The other day in our area, the CBHC hosted a Recovery candlelight vigil. I attended the candlelight observance because it was altogether about supporting recovery for BOTH Substance abuse and Mental Health Recovery. I was delighted and elated when I saw “Larry the bagpiper” ready to play for the vigil. Maybe, it’s my Scottish roots? I love the bagpipes. I get the chills every time I hear them played…piped. It was very windy at the park, but I was glad to discover a number of old friends and advocates still doing their best to make a difference. Seeing around me the 275-ish Peers, Supporters, Advocates, Proponents, Allies at the Recovery Event: I knew one important thing was transformed in my mind and incredibly clear to me …
“substance abuse and behavioral recovery IS POSSIBLE here in Charlotte County. It didn’t matter what type of recovery road or PATH we were ON. September 27th, that night in the park … that night, all our paths intersected. For one night, we celebrated our recovery and remembered those who sadly lost their battle. We don’t have to lose ours”.
Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness.
Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).
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