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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 Continue reading


A Fight Worth Getting Into!

We understand that right about now (the day before Thanksgiving), things start getting crazy. So… if you’re going to fight this holiday season, here’s A Fight Worth Getting Into!
We wish you joy, happiness and a stress free holiday!
Tons of Love,
Home of New Vision

A Fight Worth Getting Into

Horticultural Therapy

horticultural-therapy We’ve all heard of the magazine Better Homes and Gardens. We tend to see a copy of the magazine or a gardening magazine of some sort in the waiting room of our doctor’s office or at the grocery store in the checkout lane. Unless you are into gardening, you might only pick it up and browse through it out of boredom or maybe the thought of having your own garden has crossed your mind at some point. Well here’s an opportunity to get involved with gardening if you are interested… At Home of New Vision, we have plots at Growing Hope which is a community garden for clients to take part in.

Being an intern at Home of New Vision, I have been assigned to research the benefits of gardening or horticultural therapy. Turns out there are many benefits and I never Continue reading

Nature or Nurture

My grandmother is 101 years old. Born in 1913, she is the rock star of 101 year olds (of course there isn’t a lot of competition.) She knows how to work hard, how to teach a lesson and how to learn one. She loves God and her church and no one was ever surer of their place in heaven. At 99 years old, she pulled up stakes, left her lifelong home and moved to Michigan without a backward glance. Her stories are rich; peppered with “little house on the prairie” tales about growing up in the rural south during the early 1900’s. One of the most extraordinary features of her extraordinary life is that she has never had a sip of alcohol. That’s because her father ran moonshine when she Continue reading

Overdose Prevention Training for Professionals and Stakeholders

I went to my first MCBAP Training recently and it was a much better experience than I had anticipated. I come from an art background and found by being behind the scenes, I was able to see the professionals who work in this field sincerely care about people and what happens to them (which made me feel even better when I walk into my therapist’s office!). I was interested in the subject, but didn’t exactly know what to expect. Curtis Thornton, LMSW, CAADC, SAP, Clinical Director at Home of New Vision was quite entertaining in his delivery of knowledge and changed-up his methods throughout the day to educate us. Honestly, I was impressed by the entertainment to educational training ratio and I can’t wait for the Overdose Prevention Training.

On a side note, I understand that many of you get certain types of credits for attending trainings. This particular one is pending MCBAP credits, however, Overdose Prevention Training for Professionals Continue reading

Find Your Path to Recovery – Part 2

Can’t get to a meeting?
Looking to add to your recovery plan?
Do you have a friend or family member who wants to know more about what you’re going through?

There are an unlimited amount of online resources on addiction and recovery. Keep in mind that many internet sources have no oversight, so be careful. Here are a few credible Continue reading

Turns out being a square peg isn’t so bad after all

Growing up, despite my middle class socioeconomic status, I always felt like something was missing. I would go to school every day just to be tormented and ridiculed. My classmates would say “you’re too fat”, “too ugly”, “gross”, “too tall”, “too stupid”, and the list goes on and on. As a middle school student, I contemplated suicide more than one time because I never felt like I belonged. I wanted to fit in, but always felt like a square peg in a round hole. My family was loving and supportive but I always thought that they had to be because we were related. I would think, “If I could just get one friend then I would be happy.” I found out later that these thoughts and feelings would prove false, as it was not just friendship I was looking for. Something else was missing. Continue reading