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At its inception more than 40 years ago, TRIAD was more of a place than a program.
The place was an old row house at 1104 North Adams Street that had once been the home of Trinity Episcopal Church’s Sunday School. In the summer of 1975, when I had just returned from treatment, it stood virtually abandoned.
Jobless and fretting about what the future might hold for me and my family, I went to see the Rev. Robert M. Smith, the rector of Trinity. A couple of months shy of my 45th birthday, I was shattered, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I could not even bring myself to walk down Orange Street, which I had looked down on from my paneled corner office in the old News Journal only a few months before.
Bob was my pastor. He was also my good friend. I had been his senior warden during the final months of my drinking and drugging. He seemed to know a lot about alcoholism. When he was rector of the English-language Episcopal Church in Tokyo, he told me once, the AA hotline rang in his office.
“Why don’t you set up in Edmund du Pont’s old office on the third floor of 1104?” Bob asked. “Take your time. Think things over. Figure out what you can do to help, what the Church can do to help.”
I took him up on the offer, and with help from family and friends lugged some of my stuff up those two steep flights to my new digs — two rooms with bath! — atop an otherwise vacant building. As I undertook a needs assessment of addiction recovery services in the Wilmington area, I found that it could get pretty lonely up there,
For company and support, I started going around the corner to the Men’s Limen House for coffee with my friend Howard Cropper, then the assistant manager of that facility. I would also drop in at the 1212 Club, then located at the Corner of 12th and Market Streets. I drew comfort and strength just being in the company of other recovering people.
I had an idea. There was a small room in the front of the building at 1104 North Adams. I asked Bob if I could have the use of it for a kind of resource center where people could come to learn more about alcoholism and drug addiction, grab a cup of coffee, and, if they chose, talk to a recovering person.
“Take the whole building,” Bob said. ”Everything but the annex at the rear. We still use that for classes.”
That was the beginning of what became a busy drop-in center and the hub of TRIAD;s expanding work. We made free professional counseling available. Several still-existent meetings were started in the rooms upstairs. The center has been closed for years now, but the recovering community needs something like it. There is plenty of program in the Wilmington area, but very little place.
We are very grateful for the generosity of the members of ValleyPoint Church in Glen Mills. The church – which one of our counselors, Mallory Giles, attends – selected TRIAD as one of four charities to be recipients of the funds raised as part of their Christmas Initiative. The church raised over $100,000! In January their pastor, Reverend Eric Koehler (pictured here), presented TRIAD with a check for $26,000. It will be put to very good use in our counseling program. Thank you so much!
TRIAD is proud to announce the arrival of Herman Ortez as the latest addition to our counseling team. Herman is a licensed professional mental health therapist (LPCMH) and has over 15 years experience treating substance abuse and mental health disorders. He previously worked at AIDS Delaware, and has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Herman earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in Springfield College, Wilmington , DE, and has a Doctoral Degree in Education from Wilmington University. Welcome Herman!
Last night the Wholehearted Living Program team hosted a holiday party for ladies from the recovery houses of Attack Addiction, Gaudenzia and Burgess Beginnings. There were holiday decorations, music, food and a sock exchange party which all made for a fun evening!
The holidays can be a difficult time for people in recovery, especially newcomers. Here are a few tips to help you cope: 1) Don’t isolate – stay connected to the 12 Step Program by attending more meetings, calling your sponsor and getting together with sober friends 2) Avoid social events which might jeopardize your sobriety – don’t go or leave early 3) Be grateful – write out a daily gratitude list. Remember, a grateful alcoholic won’t drink! Even sober people can enjoy the holidays!
Thanks to Jessica Estok, Substance Abuse Counselor at the University of Delaware, for coming to TRIAD on Tuesday, December 4 to speak for us. Her topic was Recovery on a College Campus and the presentation was fascinating. It was incredible to learn just how much substance abuse occurs at college, and what the severe ramifications of it are. The University of Delaware does have some valuable resources available to students who are struggling with addiction. You can view Jessica’s presentation at http://prezi.com/sbgngikvzozh/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
This past weekend Gillian Timon, TRIAD’s Executive Director, was invited by the pastor of Valleypoint Church in Glen Mills, Eric Koehler, to talk at their 3 services about TRIAD’s mission and programs. Thanks to Mallory Giles, one of our clinical counselors and a member of Valleypoint, the church has chosen TRIAD to be one of 4 recipients of donations raised by their Christmas Initiative. We are honored to have been chosen and look forward to partnering with Valleypoint.
TRIAD will be hosting the next in its series of education seminars on Tuesday December 4. The topic is Recovery on a College Campus and the speaker is Jessica Estok, substance abuse counselor at the University of Delaware. The seminar will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church from 6:30-8:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. It has been approved for 1 CEU by the Delaware Certification Board.
Giving Tuesday is a international day of charitable giving that plays on the theme of Thanksgiving and counters the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a day to be grateful for our many blessings and to support a worthy cause. This Giving Tuesday we would like to encourage you to donate to TRIAD as part of your year end giving. Please go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TRIADHELP to donate to our Giving Tuesday fundraiser. Thank you in advance for your support!
TRIAD has been very instrumental in my recovery. The counselors share their inner wealth of knowledge on the pitfalls of this potentially fatal disease. They remind us that we can conquer it and proceed with full contentment in life - and that we deserve it!Richard
I love how much TRIAD puts the time in for help I need. This has saved my life not once but more than that. My counselor has been there for me since day one and is still there for me.
I want everyone to know how grateful I am for her and the rest of the team at TRIAD