steady and strong…

Anchors Away! Official opening date for The Anchor Recovery Community Center is 12-2-10 … see you then!

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