“In my opinion, recovery from SUD (Substance Use Disorder) and Co-Occurring disorders, is not about how much time I have not used substances, or keeping track of my “recovery date…” For me, it is about the life lessons that I’ve learned in my recovery, and will continue to learn, that enhance my “new normal” in the life that I have created. It is how I embrace life day to day, using all of the tools that I have acquired to live my truth in a life that is authentic for me as a survivor, and to share that with others….not keeping score of the days gone by. I measure my successful recovery at the end of the day by evaluating my strengths, and my weaknesses, and what I can use tomorrow as a tool…or what I can work on tomorrow to improve. As I practice balance in all that I do…I feel steady on my feet, and continue to “walk the talk” on my path.” – Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC

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