Published: December 28, 2018

Media Contact

Chelsea Beauchamp; Marketing Manager

317-644-4322 

Chelseab@familiesfirstindiana.org

Indianapolis (December 26, 2018)— Members of New Mentor Program at Families First share how they plan to maintain sobriety in 2019.

A new substance use disorder support system was recently launched at Families First, the Mentor Group. The inspiration was the belief that when every person and every family in our community has the support necessary to overcome challenges and changes and reach their full potential, Central Indiana will truly thrive.

The Mentor Group is composed of individuals who have successfully completed Families First’s substance use education & outpatient treatment program and are dedicated to staying sober and helping current clients in recovery. These individuals have chosen to volunteer their time as a mentor and peer to help others through the stresses of day-to-day life during their times of crisis, recovery, and healing.

With the hope of inspiring and helping others in the upcoming year, Natasha, a current mentor, shares how she plans to maintain her sobriety in 2019. “I plan to take it one day at a time. Do I really want to give up all the days I have sober for a few minutes of being high? I plan to keep a positive and healthy support system and continue going to groups and be a Mentor at Families First. I must always remember that I am my biggest fan and I am also my worst enemy…. so be kind to ME! I deserve to be taken care of. I am important. I am a daughter, a wife, a mother and a friend.”

Michelle, another volunteer in the Mentor Group, plans on staying focused on her job, establishing positive relationships with friends, and setting short term goals in the new year. “I must remind myself that new people, places and things are very important with my recovery. I must continue life without some of my old friends and this is hard for me. I also feel that it is very important to set short-term and long-term goals. I think goal-setting is a key element to recovery and life in general, because it gives you something to direct your attention towards, as well as something to look forward to.”

A new year is upon us which can symbolize a time for a fresh start. If you or someone you know would like to pursue sobriety in 2019 visit www.FamiliesFirstIndiana.org or call 317-634-6341.

About Families First

On Thanksgiving Day, 1835, James Blake, Calvin Fletcher, and other Indianapolis leaders formed an organization to strengthen family life. For more than 180 years, Families First has helped individuals, couples, and families who struggle with life’s challenges and changes. Families First provides education, support, and counseling for those who need care, hope, and guidance - for everyday life or in times of crisis.

Families First is partially funded by the United Way of Central Indiana and is fully accredited by the national Council on Accreditation (COA), attesting that it meets the highest standards of professional performance. For more information, please visit www.familiesfirstindiana.org.