Reflection of Recovery

home-of-new-vision-recovery I met Sherman Stennis in January of 2014. Mr. Stennis was my first client as a Peer Recovery Coach at Home of New Vision (HNV). I noticed right away that he was on fire for recovery.

Sherman has a history of over forty years in dealing with addiction. It was blatantly obvious that he was ready to change his life style so we immediately started working a viable recovery plan. He would attend a Men’s Group here at the agency that I facilitated, and attend twelve step meetings of his choice throughout the course of the week. Sherman also had an awesome team of HNV professionals working with him which included a therapist, case manager, and other supports (the professionals here at HNV love being around him because he has a very magnetic personality and has a positive impact on everyone he comes into contact with).

During the entire time, he lived in the shelter at the Delonis Center with no income, but he continued to stay centered in recovery with a positive attitude in the face of tremendous adversity. I had the amazing experience to present Sherman with his one year medallion at a twelve step meeting on December 4th, 2014.

Currently, Sherman has obtained employment at a non-profit organization in downtown Ann Arbor where his coworkers love him dearly. Sherman has also, as of two weeks ago, moved out of the Delonis Center into his own home. I asked Sherman what he liked the most about his new place to live, he replied, “I’m at peace.”

Every system in Sherman’s life is recovery oriented and he is a shining example of what living drug free is all about. He has followed the recovery plan that we have created specifically for him to a T, and the results are clear; Sherman Stennis has found a way out of the horrors of addiction. I’m very proud of the him and the work that we have done as a team.

In closing, I asked Sherman how he was able to do what he did, and his answer was so simplistic that it borders on the profound, “I had amazing support.”

Written by Philip Corp, CRC

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