Tag: Family

Engaging Families: The Work Continues

I am happy to announce Voice and Vision’s recent webinar What is Family Engagement? Strategies for Supporting Families and their Loved Ones in Recovery and Beyond is now available to view on our website. I was so blessed to watch it live and pleased to hear Trish Caldwell, Vice-president at Recovery Centers of America, and Kathleen Morris Rosati, the parent of a young man challenged by addiction, emphasize the need to involve family members (or others important to a person) in substance use treatment.  Since...

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Family Engagement: Joining Your Loved One on The Path to Recovery

On January 20, 2022, Voice and Vision, Inc. will host What is Family Engagement?, a webinar to share the latest in best practice for family involvement in recovery. The webinar will provide an opportunity for family members and others to ask questions related to this very positive message: family engagement in recovery results in better outcomes. As evident shown in the responses to our question in the graphic above and the many family members who provided content for Help and Hope—families WANT...

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Opportunities and Great Causes Are All Around Us: It’s a Wonderful Life

I recently came across a 1957 article written by Dr. Gaylord Harnwell, then President of the University of Pennsylvania, entitled “Make the Most of Life.” The article appeared on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer and offered young readers advice on success and happiness in life. Dr. Harnwell declared that every life is filled with opportunities and the potential for success for we all enter into life with unique gifts, talents, and the power to choose. While people of good will are...

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We Honor and Remember You

Today we honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Military on home or foreign soil for all of us to be safe and free.  These brave soldiers throughout the years and wars paid the ultimate price for you and me.  Remembering their tremendous sacrifice creates a feeling of awe and releases our deepest gratitude. When I think of the soldiers, I also think of their families for their great loss.  Many men in my family served in the military, including my oldest son, a...

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The Importance of Family Involvement

I recently completed an internship with Voice and Vision, which has been such an incredibly insightful and rewarding experience. I had the privilege of working alongside intelligent and compassionate individuals throughout my time with this agency. I acquired more knowledge and perspective about mental health and substance use disorder than I ever thought possible as a first-year intern. The following blog is written to share what I have learned throughout this past year regarding the...

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Things Are Changing

Things are Changing. Returning to South Philly was never my dream, but living next door to Bill’s aunts, quite unexpectedly, made being here worthwhile. After moving in, I quickly realized that if Bill and I weren’t here, Aunt Ginny and Aunt “Bo” (the nickname Bill gave her because, as a toddler, he couldn’t say “Dolores”) probably wouldn’t be able to continue living independently. Not that the things we do for them are huge or heroic, but we are there for the little day-to-day things—like...

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The 4th in Philly

We raced down the subway steps with only ten minutes to spare. We had to catch a train to City Hall, and then walk to the Ben Franklin Parkway, where we were meeting family for the fireworks display. I couldn’t believe my husband actually agreed to go. The only other time we had gone to see fireworks there had been such a disappointment. It happened in 2011—it was our first 4th of July in Philly after having lived away for more than 20 years while Bill served in the military. We got to the parkway...

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The Girls Next Door

I never planned to live in South Philly again. I lived here for a few years after Bill and I married. It was not a good fit for me, and Bill was ready for a change, too. When he began his military career we were both happy to relocate to a suburban setting. We bought a lawn mower and never looked back. But 25 years passed and Bill’s mother’s health was failing. Time and time again Bill took emergency leave to fly here to be with her as she faced yet another health crisis. My own mom was faring...

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The Changing Face of Family

My family’s Easter celebration this year was subtly different from last year’s. We welcomed a familiar face to join us once again, but he’s no longer my daughter’s boyfriend. Now he’s her fiancé! I’ve known Matthew for about ten years and I’ve always liked him. He is smart and witty and compassionate and gracious—he is fun to be around. And he is so good to Alexis. I was happy and excited when they announced their plans to marry, and yet something concerned me. Matthew sees the world so differently...

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Turkey Soup: A Bowlful of Memories

This year, over the course of the 9 days following Thanksgiving, I ate 13 large bowls of homemade turkey soup. I ate it for lunch every day and I also ate it for dinner on the evenings when my husband was at work. I actually would have eaten it a few more times, but I’d already frozen what I didn’t think we’d use quickly and I resisted thawing it by telling myself: enough is enough!  After about the 10th bowl I jokingly told Bill that if he looked over to my side of the bed the following morning...

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