Recently the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties started a Peer Recovery group, attended by individuals in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction. We hear daily that drug abuse is a real problem in our community. Our families and communities are not immune to alcohol, prescription drugs, and heroin addiction. From 2012-2014, we had recorded 31 overdose deaths in Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties. And these are just the ones that we were able to track down throughout the system.
Community leaders have started many initiatives to combat this problem. Law enforcement agencies are doing a great job combating this problem, local treatment agencies are implementing new treatment services for our residents, the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board is funding new initiatives, including housing, detox, medication assisted treatment. But how can we reach the heart of the problem?
Individuals in recovery are leading the Peer Recovery group. This is not counseling or therapy. We talk about the problem, receive feedback and suggestions, plan community events and educational campaigns, and show people that there is hope!
People in recovery are brave! We now have a voice; we champion the recovery of those suffering around us. We plan to educate and strengthen the community. For more information or if you would you like to be involved with our local Peer Recovery Group, please contact us at [email protected]