In fulfilling the scope of work in a BCOR SAMHSA grant, our teams have encountered barriers and fissures in the recovery landscape. As COVID-19 engulfed our nation, LARA, mTx, PCA came together to create a Virtual RCO that could address some disparities that a brick and mortar program could barely touch. We will discuss our journey, our troubleshooting, and our progress with the RLS participants.
As our country becomes more and more ethnically diverse, it is vital that Recovery Community Organizations lead by ensuring all recovery voices are represented and served. For Trilogy, that meant living in a community made up of 24% Hispanics, and boarding a neighboring town, made up 49% Hispanics, we needed to be intentional about meeting the recovery needs of this cultural group. Doing Latino Outreach fits naturally with our family support services considering that the Latino community tends to be more communal than individualistic focused. Come and learn from Trilogy’s challenges and successes in working with the Latino community and families.
A conversational presentation on the family experience through a child’s adolescent substance use to adult long-term recovery within a world largely unfamiliar with the science and facts surrounding the serious illness of addiction. An authentic accounting from the unique lenses of both parent and child. Highlighting emerging programs of evidence-informed strategy for families (the Invitation to Change Approach embedding principles of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)|Motivational Interviewing|Acceptance and Commitment Therapy); modeling best-use language for reducing negative/stigmatic perceptions; and the inherent benefit and value of person-centered/patient advocacy, and peer supports.
When a member of a family suffers from addiction, children are most often the first ones hurt and the last ones helped. But there are time-proven strategies and programs ready to help RCOs include the impacted children and families in their own healing and recovery process. Through two critical tools, learn how to develop resiliency in families utilizing NACoA’s Children’s Program Kit and the Celebrating Families!TM evidence-based program. Curricula provides everything needed to create, facilitate, and sustain strong educational peer support programming to heal and strengthen families.
The Community Reinforcement and Family Training presentation will explain a peer-facilitated Family Recovery Coach approach to offer a 12 session CRAFT Family Support Group applying exercises identified in each chapter from the book, “Get Your Loved One Sober”, subtitled, Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening, written by Robert J, Meyers, Ph.D. and Brenda L. Wolfe, Ph.D., published by Hazelden. After an introduction of CRAFT and how USARA has adapted the CRAFT model to work in a group setting and with one on one non-clinical peer coaching, we will identify the 3 goals of CRAFT and the need for family support. We will address the type of individual needed for leading CRAFT Family Support and how group and individual coaching is facilitated by peer family recovery coaches who have received training and use shared and lived experience. USARA and those who have participated in CRAFT Family Support Groups held throughout Utah have endorsed the CRAFT model as the most impactful solution they have come across. Together we can overcome the stigma of addiction, encourage hope for recovery, and provide support to families who through a proven approach can benefit the person with substance use disorder and their family members.
One person dies every 7 minutes of an accidental overdose in the U.S. today. Mothers have been told by healthcare professionals for decades to use “tough love,” paternalistic approaches in handling our children who struggle with substance use disorders. This has merely added to the stigma, and too many precious lives are being lost. Parents of people who struggle with an addiction to opioids know that their child has lost his way in a devilish maze, creating a serious threat to finding a healthy and successful life. We know that he/she is in critical danger of dying, so we reject labels of “enabling” and codependency” and advocate for true love not tough love. Labels such as “addict” and “codependent” are disparaging and stigmatizing and should never be used to define a person. We are reclaiming our basic mother’s right to nurture and protect our children. We propose maternal and humanistic approaches to address substance use disorders and the opioid overdose crisis. We are teaching lessons of love in addressing this tragic epidemic.