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Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center • Aug 26, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center had the privilege and honor to have one of SARCC’s Camp Recovery attendees present at the 5th Annual Opiate Conference.

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency came together to host Ohio’s 2014 Opiate Conference: Don’t Get Me Started on July 1, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.  This is the fifth time that a variety of professionals along with some persons in long-term recovery from across Ohio joined together to learn about Ohio’s opiate epidemic and to continue developing solutions in practices for communities. The event offered over 20 breakout sessions that covered an assortment of areas that are all impacted by opiate usage in Ohio. Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center was proud to be a small part of this annual event and was proud to have been asked to allow one of our persons in long-term recovery to speak. 

The ongoing battle against substance abuse is gaining strength through education, prevention and community outreach programs and events. On the statewide level there are organizations such as the Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery whose mission is to promote recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. This organization is working to eliminate barriers to recovery resulting from stigma and discrimination associated with addictions. OCAAR also is helping to increase access to recovery support services and advocates for a system of care that supports recovery throughout the lifespan of the individual. This organization also supports the development of addiction recovery advocates, such as the Ohio Certified Peer Supporters, and fosters leadership within the recovery community. Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center just recently held another Ohio Certified Peer Support training at our facility and trained another 15 possible Ohio Certified Peer Supporters. It is with organizations such as the Ohio Citizens Advocates for Addiction Recovery, Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center, our local support agencies and the recovery community that the battle against addiction, mental illness and stigma will be won. 

In the struggle against substance abuse we will need the help of all who wish to bring recovery, health, wellness and vitality into our community. This author has been a personal witness to many meetings involving every facet and faction in our area dealing with these issues and can report that our communities are striving to be living in the solution rather than in the problem. SARCC knows that it is in the trying that we will succeed and no plan can be perfect. Yet, not to try will ensure defeat and SARCC invites all in our community to participate in finding answers to these problems. We at Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center continue to state “Nothing About Us Without Us” and invite all with compassion, commitment and dedication to join us in “Living in the Solution Rather Than the Problem”. With this commitment in mind Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center will be the starting point for this years Annual Recovery Walk this coming September 13th. SARCC will be partnering with other Recovery Community Support Agencies and with members that are in recovery to help promote that recovery is a reality. If you are interested in being part of the solution you can follow this recovery blog for further details about this upcoming event. There will be a recovery rally with speakers, recovery countdown, releasing balloons to remember loved ones who are no longer with us or just to honor those in recovery. Along with fellowship, family fun and a FREE Recovery T-Shirts for the first 200 registrants.

Like the parable of the thousand starfish stranded on the beach we may not be able to save all but it will surely matter to the ones we do save. So with this in mind we, as community, will move forward one step at a time marching in sync with a new paradigm for recovery that is all-inclusive and encompassing. Taking the best from past successes and implementing new strategies to promote the process of change from substance abuse to health and wellness so the individual can live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.  

For more information about the RECOVERY WALK visit www.artisansrecoveryctr.com/

For information about Ohio Citizens Advocates for Addiction Recovery www.oca-ohio.org/

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