“Improve Douglas County and surrounding communities by positively impacting individuals and families through mental health and substance abuse treatment, homeless outreach, and peer support programs.”
"We keep looking for home and keep finding this sand pit; perhaps if we look for the sand pit and then we might find home" ~Winnie the Pooh
Three years ago we were a hurting family. Loss, depression, enabling, and inadequacy were at the roots of our family and we struggled. What could we even do to help those we loved. We had only an idea; a tiny thought that we dared to speak out loud.
"If we worked to help others when we couldn't help ourselves then maybe, somehow, we would find the help we needed along the way."
It was almost insane; But as all good ideas begin in madness we began this great journey. I could list for you the terrible inadequacies and limitations that were set before us but every step was guided by a higher power. Doors were opened. Kindness or folly afforded opportunities for growth. Our faith was simply based in loving others without limit or justification. This was what our family needed, to grow from love and service. Nothing replaces the loss of a child, nothing undoes the pain of addiction, nothing can reset the past but, where there are seeds of hope healing begins.
As we celebrate the New Year we celebrate the stories of those that have entered our center and taught us great lessons of recovery these last three years. The daily choices only the brave keep to change their lives and families. We reflect on all that we have learned and how we have grown. We are deeply honored to be a part of this community and the lives of so many.
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Welcome to the Nichols Center website. I am grateful that you have found us. The messages on this page are dedicated to individuals and families that are affected by substance abuse and addiction or other mental health related issues. It seems fitting that our first blog entry introduce you to our philosophies about recovery and wellness.
Addiction to us is very similar to chocolate cake. There are many forms of addiction and many forces behind the drive to continue in addiction but to simplify the concept let's talk about cake. If you told me tomorrow that my fantastic love for chocolate cake was illegal and would destroy my life, send me to an early grave, and hurt those around me that I loved I would have a very difficult time understanding or even accepting this. I would find secret ways to continue my indulgences and in fact the entire idea of condemnation would drive me further into seeking out this delicacy and deeper into my shame and guilt.
Recovery is similar to living with diabetes. Just as diabetes is a medical condition and requires daily maintenance, recovery is a daily and sometimes moment by moment choice. Living in wellness is a total mind, body, and soul experience and the goal of individuals in recovery is to embrace and move toward balance in mental, spiritual, and physical health. You cannot gain recovery through quick fix solutions or short term rehabilitation, there must be a life change.
Reunification in recovery begins with meaningful connections. Many people believe that unconditional giving is the only way they can draw out the addiction cycle in their loved one. Others believe that "though love" and cutting people off is the way. More might say that those in addiction choose this path and should lie in the bed they make. At the Nichols Center we believe that it is through interruption of the addiction cycle you can incept meaningful relationships and involvement leading to purpose that sustains recovery. Guilt and shame are rewarding concepts and lead to compounded self-sabotaging lifestyles. Breaking that cycle of self-depravation and challenging that idea with positive purpose is the way to cast vision and hope into someone's life. Someone in active addiction or struggling with a mental health disorder still possesses amazing talents and expert knowledge. The knowledge experience affords them allows the ability to help others and relate to otherwise un-relatable circumstances.
Our goal at the Nichols Center is to challenge the stigma associated with addictions and disorders. To shed new light on those seeking reunification and together, to build a recovery community. I hope that you will follow our efforts online, reach out to us, and become involved in creating lasting impact for those in Recovery!
Nichols Center Inc.
5728 Fairburn Rd. Suit E
Douglasville, GA 30134