On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR) and Friends of Recovery Vermont (FOR-VT) held our 19th annual Recovery Day at the Vermont State House.
The day was a real success filled with live music, recovery success stories, a powerful showcase from Writers for Recovery and presentations of Vermont’s recovery services.
Governor Scott administered a proclamation officially declaring the day as Recovery Day in Vermont and well deserved awards were given to leaders of Vermont’s recovery movement. They are as follows:
The Jack Barry Award: Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Health, Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs
Legislative Champion Award: Peter Fagan, House Appropriations Vice-Chair
Lifetime Achievement Award: Lee Larson, Former Friends of Recovery Advisory Board Chair
Recovery Time Celebration
We were thrilled with last weeks turnout to Recovery Day: Vermonters in recovery; family and friends of people in recovery and/or fighting the disease of addiction; treatment providers; recovery coaches; recovery center employees, volunteers and board members; legislators; substance abuse prevention consultants; and many other professionals working in the fields of addiction, recovery and mental health.
For Recovery Day we put together a survey to capture the total amount of recovery time in the room along with capturing what recovery means to each of the attendees at the event.
For those who completed the survey we had a total of 352 years, 8 months and 10 days of recovery in Room 11!
What Recovery Means to Me
We asked, you answered:
“It means living a life of integrity.”
“A new way to live, simply put.”
“Recovery means to me that I have been sober from all illegal substances. Six months into my recovery I entered the BAART Clinic in Berlin, Vermont. I learned about all different ways to recover, Pathways, meetings, counseling, and co-occurring disorders. I take responsibility for how I continue to recover.”
“Recovery means that I can live my life manageable. Without it I am sick.”
“Living a life of sobriety while working on continual improvement on all aspects of my life.”
“Recovery means I am free and safe for today. It means I am allowed to live and enjoy my life, family and friends to the fullest ability I am able to. Recovery means I can live through daily life struggles without the use of drugs. One day at a time.” – Crystal Raymond
“Recovery means having the freedom and ability to be the person I was meant to be. Recovery is possible!”
“The precious gift of life is what having and being in Recovery means to me. Without it, I wouldn’t have a life. I am grateful for my life in recovery.”
“Recovery means having my life back.”
“Healing every aspect of my life throughout my whole life.”
“Recovery means my life. No more existing, now I’m living!” – Tara Fish
“Freedom and Love.”
“Recover what is lost or what is missing.”
“Working to fight addiction and its causes; to stay clean and sober; to work toward mental and emotional wellbeing.”
“Freedom of choice.”
Your Participation is Powerful. Thank you.