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Celebrate Recovery Event A Success

September 19, 2019

Ken Sann, a mental health and certified alcohol and drug counselor at Foundations, recently was interviewed about Green Bay’s Celebrate Recovery event on September 4, 2019. The event was part of the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month.

 Question:

Tell me about the recent Celebrate Recovery event in Green Bay on September 4.

Ken:

The local event was part of a national event to celebrate people who are in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs. It was an outdoor celebration with fellowship, live music, and refreshments. It’s important to celebrate the hard work and effort that people in recovery put into their wellbeing every day. It’s empowering that we recognize that recovery can happen.

Question:

Can you tell me about some of the struggles that people in recovery face in our community?

Ken:

In our community, there isn’t a lot to do that doesn’t circle around drinking. It’s tough for people to find activities that are healthy replacements to drinking alcohol. We are taking steps to change that. There’s an annual golf outing that is alcohol free. Other efforts are being made, and that’s important for people to have continued success in recovery.

Question:

What excited you about the event?

Ken:

I’m really proud that Green Bay is part of a larger movement. It’s motivating to see both local and state leaders attend this event. Police officers, county employees, advocates from Madison. It’s inspiring to see people come together to support one another through recovery.

Question:

In addition to more activities for people in recovery, where do you see the challenges for people in recovery?

Ken:

It’s important that early in the recovery process, people reduce their temptations by surrounding themselves with people who support their recovery. For friends and family, not pressuring people in recovery is critical. Once people start down the path to recovery, resources are needed to help support continued success. Often, when people stop drinking, for example, they may need to address their underlying mental health issues. So, it may seem like things get worse before they get better. As a therapist, I and other therapists at our clinic work with people in recovery, as well as those who may be struggling with addiction.  Connection is part of recovery, and I’m here to help people develop the skills to connect with their friends, families, community in a way that supports recovery and a healthy life. I’m passionate about giving people education about recovery.

To learn more about Ken’s therapy philosophy and to make an appointment, visit HERE.

Categorized in: Addiction, General, Mental Health, Recovery

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