Outpatient Update – July 2023
Carah Gatchie, Outpatient Counselor
In my 4 short months at Emerge, I have been fortunate enough to have met several people at different places in their recovery journey, with some allowing me to be a part of that process. Since I first learned about Emerge, I knew this was something different. This was a place that offered hope and all the resources to maintain recovery under one roof. While working with our clients, I have been able to witness the light within them recognize they are worth recovery, and that recovery is possible. The amount of love and support within these walls is something that is unexplainable until it is experienced. Because of this, individuals feel comfortable beginning their recovery journey which can be vulnerable, worrisome, overwhelming, and stressful. As part of our daily check-in during group, clients are asked to identify what they are grateful for; It never fails that Emerge makes that gratitude list. Clients continue to share their excitement about the services Emerge has to offer, including our Trades Initiative. Because of that, I am grateful to be a part of an organization that is making a positive change within the recovery community to help bridge the gap of needed services. As a clinical team, we are currently serving approximately 40 clients. I have worked with men and women identifying and working through their childhood trauma, resentments, harm they have caused their families while in active addiction, legal issues, and ones that are on the path to regaining custody of their children. A common barrier individuals continue to face in their recovery journey is self-forgiveness. Through counseling, our team is able to start the process of introducing positive coping skills and connecting individuals with support to begin to manage these uncomfortable feelings and issues.
For more information on Emerge, to donate or get involved contact Elaine Bonner, Director of Philanthropy at Emerge at 937.974.6120 or visit www.emergerecoverytrade.com