Tag Archives: Substance Use Disorder

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


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

Nobody Wants to Admit Something Like This

Heroin use in our community is becoming an epidemic. Deaths from heroin overdoses are increasing to the point that even those of us who work in addiction treatment are having a hard time keeping track of how many people we are losing to overdose each week. Those who claim that there is not a heroin problem in our county are simply hiding their heads in the sand. There is overwhelming evidence that we have a profound heroin problem in our area. Pretending it doesn’t exist doesn’t make it less true.

Nobody wants to admit that something like this could be a serious concern in our beautiful city of Ann Arbor, much less in a bucolic community like Saline. The problem is, people still think that in order to be a heroin addict you must have chosen to run with an awful crowd or have been raised by abusive parents in the inner city. The fact is: it just ain’t so! These misconceptions make it difficult to believe that the same kid that makes honor roll 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

Stigma and Substance Use: What can we do?

Changing stigma

Let’s start with a definition. According to merriam-webster.com, “stigma is a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something.” So, negative and unfair are the two words that jump out at me. Stereotypes are defined as unfair beliefs that all people with the same characteristic are the same. Stereotypes feed stigma, and stigma perpetuates stereotypes, and regarding alcohol and substance abuse, both clearly exist in our public policies, practices, and in our culture. Stigma is so entrenched in our culture that despite evidence that substance abuse treatment works and people do recover, the stigma continues. The impact that stigma has on people who are using substances is tremendous. Continue reading

Find Your Path to Recovery – Part 1

Currently in Washtenaw County, there are several options for individuals who are interested in recovery from substance use disorder. These options are all part of an individual’s pathway to recovery. It is vital that communities and agencies promote and support multiple pathways to recovery.

“Individuals are unique with specific needs, strengths, goals, Continue reading