Alcohol is part of the Warren County culture.
For those who are able to consume responsibly, this isn’t much of an issue.
But for those who aren’t, it can be a very serious problem.
Family Services of Warren County recovery specialists know how difficult it can be to acknowledge an alcohol problem and get help. They want others to know that this help is available.
“Alcohol is part of the culture in many places,” said Recovery Support Specialist Sean Quigley. “I was given such glory.”
“In general, a lot of people can consume responsibly,” he says. Quigley said. However, there are people who cannot.
He knows what it’s like to think, “What am I going to do? How am I going to have fun?” Non-alcoholic?
“When I found out I had a problem with alcohol, alcohol was the solution to my problems,” He said.
“For years, I knew I had a problem with alcohol,” He said. “But it was really hard for me to admit that to myself and others.”
April is Alcohol Awareness Month.
“This is how we shed light on people who might think they have a problem,” said certified recovery specialist Noah Sharp. “It’s what helps them see the things that come to light that are problematic in their lives.”
“It’s good to know you have a problem with alcohol and that there is help,” Quigley said.
The first step is to see if you have a problem. Sharpe said. “Choice is really the key part of this. Once alcohol stops being a choice, that’s when there is a problem. Once you stop making the decision to have a drink, and have a drink because it’s what you do, that’s what we want to bring awareness to.”
Help is available
Next, there are several ways to get help on many levels.
“There are anonymous programmes, and there are mental health facilities,” Sharpe said. There is direct therapy with a trained counselor. There are rehabilitation centers.
“Family Services is where we are,” He said. “We have a recovery support service that connects you directly with another person with a substance abuse problem.”
Sharp and Quigley are not therapists. They are peer support. They experienced what other people with alcohol problems experience.
“This is what we do day in and day out,” Quigley said. “We both have a passion for helping people know they can get their lives back.”
How am I going to have fun?
Helping people recover is the starting point.
But for people who have been dependent on alcohol and the places that serve it at social events, staying in recovery can be problematic.
Recovery professionals want substance-free social spaces in the community.
“When all your friends are at the bar, playing pool… and you can’t go there because you’re afraid of the temptation to drink… Our overall goal is to have a safe place for people who are already in recovery or considering entering substance-free recovery,” Sharpe said. “It will give you a place to go and have a social life outside of these drinking establishments.”
Ideally, the location will not be a bar offering alcohol free nights or some similar arrangement.
We are looking for an independent facility. He said. “We don’t want anything to do with alcohol, just the stimulating effects it can cause.”
For now, Family Services is working with Crossing. “We use the crossing as a place to gather, but the opening hours are limited,” Sharpe said.
Healing therapists want people to know they can “Actually enjoy without the burden of alcohol… whatever detour they take,” Quigley said.
And they can get up without the consequences of that burden. “It feels really good, to come home at the end of the night, and go to sleep, and wake up, or wake up in the middle of the night, and be able to go,” He is a master. “It gives us choice.”
make the call
Family Services of Warren County can be reached by calling (814) 723-1330.
“They can ask to speak with any of us or ask for help in general,” Sharpe said.
“There are people out there to help,” Quigley said.
“You have a choice. It’s okay,” Sharpe said. “We are here to meet you where you are.”