17 Jun Anthony’s Recovery Story
When Anthony Taylor was released from prison for a drug related crime, he attended NA meetings every day. He rented an apartment in Mansfield, OH and began taking classes at North Central State College to earn a degree in human services. Weeks before his graduation, he landed a job at the college as a recruiter. He credited Cheryl Carter, director of the Urban Center, with getting him the job.
“She gave me courage when I didn’t have anything else to reach for,” he said of Carter. “She’s been an inspiration in my life and still is today.”
In 2013, he earned his associates degree from NCSC and spent the next several months working at the college. Later, he became a member of the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, and still serves on the board today.
He applied for a position at the Northern Ohio Recovery Association and was hired as a chemical dependency counselor. As a counselor with NORA, he enjoys being able to help those who are dealing with similar problems that he faced in the past. “I’m doing to them what was done to me,” he said. “I am encouraging them that they can do this, that they can overcome their challenges.”
He’s in the process of starting his own treatment center, “Recovery @ Work,” in Mansfield. He’s also on track to earn a bachelor’s degree in substance abuse counseling from the University of Cincinnati. Afterwards, he wants to get a master’s in social work.
He hopes to continue growing, learning and making a positive change in his community. In order to do so, he said he must maintain a positive perspective.
“A lot of people in recovery, a lot of people period don’t understand that we’re faced with numerous opportunities disguised as impossible situations,” he said. “But I don’t see them as impossible situations–just as opportunities.”
To read more of Anthony’s story, please follow this link to the Richland Source.