People are so real there. You can be who you are, and the only expectation people have of you is to be your authentic self.
It’s amazing to see guests at Herren Wellness form genuine connections with the staff and realize what it feels like to have people show up for you no matter what. When people are using substances, at any level, they are hiding from themselves and others and they lose the ability to connect genuinely and authentically.
The process of self-discovery is, to me, what recovery is all about. It’s a process of finding yourself again and figuring out who you really are without all the ways you have masked yourself in the past. It’s so much more than stopping the use of a substance. It’s a return to self.
When you are surrounded by people who are living a healthy life in recovery, you want it for yourself, too. Even those who are struggling are striving towards a healthy, authentic, and meaningful way of life.
Herren Wellness helps people become their best self, and I love their unique approach to keeping the community together even past when guests are staying there, like bringing alumni back to inspire and help those who are just beginning and keeping their doors open to any former guest who needs help.
That’s what recovery is: showing up for each other, always.
We are all searching for connection, belonging, and meaning. When you realize you can find all these things in recovery, with people who understand and only want to support you, it is life changing.
I’m honored and excited to be part of it.