Non-Profit to host forum addressing addiction recovery

MARION – As communities across the nation deal with the opiate epidemic, a local non-profit is working with treatment centers to educate residents on addiction recovery services here.

The Marion chapter for A League of Women Voters, a non-partisan voter education and advocacy organization, is hosting a forum with representatives from four addiction treatment centers at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Marion Public Library, 446 E. Church St.

The goal is to provide information to community members about diverse treatment options in the area that address different stages of the recovery process.

Panelists from organizations such as the Crawford-Marion ADAMH , Marion Area Counseling Center’s Jody’s House and Dave’s House, the Arnita Pittman Community Recovery Center and Maryhaven will give 10-minute presentations, highlighting the different kinds of services that their organizations offer.

“Addiction recovery programs are not a ‘one size fits all’ setting for treating all addicts,” said Jo Ann Radwin-Zimmerman, communications chair for LWVM. “Each addiction victim has a unique set of conditions — personal, environmental, etc., that has to be considered when seeking treatment for that person.”

Thursday’s forum is a result of a survey conducted by the organization last spring, which found that community members wanted to learn more about drug addiction treatment.

Forum officials hope that the presentations will answer any questions that people might have regarding what is being done to prevent recovering addicts from relapsing. The event is free.

By highlighting steps that are being taken in the community, panelist Arnita Pittman hopes the forum will be able to attract more people into recovery.

Forming a sober housing program in 2015, Pittman works with adult males recovering from drug addiction, providing them with a recovery that provides 24-hour monitoring by a staff of five employees.

“I will be explaining what we do for the men and why there is a need for this program,” Pittman said.

Working with the community, Pittman aims to take recovering addicts off the streets, providing them with shelter, transportation to counselling sessions and job skills.

The program cost $550 a month for services provided and residents come from all aspects of society; patients of other treatment centers to men who have just been released from prison.

Each representative will be providing a summary of their organization and what they are doing in the fight against addiction. Learning material relating to addiction recovery will be provided by some of the panelists.

“This is not about coming up with new solutions, we want people to know that solutions already exist,” Radwin-Zimmerman said.

Source: Marion Star

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