Why having an organization like H.E.A.L is important:
H.E.A.L provides a voice for people who feel like they don’t have one. With this ever growing epidemic at hand we need more organizations like H.E.A.L to fight and end the stigma. With the expressive therapy programs we hope to create in September, we will bring a new light to the traditional talk therapy by providing a creative outlet for addicts and their families. People need another way to cope with their issues and our expressive therapy programs will do just that. It’s important to realize that Addiction is never the answer and that together we heal.
Andrea is the Program Director of H.E.A.L
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Two friends in less than a year and a half…I had enough. When Patrick came to me and asked for my help to kick-start our nonprofit, I pushed full-speed ahead. Sleepless nights filled with research and weighing the pros and cons. What could H.E.A.L do for our community that other organizations hadn’t already attempted? Andrea, Patrick, and I landed on the benefits of expressive therapies and went from there. Expressive therapies go beyond the 30-day treatment and talk-therapy. Activities like art and music delve into your subconscious, allowing you to channel even your deepest of emotions. The progress made from these classes might benefit members outside the limits of the space in which you are able to create. Expressive therapy pushes people to talk and work things out, not just within themselves, but with their loved ones as well. H.E.A.L is different compared to other organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area because treatment is not just geared toward the recovering addict, but towards their families as well. Everyone around addiction is affected by it, however,
You were meant to live a life of wonder, free from the trappings of addiction.
You need to know your story is important, and there is something bigger than this.
You need to know your life matters, and that there are people who care. You are loved.
Our philosophy is that “together we heal”. No one should fight their battles alone. By bringing the community together, we make the change we wish to see in the world. We are just people healing people. No one is better than the other. We are equals. We know pain is very real, but hope is real, too. Help is real. Recovery is hard. Recovery is beautiful. Recovery is worth it.
Regina is the Development Director of H.E.A.L
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I’ve gained my drive to join this fight throughout many years of losing friends and family, and my own struggles with addiction. I’ve watched friends climb the ladder to recovery, only to fall. Some get to return to the climb, yet, so many do not. My hope is for H.E.A.L to become the rungs to make that ladder stronger, so that positive goals, recovery, and a joyous end to the climb can be achieved.
Kristen is the Outreach Director of H.E.A.L
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Join Kristen in next week’s edition, as she shares her story of addiction with Dear Angels!)
Addiction affects me because it’s affected my loved ones. It was difficult to deal with the struggle and loss, but it is also hard to accept that I am not the only one who has been hurt by these demons. The monster affects almost every single person I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. H.E.A.L is important to me because it gives me a chance to make a difference and to help someone who needs help fighting their battle. We can win this, together.
Raul is the Rehabilitation Director of H.E.A.L
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What addiction means to me and how it has affected my life is not an easy one to answer. If you know me, you know addiction has run in my family through generations and even my immediate family has and still suffers from overcoming addiction. For me, it’s a process. It’s kind of like the good and bad Angel’s on my shoulders whispering to me to just let it be or help. Thankfully, I have had the courage and strength inside me to look at addiction as an obstacle that life throws at you and know every hurdle I surpass just gets me closer to satisfying what I want out of life. I take time to meditate my feelings, love myself and show love to others. I get up every morning optimistic of what the day holds. When something stressful happens like getting cut off in traffic or seeing my toddler have a melt down, I just smile and take a deep breathe. Listening to my thoughts before I react. Do I want to let the anger or frustration overcome my current happiness? Do I want to feel guilty for taking so many steps back when I’ve finally made it to the mile marker? No way! You can let addiction take over you if you LET it but you can also LET loving yourself take over. And that’s how I handle the addiction surrounding my life. Because seeing your loved ones in pain is not worth it and I know I am that glue that holds us together. We all hold the glue to make our lives better and as long as I remember that, I know addiction cannot affect me for the worse.
Mallory is an Art Therapist for H.E.A.L
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