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A Mission for Michael: Setting a New Standard for Recovery

Nov 29, 2017 Health & Wellness Jody Robinson

Historically, great change has been associated with fire. A great crucible, reforming lives beneath the purifying heat of flame. The sea however, with its unfathomable depths, hold a great mystery to the effects of change over time. After all, the phrase “sea change” originated from the power of the ocean to alter landscapes. Thanks to Shakespeare: an idiom that can cool the fan of flame, and still signify our lives taking shape in ways they would never have before, as we are reformed under the great heat or weight of tragedy. John “Tripp” H. Smith, III and his wife Loretta are no strangers to that indescribable pressure. When their son Michael took his own life on November 10, 2007, their lives were altered forever. Despite being a successful young man in his earlier life, Michael had “devolved” into an unrecognizable person as a result of his depression, and subsequent dependence on chemical substance to help self-medicate his problems. After his passing, bound to create something beautiful, Tripp and his close friend Dr. Richard Granese, MD, a well-respected Orange County psychiatrist joined together to found A Mission for Michael, Inc. to help remember Michael, and carry his legacy forward: helping others escape...

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