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Steve Branch Celebrates One Year in Recovery

Steves Story 1When you’re in recovery from an addiction, sometimes the best help you can receive is hearing from and being encouraged by someone who has had a similar experience. That is the logic behind Monarch’s Tanglewood Arbor monthly Story of Recovery Speaker’s Series.

Richale Reed, MA, LPC, LCAS-A, behavioral health therapist at Monarch’s Tanglewood Arbor, an inpatient program in Lumberton, started the series in January. She said oftentimes once people go through the seven to ten day treatment they think they’ll be fine. “But I need them to understand that a detox program is just one of the first steps in recovery, and that it takes a lot of time and support to reach their goals. I always tell them that they don’t have to do this alone.”

Steve Branch understands this now more than ever, having gone through Monarch’s non-hospital detoxification program last year. This month, he is celebrating one full year in recovery. Prior to that, he had become unrecognizable to himself and to his friends and family due to excessive drinking.

He finally decided enough was enough and found his way to Monarch’s Tanglewood Arbor where he sought non-hospital medical detox and counseling for his substance use disorder. It’s also where he met Reed.

She says she knew from the beginning he was determined to get better and to put in the work to do so. When he finished the program, Branch put the certificate he earned from Monarch on his bedroom dresser to remind both he and his wife of his accomplishment. Recently, Branch returned to visit Reed and share the milestone with her before he went to celebrate with his family.

“He made me remember that it was just a year ago that I took this gig and he was in one of my first groups,” she said. “He is doing great things, he is self-sufficient and working, taking care of himself and family, and giving back. He is still doing the work of recovery and he is truly a Monarch success story.”

But for Reed it was also a beautiful moment because she got to witness someone who had really changed for the better. And she will get to witness Steve’s story come full circle this month.

“I asked him to come share his testimony at the final Stories of Recovery Speaker’s Series, she said. 

“I got the honor of meeting him and helping him realize his dreams take flight. When Steve agreed to come back to our next Stories of Recovery event in July to be one of our special guests, I was so excited about that! I think this is one of the proudest moments of my career.”

Branch will share his testimony and present this month’s speaker, Chalonda Coleman, MSW, LCSW LCAS-A. Coleman serves as the therapist for Grace Court and will be the final speaker in a series being hosted by Monarch’s Tanglewood Arbor to foster hope and encourage recovery.

Pictured: Branch and Reed.

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