Dolce’s Desk Guest Columnist:
Rooting For Recovery
Harvesting Self Strength Thru Life Skills, Education, & Family
The Char Hope Foundation
Founded in October of 2015, the Char Hope Foundation is focused on being the first recovery support group within the agricultural community in Maryland. We are dedicated to helping adults, who are facing the challenges of substance abuse, to move toward a long-term recovery, while learning life skills, and creating a family-like community to give added support.
Char Hope’s mission is providing sober living opportunities, financial aid, supervised agricultural learning experiences and community outreach to help educate the public about addiction awareness. The Char Hope Foundation helps adults move forward toward a full recovery, a healthier lifestyle and a life free from addiction.
Rooting For Recovery:
Rooting Recovery was designed by the Char Hope Foundation. This unique social-care farming approach combines the National Ag Literacy Outcomes with the renowned 12 steps of addiction recovery. Rooting Recovery participants engage in hands-on learning opportunities including homesteading, commodity marketing, gardening, equine therapy and exposure to general farm life.
Agricultural-based healing with direct lessons on our social-care farm creates a safe space for authentic personal discovery to learn through vulnerability, self-reliance, trust and personal discovery. Rooting Recovery works because it requires those in treatment to inventory themselves daily, to stretch their self-reliance to new levels and to face the trauma that past life experiences have caused through real-life experience. For too long addiction and recovery have been taboo in our communities. Rooting Recovery lifts the stigma by fully engaging with our communities, local farmers, therapists and therapeutic staff while learning skills that will serve those while in recovery and in the great life that awaits beyond treatment.