Recovery Stories

RNNK

I found Recovery Network just after being released from prison. I was homeless. RNNK staff helped me get clothes, a state ID, housing and a job. They walked me through the process to get treatment for my mental illness. Today I have an apartment of my own, I am employed (with benefits!) and work with a therapist and take my medication regularly. With help from RNNK, when I needed it the most, I have been able to accomplish much in a short time. It’s reassuring that I can go back to them for help any time I need it.”        
Thomas, RNNK Participant

 

Compeer

Pat contacted MHA's Clinton County Compeer in 2007. While being a care giver to a man with terminal cancer, she met one of his friends... Emma.   Emma was very close to him and had been helping to care for him. Pat felt, that in addition to providing medical needs assistance to this gentleman, she could provide emotional support and friendship to Emma during this difficult time.
Emma and Pat were matched as Compeer friends in December 2007 and continue to be supportive of each other's needs.

Last November, Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer.   Pat has been by her side, many hours each day, taking care of her friend.   She has taken her to doctor appointments, advocated for her and helped Emma in so many other ways.  In April, Emma had a mastectomy but is now on the road to recovery!
 
Pat would be the first to tell you that Emma blesses her as much as she blesses Emma.   "Pat has a heart of gold. Compassion fills her heart and motivates everything that she does," stated Michelle Rolf, Compeer Director in Warren and Clinton Counties.  This local program is very fortunate to have many volunteers, like Pat, that dedicate their time and friendship to help people with mental illness live happier, healthier, more productive lives.

 

Mental Health Community Supports

"It has been a while since I have last attended.  Things are going very well for me.  In early June I accepted a position to work at Yellowstone National Park for the summer.  It has been a great experience.  The weather, scenery, animal life and just the general atmosphere of the park has been so beneficial to me.  I go on a lot of hikes and have met people from all over the country and from around the world.  From here, in early October, I plan to go work at the Grand Canyon.

I just wanted to let you know how beneficial the group was to me.  The support I received got me through some very tough times. I work very hard and use a lot of what I learned from the group to keep myself in the right frame of mind.  The group gave me a lot of perspective and I learned a lot about myself from attending. Thanks for all that you have done and for what you do."

Email from a Depression Support Group member. He had been living at home with his parents due to his inability to work because of his depression. After attending group for about a year and accessing referrals provided, he was able to apply himself and find meaningful employment and a healthy lifestyle.

 

Substance Abuse Wrap Around

A 49 year old male who had been drinking “only” beer for about 36 years, finally realized he might have a problem after getting his second DUI.Screenings indicated he did have an alcohol problem, and showed signs of Bipolar Disorder. An evaluation by North Key verified this.Dan entered Rehab for his substance use disorder at Droege, and continued to see NorthKey for mental health support. He has now graduated Droege, completed their Aftercare program, and will graduate Mental Health Court's Program in one week. He is now over 1 year sober!Unfortunately Dan lost his Mother of July 4. She did see him achieve his 1 year sober success. Another mile-marker is that even with all his grief of her loss, Dan did not take a drink. Dan has a good job, his own house, and is preparing to take our “PRIME FOR LIFE” course so he can get his drivers license back. HE IS TRULY ENJOYING RECOVERY!!.