This past week we said our final goodbyes to one of the greatest athletes, entertainers, and humanitarians the world has ever seen, Muhammad Ali. We at the Oasis Movement were saddened to learn of his passing because he was a great champion for inclusivity (among other things), he demanded people accept him for who and what he was. Inclusivity in the context of our society is the policy or intention of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, for us at the Oasis Movement this includes recovering alcoholics and substance abusers. Inclusivity was one of the things the founders Oasis Addiction and Recovery Society had in mind when they developed their programs, and those of us who support the Oasis Movement believe in this too. For every gently used tshirt, ill-fitting sport coat and worn in sneakers you donate, you are unknowingly or perhaps knowingly supporting the policy of inclusivity within our society.
As we have written in previous blogs, recovery from alcohol and drug abuse does not end with a thirty day stint in a rehab facility, rather once they leave rehab the real work commences, the struggle reclaim their place in our society truly begins. Oasis Addiction and Recovery Society offers a variety of programs which focus on self-assessment, building upon and developing life skills, and the creation of new healthy behaviours to help to support their new sober lifestyle. The Employment Programs offered by the Oasis Movement are intended develop marketable skills to assist in finding meaningful employment which in turn, helps to rebuild their individual pride and self worth. Hard to believe donating your pair of worn sneakers or your old juicer translates into social inclusivity for a person in recovery? Furthermore, those employers who choose to employ graduates of the Employment Program are also practising inclusivity, in the last ten years Oasis has successfully placed 1500 full time graduates of the program. Unfortunately Oasis graduates are quickly outnumbering employers, if you or someone you know is looking to hire someone who will be dedicated to their organization please contact the Oasis Addiction and Recovery Society http://www.oasismovement.org .
Sobriety is a state of constant mindfulness so as not fall back into old destructive habits and behaviours. How then does one succeed? To quote Ali “It’s the repetition of affirmations that lead to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction things begin to happen”. The Oasis Movement shows the recovering alcoholic or addict in word and deed that they deserve to re-claim their place in society, they should be proud of all they have endured and survived and, they are worthy of all the best life has to offer; when they begin to internalize this dialogue and believe they are worthy things definitely begin to happen—good things, great things.
For a complete list of donateable items, or for a bin nearest you please go to our website www.clothingbank.com.
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