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“I’m a big people pleaser. I’ll go out of my way just to be accepted in some shape or form… I did whatever I could to fit in wherever I could, just for that reassurance that I’m a good person. I was always the one at the bar who would buy the round of drinks for everybody, and come the end of the night I’m broke.
“So now I work on the 4th floor treatment office… it has helped me because I can’t let people slide – we have to hold people accountable. I have to be fair but firm, and I think that’s helping me because I can’t be everyone’s best friend.
“It’s given me the chance to say no to people, it gives me a chance to set that boundary. Rather than pleasing them so that they will accept me, I know that God accepts me, and I know that I can work through Him to make someone else happy.”
—— Randy, 4 months 22 days clean and sober
While in recovery from substance abuse, Randy is finding freedom from an life-long pattern that contributed to his addiction: people-pleasing. See how his work therapy in the Treatment Office has proved particularly helpful in overcoming his codependent tendencies.
This past Sunday, we gathered at Martin’s West to celebrate over 120 men who have graduated in the past year. If you weren’t there, these videos, songs, and photos will give you a taste of the event – and if you were there, it will bring back good memories!
Here’s a highlight reel of the event, featuring graduates, clients, and supporters of HUM:
Watch all the videos we premiered at the banquet (plus a few more) here:
Videos Debuting at our 2016 Banquet
Nick’s and his mother’s interview:
The opening choir medley:
Kirk and his sister sing The Impossible Dream:
Thanks to Skip of Jenny Beck Photos for these event pics:
This month we took small groups of our men in recovery to an overnight retreat at Camp Wabanna on the Chesapeake Bay. Watch as men share their favorite moments.
Around the bonfire, some of our men took the #mannequinchallenge to the next level!
And here’s another mannequin challenge that we did in our cafeteria:
Thanks to a generous gift from the O’s, 100 of our men were able to enjoy a Baltimore Orioles baseball game together. For some, it was their first baseball game, for others, it was their first sober baseball game, and for all, it was a great memory.