It’s been rejuvenating to read all the stories being shared as part of Recovery Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) annual effort to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. Being reminded of others successes is integral to creating an authentic atmosphere of hope for clinicians and their patients alike. We all feed off each other. That’s what community is about. In my 15-plus years as a licensed, clinical social worker I had the pleasure of seeing countless individuals find a way forward.
As my Netsmart colleagues (also former social workers) and I talked, we discovered that each of us had similar experiences. In the interest of stoking the flames of hope, we’ve chosen to share those stories here. One involves my interactions with a man battling schizophrenia.
A second comes from my co-worker Andrew Mersman, who counseled a young girl who was abused.
And finally, we’ll hear from my colleague Joe Kocsis who walked alongside a man who had turned to substance use to cope with a family tragedy.
Please feel free to share these stories individually or the blog as a whole. And remember, impossible is just a word.