We had the good fortune of connecting with Rod Rushing and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rod, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
I’ve read so many great books over the years, but I’d have to say that “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron has probably given me the most mileage. And 2020 is certainly a year in which many, many things are falling apart. I have shared it with many of the people I have worked with over the years. It’s a blueprint for resilience. “Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I began my work in Behavioral Health doing advocacy for at risk clients who were HIV positive. I would drive them to medical appointments, social work appointments, and co-facilitated a weekly support group. I realized that not all people have the same beliefs, self-efficacy, or same determination. Our weekly group had 20-25 people regularly for a while and many of them continued to struggle with drug use. However 15 years later, most of them have found recovery for themselves, and I learned that not everyone recovers in the timeline I have in mind, but with support most of them will find their own way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This happens actually. We would stop at Yolanda’s Castle Rock for nachos on our way to Buena Vista and Salida. We’d stay in Salida for a couple of days, visiting galleries and eating locally. Definitely we’d spend a day at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and hopefully utilize the creek lounge with cold water and hot springs water combined. We’d then drive to Aspen for some great food and a day hiking and breathing in the beauty of Maroon Bells. We may even rent a bicycle. We would stay in Carbondale and soak up the small town beauty there. And we’d then go visit the hot springs in Glenwood and spend the final days exploring the canyon, hanging lake,

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Merlyn Karst- He inspired me to get involved with the Recovery Side of Behavioral Health.

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