Recovery is full of triumphant stories.
For us, it started with sticky notes on the wall as we were navigating substance use/addiction in our family, what was working what wasn’t working, what I believed vs what I was being told, what I was feeling, what I was learning. The sticky notes made their way out into the open as our story made its way out into the open and our community embraced us in our struggle with active addiction.
The recovery community began to show its face and its power which gave us strength, knowledge, solutions and the belief that recovery was not only possible but probable. I was invited to a Family Education Meeting in Richmond, VA where professionals, providers and sometimes families in recovery came and gave presentations on topics relevant to families and the impact on families. Everyone left with actionable solutions, a feeling of connection and better understanding of how to help the person you love and yourself. It was exactly what I was searching for.
I didn’t even understand what “Recovery” was until we were well on the path. While in my own healing process I discovered how deeply I’d been impacted by active addiction in my family. By beginning the healing and recovery process as a mother, then diligently following guidance, unhooking from the patterns and responses that were keeping us sick and devoting to whole family recovery, we were able to change the way addiction was treated in our family and create an environment that supported recovery for our loved one and all of us really.
I feel that the millions of families struggling need far more support, guidance, care and easy access to recovery and what I’ve been privileged to learn, practice and experience as a mother of a young person in recovery and a recovered family.
After attending the ARHE (Association for Recovery in Higher Education) ARS (Association for Recovery Schools) Conference, I felt called to create something as abundant, educational, informational, connected and easily accessible for families. I am a big believer in the “meet them where they are” philosophy. I felt a virtual platform would be the most efficient way to reach the most families and share Family Recovery.
Along the way, Pam Lanhart and I connected, partnered up and got to work on our mission to empower and heal families by uplifting, amplifying, sharing, teaching and guiding Family Recovery . We went from one 30 day virtual event to this platform in just 9 months with many ways to engage in the learning, healing and practice of recovery. We are so glad you are here. Let's recover together.
Your return to family well being, peace and good health starts now.
Shelly Young & Pam Lanhart
Founders and Hosts of FamilyRx
(formerly The Family Recovery Conference)