Connecticut Recovery comes to Yorkshire

AdiandPhilThe team from The Basement Recovery Project attended a number of Phil Valentine gigs in early October. Adi, one of our Community Recovery Organisers met Phil in Sheffield.

“Phil speaks a lot of sense. I especially felt moved about the reference to ‘Warrior Down’. We take this approach at TBRP, and our door is always open.

I also identified with Carl Cundall’s story (Sheffield Alcohol Support Service), seeing a lot of similarities between our stories. Indeed, what I think works best at these events, is the power of the story and narrative, and we got that from both Phil and Carl.”

In the afternoon, Adi and the group attended some workshops, one of which looked at Virtual Recovery with the legendary Michaela Jones. In terms of building a Recovery Community, utilising the social networking routes to recovery is empowering and on the whole, we found it a tool that can inform and rally the emerging community.

During the break, Adi was approached by Phil Valentine who took a liking to the Rainbow Mohican that he sports on his head. He asked for a picture for his album, which is such an honour. Adi said, “People like me don’t usually get asked for their pictures, people usually avoid us. Phil showed his generosity and kindness that day in more ways than one.”

Phillip Valentine is the Executive Director for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). He has been an integral component in this Recovery Community Organization since January 1999. An accomplished speaker and presenter, he has gained recognition as a strong leader in the recovery community; in 2006 the Johnson Institute recognized his efforts with an America Honors Recovery award. In 2008, Faces and Voices of Recovery recognized CCAR with the first Joel Hernandez Voice of the Recovery Community Award as the outstanding recovery community organization in the country. In 2009, the Hartford Business Journal named him the Non-profit Executive of the Year. Currently, he is spearheading CCAR’s effort to build a statewide network of Recovery Community Centers that feature innovative peer recovery support services like Telephone Recovery Support, All-Recovery Groups and Recovery Works! Employment Services.

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