A Program of Action

     Greetings! I'm Annissa B. the Executive Director at The Way Out SLH. I wanted to blog a little bit today about taking action in recovery. Long before I ever got sober I made the decision to stop using drugs and alcohol. Of course, a decision by itself, does not lead to results. I continued to use and could not understand why nothing ever changed for the better. As a matter of fact, it continuously got worse. Asking for help was not enough either. It wasn't until action was taken on my part that anything changed. Being told how to do better isn't the same as doing better. I had to follow through. Once I determined that I could not go on living this way any longer I began a program of action. That is when the miracle happened. There are steps involved, it is a process. At first it was very difficult. They told me I had to change everything about myself. Who I hung around, how I thought, where I went. Then they gave me the tools to do that. Through taking the appropriate action I have learned to be responsible for my own behavior. 

     So often I have witnessed others, usually during a crisis brought on by their usage, swear off of it. They state this time it will be different, so on and so forth, only to continue to do the same things and expect different results. Taking action is the catalyst for change. I could not have done it alone. I had a lot of help from many good people along the way, of that there is no doubt. However, I took the suggestions that were given to me and applied them to my daily living. Today, I am proud to say, I have done a complete 180. I am living sober. So can you. Do not hesitate to contact me if you want to know how. Thanks for reading!


Not in my backyard.....

Our fledgling organization recently held a town meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce us to the public, and answer any questions they may have. I myself was not able to attend as I had to work, but I of course was filled in by Annissa Brown, my wife.

The majority of the meeting was positive I was told, with a couple of exceptions. We have set our sights on a particular property as a potential residence for our sober living home. A couple of neighbors showed up and protested this. They agreed it was needed in our town, but not next to them. Our property values will plummet they protested and to be honest, I'm not sure they made any other complaints.

The real reason of course is the nature of our society, and our views on addiction in particular , and mental illness in general. No one in the United States of America will tell you the "War on Drugs" has been anything but a complete failure. The Mexican border is a hotbed of smuggling and cartel crime. Drugs are more readily available and cheaper in our country then they have ever been. Still, some will shrug and say it isn't my problem, I don't care, keep it out of my sight, that is what we have police for.

I believe differently. So do the good folks in Frankfort, IN. The overwhelming support we have received from the Mayor, the prosecutor, the sheriff, probation, and several other key city agencies has advanced our project at least a year. The public have joined in as well. Addicts are not trash, they are not criminals, and they are not meant to be brushed into the shadows of the city so no one has to realize the problem exists. They are human beings. There is a concrete solution for the disease they suffer from. They just need a helping hand finding it and living it. I myself stand up and say, I will pass on what was so freely given to me. Join me, together we can show those who suffer the most in our community, that there is a Way Out.