BURNS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Recovery means something different to every person who struggles with addiction: self-confidence, family, health. For Lisa Peden, who celebrates 21 years of sobriety this year, recovery meant shedding shame and guilt, reclaiming her life and becoming the mother her children needed. On Sept. 20, she will celebrate that victory by participating in a balloon release that recognizes people in recovery.
“When I release my balloon, it’s for my children,” Lisa said. “Before recovery, my family was homeless because of my addiction. I felt I had nowhere to turn and that was what my life was supposed to be like. I was so wrong.”
Today, Lisa serves as the Admissions Director at New Life Lodge, an inpatient provider of addiction recovery care to patients from across the nation, where she leads others to take that first step. Lisa believes her work is vital, especially given that only 19 percent of people in need of treatment receive it, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
New Life Lodge’s balloon release is a way to honor Recovery Month, a SAMHSA initiative that spreads the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. More than 100 facilities associated with CRC Health, the corporate parent of New Life Lodge, will release balloons on Sept. 20 as part of this national celebration.
“Getting the message of recovery to people who are struggling is essential,” said Linda Albritton, the Adult Program Director at New Life Lodge. “So many people don’t realize that addiction is a disease that can be treated with evidence-based practices. Recovery is possible. There is always hope.”
About New Life Lodge
Through supervised detox, evidence-based counseling and the ongoing support of self-help and alumni groups, patients at New Life Lodge are immersed in a month-long experience that jumpstarts their road to recovery. For more than 30 years, New Life Lodge has guided individuals through every step of the addiction recovery process on a 120-acre, peaceful estate. New Life Lodge is part of CRC Health Group.