Year-End Message from the CEO

Another year has come and gone. It honestly feels like only yesterday that we planned our 2023 journey, that it is now nearly over. As in years past, I would like to recognize all of us that have lost loved ones, friends, or colleagues. In honor of their suffering and loss, we continue to offer our condolences, our understanding, our compassion, and our love. Unbelievingly it seems that as every new year dawns upon us, new and deadlier substances cross our paths.

This past year we examined one of those, Xylazine, an especially dangerous and deadly substance. We also reviewed the additional difficulties and stigma our recovering LGBTQIA friends and colleagues endure as they attempt to fight the deadly consequences and sequalae of the many years (sometimes decades) that they succumbed to during their addictions. To those that have suffered, strained, and fought endlessly, yet maintained their sobriety we offer our deepest congratulations. We also examined sustained recovery and how those successfully demonstrated their fortitude and strengths as they learned to live their lives one day at a time, drug and alcohol free. But importantly, we also recognize that meeting people where they are at, in their journey is the most important assistance we can provide. Judgement free, we must remember that we are responsible only for the effort and recognize that there are no failures. Even recovery attempts should be celebrated.         

In the meantime, our Board of Directors, senior management staff and myself, want to reassure you that we will continue in our quest to provide you with the help and support you may need as you help those less fortunate than ourselves. We are all experiencing increased economic pressures and an uncertain economic environment, but I want to assure you that all of our departments remain united in our efforts to continue to provide you with the materials and support you need. As we have said before there are no words sufficient to thank you for the work you do, the struggles you engage in to help those less fortunate than ourselves. For that and so many more reasons, we at The SASSI Institute share our thanks!

In short, we want you to always consider us your allies as you help your clients. Remember we are only a phone call, text or email message away. Stay safe and may you all have a joyous and healthy holiday season and New Year.

Warm regards,