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Journey to PATH Certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning

By Katherine Gotthardt | May 13, 2018

by Elizabeth H. Sluder It all started when I became sober 17 years ago in Asheville, Nc.  When I was in early sobriety, all I wanted to do was to find peace. A brochure about therapeutic horse-riding sounded comforting. On the brochure, it said you had to be either a counselor or a teacher to…

Get ready to jam! Help raise funds for animal companionship and substance use recovery

By Katherine Gotthardt | March 3, 2018

It’s almost time again for another Spring Jam! Rise Phoenix Rise is gearing up with the help of Rockitz sound and video services and The McShin Foundation to provide a groovy experience for folks of  all ages and all walks of life! After brief announcements, and a dramatic poetry reading, Harry Gore and Bill Kaffenberger…

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How Much They Mean: A Blog by Jessica

By Katherine Gotthardt | March 1, 2018

Pets are important to family, and here’s what mine mean to me.  A friend found them, Peaches and Crisp, among the rest of their litter mates behind the store she works at, abandoned at a few days old. They were scrawny little jelly beans when she brought all six of them to our apartment for…

Hold On

By Katherine Gotthardt | February 12, 2018

by: George Waldrop to contemplate through lived experiences once my peers and I were obsolete according to society and social norms, deemed with an illness we are here to tell you we’ve redeemed ourselves to make our illness a wellness and we are sharing our lived experiences to show you we’ve endured it’s 2018 and…

A Few Words From David Joyce

By Katherine Gotthardt | January 24, 2018

In our modern world, between bitter politics and harmful decisions that affect persons with mental health issues, the path to recovery isn’t always easy. However, Rise Phoenix Rise has offered me this opportunity with open arms. Diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, my path to recovery has been long and painful. When I first was introduced to…

A Blog From Our President, Andi Chrisman

By Katherine Gotthardt | December 11, 2017

2017 has probably been the hardest year for me to deal with since I’ve been in recovery. I wasn’t quite prepared for the levels of emotional and physical turmoil that I would have to deal with last year. I spent a lot of 2017 in a deep depression that eventually required voluntary hospitalization in March…

Spring has Sprung

By Traci | March 30, 2017

With warmer weather comes more opportunities to get outside and interaction with our furry and four-legged friends are optimized. And while we are out interacting with our animal companions, it can reduce isolation, something that many who struggle with mental health and wellness know all too well. Animals just have a way of breaking the…

Heather LaRossa

By Katherine Gotthardt | February 1, 2017

My name is Heather LaRossa , and the program Rise Phoenix Rise and Traci Jones has been a big help for me,, matter a fact I’ve gotten more out of this program in less time then I’ve ever gotten from state/county mental health,, mainly because our animals are a big part of it,, but also…

The dogs are BARKing

By Traci | January 21, 2017

Effective May 16, 2016, Rise Phoenix Rise is insured and ready to start meeting at BARK, a dog rescue in Ashland, Va.  We will have our first meeting June 7, 2016 exactly 2 months since our first meeting at the Pamunkey Ashland library!  We will meet at 6:30 pm at 12300 Farrington Rd. Ashland, Va…

New Faces New Friends

By Traci | June 28, 2016

We’ve been having successful meetings at BARK. Inc. for a month now and we have really come far in that month!  We have met many new faces and made many new friends.  Luckily for us, but for you too, is that we will have a new blogger who will do her best to be devoted…