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A Modern-Day Parable

In the bustling cityscape of a modern metropolis, a person journeyed from the heart of downtown to the outskirts. Along the busy urban thoroughfare, this person noticed an individual curled up in fetal position obviously a victim to repeated drugs and alcohol. Not knowing what to do or how to respond, the passerby kept going. No time to stop and help.

A well-known figure in the community happened upon the scene. Despite their influential position, the person chose to veer away, avoiding any involvement in the plight of the injured person. Shortly after, another respected member of society, recognized for their religious affiliation, followed suit, opting to distance themselves from the unfolding uncomfortable situation.

Then, unexpectedly, a stranger from Rise Up Recovery approached. This stranger was moved with compassion. Ignoring societal stigma attached and prejudices, they tended to the wounded individual. Applying first aid with basic resources, the compassionate stranger carefully tended to the injuries obvious on the outside, offering solace and care for the injury's unseen on the inside. Without hesitation, the Rise Up Recovery stranger used their own means of transportation to convey the injured person to a nearby medical facility, ensuring continued care and support.

We celebrate Valentine's Day this month. Lots of flowers and candy and cards. It feels good to belong to someone. It feels even better to show love, and belonging, to others.

Here are some "I belong" statements that are true of our how our staff at Rise Up Recovery treats others, all others.

I belong in a supportive community that understands and embraces my journey of recovery."

2. "I belong to a network of individuals who share similar experiences, providing mutual encouragement and understanding."

3. "I belong in an environment that promotes empathy, acceptance, and non-judgmental attitudes toward those in recovery."

4. "I belong to a community that recognizes the strength and resilience it takes to navigate the challenges of recovery."

5. "I belong in a space where my unique identity and personal growth in recovery are celebrated and valued."

6. "I belong among individuals who inspire hope and contribute to the collective strength of the recovery community."

7. "I belong to a community that promotes inclusivity, recognizing that everyone's recovery journey is valid and significant."

8. "I belong in an atmosphere that fosters connection, understanding, and a sense of purpose among individuals in recovery."

So, celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved ones. And when you do, remember we at Rise Up Recovery belong to each other, to our recovering individuals, and to you. It's who we are!

"But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was, and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day, he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have." 

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