FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — There are currently more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction. In Forsyth County, the grassroots group Recovery Community Foundation of Forsyth is aiming to be a beacon of hope for those people.
Now their efforts have been rewarded after Facing Addiction, a national non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction, chose the foundation as one of 15 for a pilot program.
Throughout 2017, Facing Addiction will work with the recovery community organizations’ pilot program to develop a strategic campaign unique to the local community, according to Catherine Rosborough, foundation founder and president.
“They will be advising and providing assistance in both organizational and program development, plans for collaborating with other community organizations and stakeholders including law enforcement, accountability courts, schools, local officials, news media and will also be providing support in procuring local funding,” Rosborough said. “Facing Addiction and the recovery community understand that healthy individuals are crucial to healthy families and healthy families are crucial to healthy communities. After development of infrastructure, the recovery community organizations’ pilot community programs will be used as models for other programs in various stages of development nationally.”
Founded in August 2016, the Recovery Community Foundation of Forsyth is composed of people in recovery, their family and friends and other recovery allies. It is a type of recovery community organization which is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery.
“RCO’s are popping up all over the country,” Rosborough said. “They exist to spread the hope of recovery. We do get better. People in long-term recovery are uniting to share our stories of hope in order to address the stigma and discrimination people living in active addiction and recovery from addiction face every day.”
And stigma is one of the main barriers to treatment, she said.
“We are putting a positive face and voice on recovery and advocating for more treatment and recovery resources and for public policies that reflect addiction as a preventable, treatable, chronic health condition, not a moral failing,” Rosborough said. “We see addiction in the news daily in ways which reinforce the stigma, but rarely do we see stories about the success stories of people who have recovered.”
Recovery is a lifelong journey which happens in communities, Rosborough said.
“The mission of RCFF is to establish and maintain unified, community-based services which support long-term recovery from addiction,” she said. “Our mission is fulfilled through Peer Recovery Support Services, public outreach and education about long-term recovery and the positive impact it has on communities and through advocating at the local and state levels to address policies which reinforce stigma.”
The local community identified lack of transitional services for those returning to the community, she said. To address this, RCFF has collaborated with Breathe Yoga, breatheyogaatlanta.com, to offer weekly recovery classes.
The group also provides open All Recovery Group meetings weekly and peer coaching by Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists. Through collaboration with The Place of Forsyth County, work-readiness and job training certifications are offered for free.
Contact Catherine Rosborough at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.