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STOPP-E Achievement Celebration

Posted by medpin@aol.com on September 16, 2016 at 10:30 PM

 

Maintaining sobriety after completing residential treatment can be challenging for most. Adjusting to a sober life and staying motivated are just two of the many challenges people face. Every day you get the opportubity to acknowledge and celebrate your success maintaining abstinence or alcohol or drug free.

 

On September 16, 2016, Borinquen's STOPP-E substance abuse program recognized and celebrated along side program participants who have been clean and sober for over 6 months. STOPP-E counselors and outreach specialists, served lunch, raffled prizes and honored those individuals who are on their recovery journey.

 

As i look around the room i see a variety of faces, White, Black, American, Hispanic, young and old. They differ in race and ethnicity, and all have different lifestyles and experiences throughout their lives. However they all share on thing in common and that is what joins them together, addiction.

 

After having lunch, The Stopp-E team invited whoever felt comfortable to share their struggle with drugs or alcohol, consequences that they faced and how their lives have changed since they started the process of recovery. what follows is a piece of their journey.

 

Darrell, a black 53 year old male began using drugs and alcohol for about half of his life. He described how his drug use did not allow him to see he needed help. Drugs controlled his life and kept him stuck in a vicious cycle. He was so deep in the addiction he was unable to get out and would deny any help offered by those around him. He continued repeating over and over the same vicious patterns that kept him stuck in the addiction. After many years of not helping himself or allowing others to help, one day he says he got tired. He decided to look for the help on his own that had been offered many times. He took the first step and began the recovery process. Now, with almost a year clean, he realizes how things have changed for him. With a smile on his face he says, "Now I see a bigger picture." He proudly shows a certificate he recently received. He looks over to Don Crews, outreach specialist and says, "Don is a big part of this." Darrell explained how outreach goes into known drug filled neighborhoods and connects with those on the street. Don offers condoms and help those who are ready begin taking steps towards recovery. "No matter how many times you tell him no or give him excuses he continues trying, he laughs. Darrell finishes by thanking the entire STOPP-E team for their support and allowing him to be part of the achievement celebration. "I am a part of this crew"

 

The 2nd person to share their story is Nichelle. She is a 48 year old black female who detailed her fight with addiction and described what it physically did to her. "the disease had me all caught up, I snorted so much cocaine, I had a hole through my nose and the top of my mouth". She began using since a young age. Throughout the years, She tried getting clean many times. It was either because others pushed her to go into rehabilitation or it was court mandated due to legal consequences. She had been in and out of several drug rehabilitation programs but never did she complete any of the . She was just not ready and did not put any effort in recovery. She would comply for a few days or weeks and when she had to face the reality of being sober she'd give up and take off. "I could dress up the outside but I needed to fix the inside." Six months ago something changed. On her own, she made the choice to "fix herself from the inside out!" She did something different, something she had not done before. She took the first step towards the recovery journey, and got help. She began with outpatient and continued to residential. One day at a time and step by step all pieces began to fall into place. Nichelle thanked Emanuella Fleurimont, STOPP-E counselor intern, for supporting her since the first day when she was enrolled in STOPP-E. "Emmanuella followed up on me, she called me just to ask how I was doing, and showed me she cared unconditionally." Nichelle came accompanied by friends who are supporting her through her journey. She has learned the benefits of staying sober and building positive and healthy relationships. Its a tough journey but with sufficient support chances of staying sober are greater. With great emotion she finishes by sharing, "I'm grateful you have allowed me to be a part of this program, the STOPP-E program."

 

Martin Pierce, one of Nichelle's guests asked if he could say a few words. He expressed he was not an addict himself, however has been surrounded by plenty of family and friends who struggle with addiction in his 84 years. He spoke about the importance of having someone unconditionally. He attested to Nichelle's progress and seen how the STOPP-E program, has helped positive affected her.

 

In this achievement celebration the entire STOPP-E team would like to recognize all of those who have successfully completed and graduated from the STOPP-E program. They are Darryll Burchett, Nichelle Miller, Harlow Howell, Chippetria Adams, and Anthony Dishmey.

