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What a year it has been! Wow! and there will be even more in 2016 !

December 21, 2015 8:33 PM | Ray Patterson (Administrator)

Wow!  It’s hard to believe that 2015 is coming to an end.  This has been a monumental year in changing the conversation and treatment of drug use, abuse and dependence.  So much has begun to change at the local, state, and national levels that I believe a Recovery Revolution has started which may just end the failed and costly “War on Drugs” that we have been fighting and losing for over 30 years now.

I hope everyone can make it to our meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m. downstairs in the Glasby Room at the Saratoga Library.  Claire Hughes, a reporter from the Times Union will be attending, and she is bringing a photographer!  Several of us met with Claire a few weeks back, and she wanted to attend this meeting and get some more information for a story she will be doing.

I know this is a busy time of year, and I hope everyone can carve out some time to come tomorrow, but if not I wanted to remind everyone  of some important upcoming events:

  • -          On New Year’s Eve we will have a Tree of Hope set up outside of the Visitor’s Center across from the entrance to Congress Park on Broadway in Saratoga.  Please get in touch if you are able to volunteer on that evening to great people at the tree and to take donations from people who wish to hang one of Ken Provost’s homemade ornaments on the tree. 
  • -          Also on New Year’s Eve, there will be a group of us from RAIS running in the 5K that begins at Skidmore.  You do need to register for this run, and can find out more about both of these events on our website.
  • -          We are hoping to host a “Sober Super Bowl Screening” somewhere in Saratoga  “that is a lot of alliteration,” and RAIS members are trying to find a local restaurant or venue with a large room and large television(s) to help us out.  Please get in touch if you can help out with this.
  • -          This is a wonderful time of year to focus on gratitude, being of service to others, and honoring the family that you have.  It is also a very difficult time of year for many, many people and family members that are struggling with active addiction or who have lost someone to the disease.  Kindness, understanding, and living a message of hope are things each of us can do each day – and not just at this time of year.  I know we have so many strong, wonderful, resilient people in RAIS and I encourage you to carry the light just a bit brighter through this season, and to lean on each other when you need to.

All the best to each of you as we enter a New Year.  We have already done more that I could imagine, and yet there are many more chapters to write in this book.  I have always believed that Recovery is so much stronger and fulfilling when you make it a team effort.  Each of you is a vital and powerful part of the RAIS team, and I am honored to be lifting up the light with each of you to keep the Recovery Revolution moving forward.

In Service and Gratitude,


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