From the director: Merry Christmas

Eloise Traina

Merry Christmas. The staff and I at Family Recovery Center wish you and your loved ones a very special Christmas Day and Happy New Year.


Today, being the day before Christmas, I am sure that I join you as we all are bustling around, getting those last few gifts purchased and wrapped, or thinking about the special dinners that lie ahead in your home. For my family, it will still be that traditional Italian dinner of Christmas Eve, one with at least seven kinds of fishes, pasta, sausage, peppers and onions, and of course, the dessert tray filed with those high caloric cookies and cannoli.

I wanted to start this article with a passage from the all-known story – “T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house it was quiet and nothing was stirring, not even the mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care….” And that’s where I want to stop. There is one less stocking being hung, and that person is lovingly missed. This has been a year of firsts for me – many things are different today. One doesn’t realize how one’s life changes with the passing of a loved one.

And, as our writer penned just last week, “what is most important to me are the people I love, the people who populate my world. They love me even when I am most difficult to get along with, just as I love them. I like to think we uplift and encourage each other through the worst of times and celebrate together the achievements, the opportunities, and the victories….It’s the people I love.”

As someone else wrote, and it resonates my own thoughts: “the ripple effect of grief never goes away but as I move on my new path, the effects of the ripples diminish and I look forward to what 2023 has in store.”


In looking ahead, there are many thoughts of our clients who have said the following:

— I feel great about where I am in my recovery. I have a family that loves me very much and no longer has to worry about me. I have a good job that I enjoy. I have a vehicle I don’t have to work on every time. I have a home that I don’t have to worry about being thrown out of…”

— I have been able to get my life back, both financially and physically, having a healthy and trusting relationship with family and friends.

— In recovery I am able to get back to enjoying hobbies that used to be important before the drugs.

— My family likes me more and we find things to do together.

— I think that in my recovery I have matured a lot. I finally know what my priorities are, and with the help that Family Recovery has given me, I am not longer in a fog.

— My recovery means not having to wait by the phone for a call, not spending all my money on a high, not being looked at like a freak or a loafer, a problem to society. I can hold my head up and be proud of who I am. It has been a long road but I do feel better.

— Biggest reward is having my kids, husband and I living together under one roof and building our relationships.

— Finally, I can take care of my family. I am able to pay my bills without worry. My life is manageable today. And, I owe it all to my recovery.

Here at work, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the many staff, both in the clinical and educational departments with the Family Recovery Center, who have contributed countless hours and high levels of energy and creativity in order to provide that which needs to be done for those individuals who have sought our services for the past 49 years. I can honestly say that the staff has left a very positive imprint here in the county. To them, I say thank you for your many hours of commitment and concern for the residents of the community and throughout the school systems.

To our partners throughout the service system, we look to another positive year, as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. We look to expand our options and expand the horizons of our clients and the general public throughout these collaborative endeavors. To the many organizations that impact us in so many different ways, we say thank you.

Over the years, our funders have taken a chance with us as we have initiated new programs and continue to provide us with the support to underwrite our on-going projects for the community. We look to work with them into the future. We thank you.

The coming year, 2023, serves as our 50th anniversary year here in the county and surrounding area. I am sure you will continue to see a different Family Recovery Center in 2023 than what we may always been. We are a viable, living organization, therefore subject to change. Change comes with its pain as it does with hope. One thing will remain constant: our relationship and service to community, you and your families. To you, we say thank you.

May your New Year be one that is happy, healing, and healthy.


For more information about the education, prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and related behavioral issues, contact the agency at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468; or email, Visit the website at FRC is funded in part by Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.