We want to acknowledge and thank the Fahrman Center and Dick Williams (Program Manager) as the 2011 Advocate of the Year for all the years of support for Recovery Month and for being on board right from the beginning.
Primary Inpatient Treatment is designed for individuals who are in need of help arresting the disease process of addiction. It is 21 days in duration. Clients are involved in a variety of activities, including multiple groups each day, individual therapy, educational sessions, and specialty services. The focus is on the individual and their addictive process, with the goal of exploring a wide variety of means to achieve successful recovery.
Their core philosophy is based upon a partnership with the individuals seeking recovery from addiction. We use the method or approach that meets each client's specific needs, and guarantee to do whatever it takes to enhance the avenues that will allow clients to find recovery, success, and contentment.
The Fahrman Center is a 43 bed adult, co-ed residential treatment center that has been providing addictions treatment in west central Wisconsin for over 25 years.
Dick Williams is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout and hold a degree in Rehab & Counseling. H has been with the Fahrman Center for 17 years and manager for 10 years. Dick is also a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse & Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor.
Other Special shout-out to all Fahman Center Staff, Lutheran Social Services Director for Addictions / Corrections- Laurie Lessard (ICS, CSAC), and Michelle Malec (Fahrman Center Program Assistant)
Gerald Linquist is the Advocate of the Year for 2010. Gerald graduated from Drug Court on June 23, 2009. Gerald continues to give back to his community because he says it helps him stay clean and sober. He has volunteered his time at a number of Recovery Events in the area and continues to volunteer his time on a regular basis with the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice program in River Falls.
Gerald shares his story hoping to change the lives of others who are stuck in the same pattern of addiction as he was prior to entering Drug Court.
Gerald really stepped up to help promote the 2010 WWRA Recovery Celebration for Western Wisconsin and TSIO. He also volunteered his time to organize activities the day of the event and invested some of his own money for games that the children could also enjoy. He serves with sincerity and humility and is willing to do whatever is needed. TSIO has the utmost respect for Gerald not just for what he has accomplished, but most importantly who he truly is as a person.
Gary Holden was awarded the first ever Recovery Advocate for the year award in 2009. Gary provided his PA system for our events in 2008 & 2009. He is a member of The Wisconsin Association of Treatment Drug Courts and served on the committee to organize and plan the 2010 WATDC Conference in Eau Claire, WI.
He served on the core Advisory Team of Western Wisconsin Advocates and he told his story as one of 4 speakers at the 2008 Recovery Rally.
Gary volunteers whenever he can while balancing his parenting and work as a Wisconsin Certified Substance Abuse Counselor for Pierce County.
People Making a Difference
Too many times there are people who do great things (big or small), but never get recognized. Sometimes its because people don't give proper credit to where credit is due and so other people's ideas, accomplishments, or other acts of "Greatness" never become known.
I admire those who do things without any thought except to do the right thing and to help someone in need. However, I feel it's important to acknowledge "Greatness" when we see it.