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October 20, 2016:

Request for Proposal: pdfPsychiatric Services




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The Power of Connection and Perseverance


The Power of Connection and Perseverance

 
      When you see Sierra you might think she attends one of the local colleges or is enjoying time with her friends and family or is taking in the natural beauty of our area with her dog, Jezebel, as she is pictured here. You would be right with all of those guesses. She is also on a transformative journey towards healing and recovery.
You see this vivacious, energetic, optimistic 21 year old young woman has struggled with substance use, abuse and addiction since she was about 12 years old. As Sierra says “I have struggled with drugs for most of the time I can remember. It has been a part of most of my life. I had to grow up really fast and help out my family. I tried to take care of my parents and myself and this started in elementary school.”
      In thinking about it, Sierra thinks her addiction began before she was using drugs. “I got into that co-dependent pattern really, really early on in life. As I got into my teens I found other kids who were in the same kind of pattern. Everything was available to us and we were used to that kind of life. It was easy to use that curiosity and experience and it was easy to get into that behavior. My dad was very up front about how he wanted me to avoid problems like he had in the past, but both my parents were big enablers and I got good at manipulating them so I was thinking like an addict before I was addicted.”
      Sierra believes she learned a lot from her parents (pictured left) especially her dad. “The most important thing I learned was that my dad lost things in his life and in some ways he felt his life was delayed because of it. I think that is why my parents pushed me about school and getting an education because that was something that I think my dad felt he missed out on because he dropped out of school. They wanted me to focus on school and my future but my head was not there.”
     In talking about her history she said it all seemed pretty typical. “It started with pot and wine coolers and it was something everyone else was doing. I had a lot of anxiety and I tried to medicate myself with pot and Xanax and alcohol. Then I got into cocaine and then I really understood I was addicted. I started stealing from my family and that got me involved in Felony Drug Court.” Sierra is grateful for drug court, “I will be moving to phase 3 [final phase] soon. They stuck by me too.”
     Sierra talks about her moment of clarity, “it was when my dad bolted his windows to keep me out and bought a safe and my mom wouldn’t answer her door. Being homeless and having no place to go got me thinking this is really bad but sitting in jail really was an eye opener but it was CARS and Dorothy [Radcliff] and Ann Lewis who really worked on me to get me into treatment. The whole organization really helped me. It was incredible. The lengths they went to get me help were amazing. CARS even worked to get me Medicaid. I finally started to realize there is a better way to live. I had to learn how to live like an adult. My biggest problem was becoming complacent. I got discharged from the CARS’ residential program because of that but got into outpatient rehab and got focused on living one day at a time. Eventually I went to St. Joe’s in Saranac Lake. They had a great mindfulness based relapse prevention program. I then went to CARS’ Supportive Living Program. Now I can’t imagine picking up. I have so much I am grateful for that using is not an option. Now I meditate instead of medicate.”
    As far as her future, Sierra has solid plans, “I want to learn how to live independently and especially how to manage my money. My long term goal is to go to TC3 and to get into paralegal work. I am working with Mike [Berry] from Challenge to get that going. I volunteer at the City Health Club. I want to get my feet on the ground so I may stay in Supportive Living for the first semester of school. I am also looking for dining hall work at Cornell or Ithaca College because it is solid pay and steady work while I go to school. I just celebrated a year sober.”                                  
Sierra's story is one that embodies CARS mission of transformation. The power of her work to overcome her addiction is a powerful reminder that great hope and possibility lives within each us waiting to be unleashed by the power of connection and perseverance.    

-by Bill Rusen
 



The Miracle of Change




The Miracle of Change
 
      “We have a movie here at CARS in which at the end of the film one of the recovering clients depicted says, “I am a miracle” and I talk to my clients like that. I think of the times we talk about gratitude and self-care and they are hard pressed to come up with positive things to say about themselves but when they can say. “I’m a miracle” even if they are laughing because they think it is a little silly,  I think if they hear themselves say it enough they begin to believe it. When they feel good about themselves they give that back to everyone in the group and back to me and that’s progress.”
        I want to introduce you to Martha Grazul, LPN, CASAC one of CARS senior Addiction Counselors. Martha has been with CARS for over eleven years. I think the quote above is both an excellent introduction and summary of Martha and how she sees herself and her work here as an instrument of transformation.
     “I got into this work because I want to help others and to help them get to healthier place in their lives. I think my strongest skill is that I can be a positive person in the room.”
     “I think I can develop a therapeutic rapport well and I work on having a healthy relationships with my clients. I strive to be open and up front and to be clear about  things. I want them to see coming to CARS as an opportunity to reach their goals.”
     “I work for them to see the positives and it is my job to find things they offer in group and in sessions so that they might build upon that and work towards change.”
 
-by Bill Rusen
 


 



Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services in service in our community


Throughout the year we seek service opportunities for our clients as they began the process of transformation. Every week, residents of CARS residential addiction treatment program in Trumansburg volunteer at the food pantry sponsored by Trumansburg area Council of Churches. In other service projects, clients from CARS spend some time socializing at Juniper Manor Elder Housing in Trumansburg, do landscaping work at Hospicare and work at the Reynoldsville UMC Food Pantry (pictured above).
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A Pathway Towards Recovery


  A Supportive Family: A Pathway Towards Recovery
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New Programming Introduced in 2012


Outpatient Rehabilitation
Please click here to view our Outpatient Rehabilitation ProgramPowerPoint Presentation
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Pathways Towards Transformation


I want to take a moment to tell you a story of transformation. Transformation is the core of our work at Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (CARS). It is embedded in our enduring purpose statement, “We believe in the capacity of people to transform themselves”.Addiction devastates lives, families and communities. It destroys productive people and turns their lives into a shadowy nightmare existence. We at CARS believe that through partnership and hard work we can rebuild and transform that darkness into light.
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