Maintaining sobriety after completing residential treatment can be challenging for most. Adjusting to a sober life and staying motivated are just two of the many challenges people face. Every day you get the opportubity to acknowledge and celebrate your success maintaining abstinence or alcohol or drug free.

 

On September 16, 2016, Borinquen's STOPP-E substance abuse program recognized and celebrated along side program participants who have been clean and sober for over 6 months. STOPP-E counselors and outreach specialists, served lunch, raffled prizes and honored those individuals who are on their recovery journey.

 

As i look around the room i see a variety of faces, White, Black, American, Hispanic, young and old. They differ in race and ethnicity, and all have different lifestyles and experiences throughout their lives. However they all share on thing in common and that is what joins them together, addiction.

 

After having lunch, The Stopp-E team invited whoever felt comfortable to share their struggle with drugs or alcohol, consequences that they faced and how their lives have changed since they started the process of recovery. what follows is a piece of their journey.

 

Darrell, a black 53 year old male began using drugs and alcohol for about half of his life. He described how his drug use did not allow him to see he needed help. Drugs controlled his life and kept him stuck in a vicious cycle. He was so deep in the addiction he was unable to get out and would deny any help offered by those around him. He continued repeating over and over the same vicious patterns that kept him stuck in the addiction. After many years of not helping himself or allowing others to help, one day he says he got tired. He decided to look for the help on his own that had been offered many times. He took the first step and began the recovery process. Now, with almost a year clean, he realizes how things have changed for him. With a smile on his face he says, "Now I see a bigger picture." He proudly shows a certificate he recently received. He looks over to Don Crews, outreach specialist and says, "Don is a big part of this." Darrell explained how outreach goes into known drug filled neighborhoods and connects with those on the street. Don offers condoms and help those who are ready begin taking steps towards recovery. "No matter how many times you tell him no or give him excuses he continues trying, he laughs. Darrell finishes by thanking the entire STOPP-E team for their support and allowing him to be part of the achievement celebration. "I am a part of this crew"

 

The 2nd person to share their story is Nichelle. She is a 48 year old black female who detailed her fight with addiction and described what it physically did to her. "the disease had me all caught up, I snorted so much cocaine, I had a hole through my nose and the top of my mouth". She began using since a young age. Throughout the years, She tried getting clean many times. It was either because others pushed her to go into rehabilitation or it was court mandated due to legal consequences. She had been in and out of several drug rehabilitation programs but never did she complete any of the . She was just not ready and did not put any effort in recovery. She would comply for a few days or weeks and when she had to face the reality of being sober she'd give up and take off. "I could dress up the outside but I needed to fix the inside." Six months ago something changed. On her own, she made the choice to "fix herself from the inside out!" She did something different, something she had not done before. She took the first step towards the recovery journey, and got help. She began with outpatient and continued to residential. One day at a time and step by step all pieces began to fall into place. Nichelle thanked Emanuella Fleurimont, STOPP-E counselor intern, for supporting her since the first day when she was enrolled in STOPP-E. "Emmanuella followed up on me, she called me just to ask how I was doing, and showed me she cared unconditionally." Nichelle came accompanied by friends who are supporting her through her journey. She has learned the benefits of staying sober and building positive and healthy relationships. Its a tough journey but with sufficient support chances of staying sober are greater. With great emotion she finishes by sharing, "I'm grateful you have allowed me to be a part of this program, the STOPP-E program."

 

Martin Pierce, one of Nichelle's guests asked if he could say a few words. He expressed he was not an addict himself, however has been surrounded by plenty of family and friends who struggle with addiction in his 84 years. He spoke about the importance of having someone unconditionally. He attested to Nichelle's progress and seen how the STOPP-E program, has helped positive affected her.

 

In this achievement celebration the entire STOPP-E team would like to recognize all of those who have successfully completed and graduated from the STOPP-E program. They are Darryll Burchett, Nichelle Miller, Harlow Howell, Chippetria Adams, and Anthony Dishmey.

Categories: Motivation, Recovery, STOPP-E

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