The Solution

CRA working to create a recovery friendly community to help to get people who struggle with substance use disorder  (SUD, commonly referred to as addiction) the help they need and deserve. When we’re given the proper support, we can begin our healing process. Which in return, will also help heal the community. When a community’s members are healthier, happier, and more productive in society, the community thrives. 

Here at CRA, we strive every day to make the northern Michigan community a recovery friendly one. Below, you will see just some of our current and upcoming programs. 

In January 2023, we will be opening a Recovery Community Center. This will be a space run by people in recovery, for people in recovery. This will be a space where people can come for services, or just for a place to relax and hang out. Mutual support groups will host meetings here. CRA and other Recovery Organizations will host trainings and workshops. We will have a consistent calendar of Recovery Friendly Events happening at the Center.

For more information on this upcoming project, please contact our Executive Director, Caitlin, at caitlin@crami.org.

We know that many of those who are incarcerated or have been incarcerated, have a substance use disorder- even if their crime was not related to their SUD. 

At CRA, we are working on ways to provide additional support for those who have been incarcerated including: 

  • Peer Recovery Coaching with a coach with lived experience to help people who have been recently released from jail or prison as they reintegrate into their communities.
  • Providing Jail Release Kits which provide supplies and information for people being released from our local jails to help support them during their first 72 hours after release including Narcan, personal hygiene supplies, information, vouchers, and more. 
  • Working with local jails to offer Mutual Support Group meetings other than AA/NA. There are many pathways to Recovery, and by offering other program options, we hope to be able to reach more individuals with the message that recovery is possible. 

In 2023, we will also be launching our Recovery Friendly Workplace programs. These are training programs for employers to help managers, supervisors, and leadership teams understand how to handle situations when someone on their workforce is affected by SUD. This could be people who suffer from SUD, but also how to support family and friends affected by loved ones with SUD. 

In addition to the training programs, we are also able to offer Peer Recovery Coaching services to those companies that partner with us. We can send our Peer Recovery Coach to your workplace to help both the management and the individual navigate this tough topic, help the person seek treatment if necessary, and help with reintegration into the workforce after treatment. 

If you are interested in how becoming a Recovery Friendly Workplace is a financial benefit to your company, please contact us at Support@crami.org for more information. 

Tackle the Misconceptions of Substance Use Disorder (Addiction)

One of the best way to change the stigma is to clear up the misconceptions people have about Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Below are truths about some of the most common misconceptions surrounding addiction.

SUD is a choice.

While the initial decision to use a substance may be voluntary, the way a person’s brain reacts to that substance is not. Misuse of substances changes the brain, which makes discontinuing use challenging without professional help.

Somebody who can’t quit their addiction is just lacking “willpower.”

Willpower alone will not help a person to overcome a SUD. There is physical and psychological damage behind a SUD that needs professional attention. A person battling SUD needs individualized medical and/or clinical treatments, integrative therapies, and mindfulness practices to restore balance to their life.

If you have a career and family, you can’t struggle with SUD.

The idea that all people battling substance use disorders are homeless or struggling to stay off the streets is false. Many people who have substance use problems hold down jobs and have families. They mask their SUD well from family, friends, and employers and are referred to as the “functional” types.

SUD should be charged with prison time.

Many people believe that people who struggle with SUD should withdrawal and fend for themselves within the prison system because that’s what they think they deserve. However, individuals who end up in prison while struggling with SUD will most likely continue with addictive behaviors when their prison sentence ends. So, instead of putting people in jail, it’s better to offer these individuals a chance to get the help they need.

A person has to hit rock bottom to get the help they need.

This misconception is actually a dangerous one. Hitting rock bottom could mean a person has finally reached the point where it is too late to get help. Everyone’s rock bottom is different. For some, it could be when they are beginning to live on the streets or have had a nearly fatal overdose. For others, they might not need to experience such drastic circumstances. Their wakeup call may just be when they lose a personal relationship or are no longer excelling at school or work.

Change the Language Associated with Addiction

The words used when talking about SUD plays a big role in the stigma. There are some words and phrases that need to be changed in order to create a more accepting environment for people facing addiction.

CRA has an ever-growing page of resources that will aid anyone in their recovery journey. We are also working to expand our team of staff who will be able to provide in-house services to those who need them. If there is a resource you need that isn’t listed on our website, please contact us so we can get you the help you need.

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