Voices of Recovery
September is National Recovery Month. Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. This year’s theme, “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community” reminds us that no one is alone in their journey through recovery. Everyone’s journey is different, but we are all in this together.
- Over 20 million Americans battle the disease of addiction every year – more than half of them struggle with mental health disorders as well.
- 2020 was the deadliest year on record with over 93,300 overdose deaths, averaging 250 each day – an increase of 30% over 2019.
- Nearly half of all adults have dealt with substance abuse in their families.
I came into St. Christopher’s in May of 2017. I had nothing except the clothes on my back. My spirit was broken, and I had nowhere to go. Something started to change within me during my 3 months stay. I slowly began to see the beauty in the world. My soul was coming to life and at some point, I became willing to change and began to envision a life of recovery for myself. SCI blessed me with hope. Hope is what kept me alive when I was lost. The day I separated I made a meeting the day I left. I have been clean since May 2017 and have an amazing life today. I have a wife with 2 kids, an amazing career and I own my own home today. None of this would be possible if I had decided NOT to walk into those doors that rainy day in May, 4 years ago. I look back on my time there with love and gratitude in my heart and continue to share my experience there with others seeking recovery. -Mark N. (St. Christopher’s Inn Alumni)
OVERCOMING GUILT & SHAME
Ellen Grant, LCSW, CASAC-MC, Assistant Director, Counseling & Shelter Services