Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Days of Hope

Pine Grove kicked off its inaugural recovery support program, Days of Hope. Twenty-six alumni returned from as far away as Mexico to receive and give hope to the current patients of Gentle Path, The Women’s Center, Next Step and Legacy. Pine Grove’s Alumni Coordinator, Carver Brown, brought the alumni and the patients together for a “recovery pep rally” at the YMCA to kick-off the two day event. We laughed, cried and prepared ourselves for the events ahead. The alumni then returned to their programs to experience therapeutic exercises with Mimi and Celeste, the REACH ropes course, Yoga, groups and Q&A sessions with the patients. We believe the comments from the alumni speak for themselves about how powerful the experience was:

Did you find the experience helpful?
“Yes, it was invigorating and inspiring.”
“Yes, it was well planned and beneficial.”

What part did you enjoy the most?
“Hearing positive feedback from the patients stating they got something out of our stories.”
“Being able to hear other alumni’s recovery struggles and achievements.”
“Returning and seeing how much I have grown since I left.”

What are the most important things you learned at Days of Hope?
“Service is important for my recovery.”
“Hearing other’s struggles, and realizing mine are not so different.”
“You can always come ‘HOME’ to Pine Grove.”
“Others share the same struggles with reentry into relationships.”
“I am grateful to recovery and God for how far I have come.”
“My experience helps others.”

Comments:
“Thank you for putting this together. It has recharged me. Made me more grateful for where I came from!”
‘Thank you for the opportunity and job putting this event together. It has given me a bunch of rejuvenation.”
“I am so glad for the Days of Hope. Thank you so much, we do matter!”
“Thank you, Lauren and Carver, for putting this together. I enjoyed seeing the therapists and the alumni so much! I gave back, but also received so much!”
“It was a wonderful experience to see the treatment team, and for them to see me! And yes, we are all miracles!”

Days of Hope will be offered six times a year. For more information about the Days of Hope or to register, visit http://www.pinegrovetreatment.com/daysofhope.html

Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services is an extension of Forrest General Hospital, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs focus on treating gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a focused substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual and intimacy disorder issues. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

Visit www.pinegrovetreatment.com or call 1-888-574-HOPE (4673) for more information.