Kentucky Organization Helps Those Still In Recovery From Addiction
Even after receiving treatment and successfully getting sober, the recovery process doesn’t end there for most people. While much of the country is focused on just getting people into treatment, one Kentucky organization offered support for those who have beat addiction, but are still in recovery.
Saturday, April 30th, just happens to be the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It’s also the day that the Northern Kentucky People Advocating Recovery will host the Recovery Summit 2016, for those persons in recovery who still need assistance.
According to the website:
“NKY PAR is a grassroots organization working to break down the barriers to recovery.”
The Summit is based on a survey of over 300 people in addiction recovery. In the survey, participants were asked to pinpoint obstacles they encountered during recovery.
Lisa Ruschman, Northern Kentucky People Advocating Recovery:
“These are people who are getting better, who have so much potential. They are resilient. They have walked through the fire. But they need support. They need help.”
According to the released results of the 325 residents of Louisville and Northern Kentucky, these are the top recovery barriers identified:
- Returning to environments associated with previous substance use.
- Concerns about disappointing others.
- Dealing with financial issues (debt, rent, child support, etc.).
- Coping with life situations, such as car breaking down, losing a job, etc.
- Figuring out how to structure time.
- Overcoming other people’s unrealistic expectations about recovery.
- Dealing with frustration without using substances.
- Finding housing while having a felony on record.
- Needing transportation.
- Dealing with others’ misconceptions about treatment and recovery.
While there were practical issues identified as obstacles, the survey also revealed emotional stressors, such as disappointing others and overcoming unrealistic expectations. Many people don’t realize how long true recovery can actually take, and just because you’ve made it through treatment, doesn’t mean you’re cured. Persons still need continued support.
The daylong Summit will feature several experts, as well as classes which will instruct those in recovery how to address barriers and access resources.
While tickets for The Summit may be sold out, the organization hosts many more activities, including Overdose Response Training (and offers free kits.)
Also, if you are interested in disposing of unwanted or expired prescription medications, you can find a drop off location at this website.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A, Psychology
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