This week, each L+C motivator and coordinator was prompted to share what their experience has been thus far working with the L+C members and team. Each person described what the program means to them and how the L+C has impacted their own journey.
The Life Challenge has created a revolution in the recovery industry. It compels our members to live life to the fullest, and to be proud of who they are and how far they have come. Instead of living anonymously and hiding your past, the Life Challenge has made sober culture exciting, and something worth bragging about. Our members are simultaneously strong and vulnerable. They work at their recovery each day, choosing to remain sober, attend meetings, document their experiences, and tell their own story. I believe the Life Challenge walks with our members during their journey by spreading love and compelling each person to remember that they are worthy of the life they desire.
Working with The Life Challenge and talking to members has been a motivating journey. Along the way I’ve heard countless stories of newfound hope, heartbreaking setbacks, overwhelming challenges, and humbling gratitude. It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know about those in The L+C community, and I am honored to have helped them celebrate their accomplishments and work through their challenges. And though the Life Challenge community is comprised of people from all walks of life, we are all united by one common goal: to embrace life’s challenges. As The L+C continues to grow I look forward to working with more members. My hope is that by staying connected we can create a thriving L+C community that inspires one another to do incredible things we once thought were impossible.
The Life Challenge and its members are doing something that isn’t normally done. It is reminding people that they are more than just a number. That they are more than whatever it was that drove them to seek help. It lets people know that recovery is possible, and although life is challenging, by leaning on each other, there is nothing we can’t get through. Working with the L+C has kept me grounded, humble and beyond grateful to be a part of something that is making such a difference in people’s lives. I am continuously amazed by the stories of triumph through some of the most difficult times. The Life Challenge has brought people together, and as it grows, will continue to play a pivotal role for so many.
The Life Challenge is a growing community just for FRN – to see it grow every day means that people who leave us after 30 days intensive treatment can still connect and join in.It means that there are tools available that can help through the not so good days, to help reset and restart if you are not feeling the love.It means getting to meet patients when they first come in (usually at their worst) to connect and follow their progress.It means making calls to see how our people are doing, checking in on them just like we promised. It’s great to hear how they are progressing.It means that in a small way the people I meet have an L+C friend, who they can count on.It’s just great to be a part of something that is getting bigger and bigger.
I’ve been working with the Life Challenge team for several years and I must say, I believe I was born for this work. I have the honor, the privilege, and the joy of following up with former patients through phone calls, emails, texts, and even snail mail! I am flooded with admiration for their courage and honesty. I am overcome with gratitude for their willingness to share their brightest, most uplifting challenges as well as their very dark and debilitating times with me. I have learned that people who are in recovery from a mental illness or substance disorder are complicated, flawed and sometimes laden with pain. I have also learned that they are the most creative, passionate, and beautiful people there are. I am so very grateful to be working with this group of wonderful people each day who have helped make me a better person.
After being on the Life Challenge Team for a little over eight months now I have had an incredible opportunity to learn about what the Life Challenge means to me. Being a part of the Life Challenge Team has become so much more than just a job. When I first started I never imagined how much I would love being a part of this team. The Life Challenge is like a second family to me. I love the people I work with and I love our members. Getting the chance to hear from so many people, from so many different walks of life is what the Life Challenge is all about. Leaving work every day knowing that I was able to help someone continue their journey through recovery makes what we do so worthwhile. Obviously there are ups and downs, but getting the opportunity to be a part of our member’s lives is what truly matters. I encourage all of our members to never hesitate to reach out. We are always happy to help any way we can.
The Life Challenge is powerful, priceless, and lifesaving.