A resource event for those in recovery from substance misuse is planned for Saturday at Lila Swaim Park in Jonesville. Local minister Elisa Bryant of Mt. Nebo church in Jonesville is helping to organize the event. She said it is, in part, a way to recognize and celebrate those who have taken the first steps in acknowledging that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol and offer resources for assistance.
“We want to acknowledge them and encourage them to keep going further,” Bryant said.
Bryant battled addition for 18 years. She offers a unique perspective as she can identify with problems others are facing as they struggle with substance misuse. Her church also offers a Christian-based peer support group.
Organizations that will be represented at the event include Rebuilding Lives Ministry – Mt. Nebo Church, YVEDDI – Domestic Violence, Head Start, Transportation, Insight Human Services – Prevention Initiatives, S.F.A.E – Substance Abuse Family Education, NC Vocational Rehabilitation, Surry Community College, Easter Seals UCP, Daymark Recovery Services, Alcohol Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, PAL – Support group for Parents with addicted Loved ones, Dr. Johnson – otolaryngologist (hearing doctor), Choose Life Counseling – Substance Use, Surry and Yadkin County Health and Nutrition, PATH – previously SCAN, SHAHC, Shepherd’s House, Alpha Acres and Fifth Street Ministries – Statesville Homeless shelter.
“These providers will explain their service. Our hope is to address the whole health care to promote wellness and empower folks to take a step forward to change for the better. This should give an example of all the services available and caring in our area,” Bryant said.
“This event was initiated from the desire to promote hope to individuals, families, and the community,” she added.”There are folks who desire help and may be afraid to ask for help, who do not know where to go to receive help, or may not know they are eligible for services. With all displays of chaos within our homes and communities, we must enforce, provide, and promote a difference in the way life ought to be lived. Your situation cannot get better without effort, but, you do not have to do it alone. You deserve to live a life of hopefulness as the next person. We all may have faced something that seemed to take control of our lives, but each day brings a greater chance to overcome.”
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.