With September being recovery month, The Watershed set out to commemorate with their first ever Recovery Rocks event to celebrate the recovery of the residents. The night had an amazing turnout, being packed with residents and employees of The Watershed paying tribute to their newfound life of freedom while remembering those we have lost to the disease of addiction.
The Recovery Rocks event took place outside The Watershed Residence and began with speakers that emphasized on the turmoil that addiction caused them to create in their lives. Each resident was then given the opportunity to come up to a table where candles were available to light in memory and honor of all those affected by the disease. Residents jumped forward immediately and lit the candles to pay their respects. “We know at one point how we tried to grasp life,” a speaker shared. “At one point we were at our lowest.” It was then highlighted that after reaching this breaking point in the pit of addiction, triumph can reign in recovery and no struggle has to ever become so powerful that strength cannot be found to overcome it.
The Watershed’s Alumni Department Manager Rebecca Balko wrote and announced a speech entitled, “The Cornerstone” that compared the heavy weight that addiction can bring to that of a bag of rocks, “drastically hindering any hope of progress.” Rebecca explained the significance of the title of her speech, expressing that the cornerstone is the first stone placed during the building of a structure. It is the foundation of the entire project and is often valued because of its significance. With this in mind, each resident was invited up to the front table to personalize rocks that were painted in bold shades of teal, blue, and gold. There were permanent markers left for each person to write a brief personal message on the front of the rock with their sobriety date added on the back if they wished to. Some people chose to write inspirational recovery words like serenity, love, and peace. The residents then had the option of receiving a written copy of Rebecca’s speech along with their signature at the bottom and the message that they chose to write on their rock. The residents then placed their painted rocks where they would stay to help give hope to all those in the recovery community now and in the future.
Importance of Coming Together
It’s important that recovering addicts and alcoholics come together to remember where addiction can bring the sick and suffering. Recovery doesn’t promise that life will be perfect or free from all problems. Matters may become difficult and situations may arise that are tough to deal with, but recovery means learning safer ways to solve thinking problems. Coming together is a great way to support one another and signify that no addict has to go through the recovery process alone. Another important piece to remember is that recovery is supposed to be fun too! Getting together with new friends and actually being able to remember the time spent together is a true gift of recovery.
The Watershed is an excellent treatment facility that will guide you every step of the way toward recovery. Beginning with detox leading all the way to sober living, the addiction treatment center has the process organized during every stage of the way for the addict who desires to recover. The staff is caring and compassionate, coordinating events like Recovery Rocks during Recovery Month to celebrate life and keep residents motivated to maintain a safe but fun sobriety.
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