Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Presents the Wedding Proving Life After Substance Abuse is Possible

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Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center is proud to announce the upcoming nuptials of James and Corretta, two former substance abusers who successfully graduated Above and Beyond's programs to become clean and sober alumni.

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If these two homeless addicts can find love and happiness while detoxifying their minds and bodies in pursuit of their life’s meaning and purpose, then we have evidence of a modern-day miracle in our very midst.

This coming Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 1:00 PM, James and Corretta will join in holy matrimony at Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center located at 2954 West Lake Street in Chicago, IL.

What makes this union so very special is the fact that James and Corretta met as homeless substance abusers, one opioid and one alcohol, while participating in the unique outpatient addiction treatment programs offered by Above and Beyond.

If these two homeless addicts can find love and happiness while detoxifying their minds and bodies in pursuit of their life’s meaning and purpose, then we have evidence of a modern-day miracle in our very midst. We have proof that anything we can conceive of and believe in, can happen!

Partially because of the meaning and purpose that they discovered while participating in Above and Beyond’s hyper-differentiated addiction healing methodologies (which embrace REBT and Logotherapy concepts), and partially because they found each other, both of them have graduated from Above and Beyond’s programs and have become clean and sober alumni with the full intention of continuing their deep relationship with the welcoming communities at Above and Beyond.

As they put it, they “love their sobriety as much as they love each other.”

Officiating the ceremony will be Brenda Dixon who is not only their counselor, but their pastor as well. Above and Beyond has provided refreshments, the room, decorations, and is contributing as much support and love as can be gathered and given away.

By coincidence, both matrimonial partners-to-be were temporarily sheltered at The Boulevard, a temporary residency for disabled homeless victims who works very closely with Above and Beyond, but they were not allowed to fraternize due to house rules. So they met in their synchronistic desire to get clean and sober at Above and Beyond with rewards awaiting that neither could ever have imagined.

Their life together will begin in earnest on Monday, December 5th, when they will take up residency in an SRO (Single Room Occupancy) unit that was facilitated by the Housing Director at Above and Beyond. Their bleakness of their materialistic life is vastly overwhelmed by the richness of their deep dedication, caring, and love for their sobriety and for each other.

These two are considered modern day heroes by the staff and community at Above and Beyond because of their staunch defiance of the odds that have been, and continue to be, stacked against them. But this is what the populations of Above and Beyond face daily, and less grandiose, but just as important, miracles of this type happen all the time in the elegant décor and settings of Above and Beyond. The numerous differentiating characteristics of Above and Beyond have shattered the norms of addiction treatment primarily because its benefactor, Bryan Cressey, has made certain that their services are chasing addictions instead of diminishing state and federal reimbursement dollars, which compromises services and results.

The public is encouraged to attend and gifts would be more than welcomed, since the couple has no resources whatsoever. The ceremony begins at 1:00 and WGN will be covering the event, so anyone who is touched by this “rags to recovery” love story needs to find a way to contribute, in whatever way they are able no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Wedding gift information and donations can be communicated to info(at)anb(dot)today.

For additional information go to Above and Beyond’s website at: http://www.anb.today

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