Newsletter October 2021 - Updates from the President

Greetings and happy October IBADCC Community!

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your continued support and commitment to IBADCC.

Under the COVID-19 new normal, I believe all our lives have been shaped differently than before. As a believer that "great changes come with great opportunities," we will embrace this new normal and make IBADCC an even better community and proud to be a part of that our members continue to be proud to be part of.

An Experience To Share

I have the privilege of talking with a fellow SUD counselor across the state. Lately, the topic generally turns to the impact COVID has on us as professionals and, more importantly, on the individuals struggling with SUD-related problems in their lives. Adaptability has been a term I think about a lot. It is woven not only for us as professionals but also is a skill that supports the change and cooping through trials experienced.

The ability to adapt, find hope, problem-solve, and cope through trials strengthens one's efforts in their recovery. I remember when this hit me several years ago. On a cold, snowy day, while driving through a small town, I saw an individual involved in groups I was facilitating at the time. With the cigarette tightly held in the mouth, heavy boots keeping the pedals going, Levi's barely missing the chain and sprockets, gloves tightly wrapped around the handlebars, and a huge fluffy coat flapping in the wind, it wasn't the typical stereotype bicycle rider you would see. Yes, DUI was on this individual's list of recent law enforcement encounters.

As I watched with a great deal of curiosity, I started to question how he kept the bike upright in such slippery conditions. Then I saw it. There was a set of oversized training wheels on the bike. I can imagine some of the comments and thoughts from others driving by, but at that moment, something hit me. It blew

my mind to see the determination and the adaptability of this individual.

Despite the challenges that come in a rural area and having no driver's license yet still have responsibilities and appointments, this person found a way to adapt and remain committed and determined. That held for this individual and strengthened the recovery efforts being made. I turned my perspective to have much admiration and respect for that person. COVID has created a lot of challenges.