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Moving on with Strength

I am in awe of the capacity the late United States Representative John Lewis had to forgive. I will admit I had no idea the depth of his personal suffrage until recently.

As Lewis’ life has been memorialized, I was especially taken by the fact Lewis was nearly beaten to death as part of a march for civil rights on May 4, 1961 in Rock Hill, South Carolina and then beaten again on March 7, 1965, suffering a fractured skull in Selma, Alabama.

Yet he was quoted saying, “You have to have the capacity and ability to take what people did, and how they did it, and forgive them and move on.”

I am not sure I would have that same capacity or ability if I encountered all the adversarial attitudes and physical attacks, Lewis suffered. Although I am thankful for men like Lewis who stood the challenge and served our country as a United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020 from pancreatic cancer.

It humbles me to think of the occasional strife I suffer and how I react. It also reminds me that no matter what the obstacle or adversarial comment that might be made against me, I need to have the capacity to forgive and move on.

How different would each of our lives be if we took Lewis’ advice today – not to imply we should accept when someone wrongs us, however, after righting the wrong, we moved on and not allow that action tear us down, I believe that is what Lewis would say.

So as you find yourself confronted with controversy or your words or actions twisted, remember what your intent is and focus on how you can persevere for good, letting go of the negative or when possible just ignoring it. And if the situation requires action, do your best to have a well thought out plan that lifts you up and doesn’t bring your adversary down more than is necessary, so that as Lewis said, you have the ability to forgive and move on.

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As of January 18, 2023, Grant Blackford Mental Health and Family Services Society, two organizations that merged in April 2022, rebranded under the unified name Radiant Health.

We’re excited for you to meet the new us, and to get a chance to help work together on the new you.

How we help.

When you’re in the middle of it, addiction can feel like a dead-end road. We know for certain that it isn’t. Just like any mental health challenge, addiction is an obstacle on our path. And, with some innovation and hardwork, we can work our way around it. On the other side of that obstacle is a bright future with healthy relationships, purpose-driven life, and a profound joy that’s been missing for all too long.

What do we mean?

Like so many things, mental health is passed down through families. Through behaviors, mirroring, and conditioning, we learn so much of what we know from those closest to us. Oftentimes that’s for the better, sometimes it’s not. At Radiant Health, we’re here to help ensure that your family makes purpose and joy as hereditary as any trait you might pass down to future generations. With a bit of hard word, together, we can make joy run in your family. 

What is Better?

Better ≠ perfect. Better means a path of continuous improvement; of evolution. When we focus on getting 1% better, 1% brighter every single day., we’re able to see the joy in the moment, while feeling the pride that comes with taking the reins over your life and working hard on yourself.  Here at Radiant, to focus on your future, we move towards it one achievable step at a time. 

What is Better Care?

When we talk about “brighter, better care” through our specialized services it boils down to 3 simple ideas. First, better care is safer care. Our facilities and staff are trained and equipped to offer safe, secure facilities during any stay. Second, better care is a respect for dignity. We believe in the dignity of every human being and we treat each person with the same level of respect. Finally, better care is the pursuit of purpose. Our treatment is designed with the firm belief that every person has purpose and, through it, finds joy.

What to Expect?

At Radiant Health you can expect a warmth and cheer that are rare in the mental health space. We believe firmly that the commitment to mental health is a commitment to finding purpose, but also discovering joy in the pursuit of it. Walking through our doors is a simple and transparent process. You’ll begin with an initial consultation with our expert staff, developing a blueprint, and taking that first step towards incremental improvement.