Leadership, somewhere down the line, got misrepresented to what it truly means. You don’t have to lead tens and hundreds of people. You don’t have to be doing something grandscale. Leadership could just be leading one or two other people to a place that you have been, that you are familiar with, a place that you know but they don’t.
You don’t lead based on the actions of other people. You lead because you lead.
For example, if you are a family member or someone in recovery for a while, or you go to a 12 step meeting or a church group and someone walks in terrified, be a leader. Walk up to them, iIntroduce yourself, give them your phone number and tell them that they can call you. Because you are not in the dark place that they are. A leader grabs someone who is in a dark place and shows them the light. Whether they stay or don’t stay, whether they come back or don’t come back, it doesn’t matter.
Leadership in recovery is one of the most important pillars of success because it provides a sense of purpose. If you are 2 weeks sober and someone comes in 2 days sober and they’re terrified, you know what it’s like to be scared in a new environment. Be a leader, walk up to them and say, “I was terrified 2 weeks ago. You know what, this place isn’t that bad. People are kinda nice. If you need anything, come and talk to me.” In that moment, someone that was purposeless two weeks ago, has now found a purpose in life. Our primary purpose is to carry the message to other people who might be struggling. That’s it. If all of us did that, then all of a sudden the recovery community becomes even more cohesive.
“Seek first to understand before being understood.” -Stephen Covey
If you have access to the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions book, which is a companion of the big book that was written years later, in the 11th step, there is a beautiful prayer which is a good prayer to read regularly.
(from the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions)
Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.
Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.
Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.