Summer Series: Exploring Addictions (Part 4)

On Monday, August 27th, we had the last session of our Summer Series, where we heard from Priscilla Shafor and Jacquie Johnson, from Ottagon Area Recovery (otherwise known as, OAR). This final lecture discussed the Importance of Peer Support in Recovery.

The Role of a Peer Recovery Coach
- Outreach work with clients
-Coaching and support to clients as challenges arise
-Sober companionship
-Knowledge of local resources, access methods
-Open mind to all pathways of recovery

Why do I use? Because I don’t have the resources I need to be successful – ex felons particularly.

- Can’t hire you because the felony is too new
- No factory work in the immediate area
-No transportation
-Can’t get someone to rent to you

Pathways to Recovery: Is there a right way? Whatever works for you is the right way!

A recovery coach is not a sponsor, counselor, probation officer, nurse/doctor or priest/minister/rabbi.

Many Pathways can lead to recovery including:
-MAT (Methadone, Vivitrol, Suboxone, Antabuse)
-Harm Reduction – using marijuana but not using heroin – I’m doing something less – not everyone can support this so you need the right recovery coach

One size does not fit all

Groups include:
-Recovering couples (St. Paul UCC)
-Yoga and Recovery – St. Pat’s – Mind, Body, Spirit – AA Meeting, Journey of Hope Yoga
-Celebrate Recovery – Muskegon, Holland, Jenison – recovery from all things
-Faith Based Recovery Group – Watermark Church – only one between GH and Holland
-Secular Alcoholics Anonymous – – AA without the prayers
-Refuge Recovery – mindfulness based, Buddhist philosophy – MuskegoN
- Medication Assisted Recovery
-SMART Recovery – Education for recovering people by recovering people – the person in the mirror is the one who has to do the work. Four-point program derived from CBT/REBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Stages of Change, and Motivational Enhancement Theory. Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely. Wednesdays at 6pm at the Momentum Center – useful for any addictive behavior.

-Recovery Support Group – GH at OAR Fridays 9am – topic discussion, casual format
-Al-Anon – Family Groups
-Alateen – none currently in the area – similar to Facebook

OAR has details on all of these groups if anyone is interested. We heal and grow and recover in community.

OAR started 48 years ago when a group of professionals including pastors, law enforcement, and a judge realized there needed to be a half-way house for men. Now we have Harbor House.

Family Recovery Group at All Shores Wesleyan

Families need professional help but insurance doesn’t pay for that. Through a grant, OAR offers a 12 or 13 module curriculum where family members can also meet others who love someone in addiction, usually not in treatment. Learn about addiction, your role, healthy behaviors, but mostly you get connected to other people. The program at All Shores Wesleyan is free.

How do I know I can get services? Call OAR. You don’t need to call insurance to figure it out, they will help you navigate that.