Ending the Stigma
What Are the Consequences of Stigma? Discrimination, shame and fear is a reason why so many people do not seek treatment for substance use and mental health disorders; including the negative affect it may have on their job or opinion of neighbors and community members.
Our goal is to remove the stigma by educating communities to change how they view these illnesses. And provide recovery support systems for youth, individuals and families to build resiliency.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration) defines recovery support as recovery-oriented care and recovery support systems to help people with mental and substance use disorders manage their conditions successfully. There are four major dimensions that support recovery: health, home, purpose and community.
What is Peer-based Supports? PBS assist individuals and families to access their own pathway to recovery and other resources that can increase awareness, self-care and wellness by connecting them to a Peer Recovery Coach.
Peer Recovery Coaches are there to share their lived-experience, knowledge, and hope while meeting individuals and families where they are and helping them to navigate to where they want to be. Peer Recovery Coaches support people in their process to pursue a healthier lifestyle, education, employment, family support and community involvement.
Peer Recovery Coaches are guides, advocates, allies, mentors, and resource brokers. What we are not is: counselors, therapists, doctors, nurses or clergy.
The R.E.A.C.H. OUT Project is "A Recovery Community Where You Live." Our focus is to create safe recovery-friendly community where individuals and families can thrive without the negative effects of stigma or shame.
We believe community outreach is the heart and foundation to our organization. The success of our community outreach is through the partnerships and collaboration we have with prevention and treatment agencies, schools, first responders, businesses and leadership within local and state government.
Since the R.E.A.C.H. OUT Project was founded in 2014, we have held an annual Recovery Run/Wellness Walk at Walnut Beach in Milford, Connecticut to stomp out stigma and bring communities together to show there is HOPE and recovery is possible.
For referrals to the peer-based supports and a list of trainings and wellness programs call 855-324-HOPE(4673). Most trainings are held at the Transformation Training Center located at 429 Naugatuck Ave., Milford.
There are many resources available to help individuals and their families navigate through the difficult journey of addition. Here are just a few: