Recovery Café Network Launches Third Cohort to Address Addiction Epidemic

 

Recovery Café Network Launches Third Cohort to Address Addiction Epidemic

Washington D.C., North Carolina, Washington, and Oregon groups to start Recovery Cafés to respond to the addiction crisis damaging their local communities.

 

Seattle, WA: This April, the Recovery Café Network will be adding its third cohort of member organizations opening Recovery Cafés in Washington D.C., Raleigh, North Carolina; Orting, Washington; and Medford, Oregon to respond to the addiction epidemic facing their cities. Over a two-day session, taking place from April 23-24, the Recovery Café Network team will train the new Café leaders to serve people suffering from addiction, homelessness and other mental health challenges in their communities using the Recovery Café model of peer-based support.

 

With the addiction epidemic ravaging communities across the country and homelessness rates rising in many rural, suburban and metropolitan areas, the Recovery Café and its network of member Cafés have seen success by providing a stable community for those suffering from these challenges. In Seattle alone, the Café serves over 900 people annually. Each Recovery Café serves as a constant, long-term support system and provides access to resources like housing, social and health services, education and employment opportunities to sustain long-term recovery and prevent relapse.

 

“We are committed to spreading the Recovery Cafe model until healing communities of belonging become the norm in the way we respond to addiction and other mental health conditions in our country.” stated Recovery Café Founding Director Killian Noe.

 

During the two-day training, the new Recovery Café Network groups will learn the basics of the Café’s peer-based support model including:

  • Peer facilitated support groups called Recovery Circles
  • Providing evidence informed classes on topics such as relapse prevention, building healthy relationships, and emotional expression through art
  • How to create a welcoming and healing setting for all people to thrive
  • Monitoring and evaluation of programming to demonstrate impact
  • Creating a robust volunteer program that reduces stigma and building cross socio-economic community

 

Upon completion of the training, the new network locations will have the tools they need to start forming the foundation for recovery in their communities.

 

“The collective impact of this growing network of healing communities will over time transform thousands of lives, not just those that come through the doors of these new Recovery Cafés, but also their friends and family members,” stated David Uhl, the Recovery Café Network Director.

 

About Recovery Café Network & The Recovery Café Model: Recovery Café Network is a program of Recovery Café that seeks to foster long-term recovery for women and men who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges across the United States. Founded in 2004 in downtown Seattle, Recovery Café has grown to serve over 900 members annually to travel down the path of lifelong recovery. Recovery Café Network’s program is designed to equip groups to replicate the Recovery Café model to help people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. More information contact David Uhl, Recovery Café Network Director.

 

 

 

Recovery Café Network Expands, Again!

A reflection by Killian Noe

Communities across America are struggling with the growing and catastrophic impact of the opioid addiction epidemic. Take Dayton, Ohio, for example, a city in a state where in 2016 alone, drug overdoses claimed the lives of over 4,000 Ohioans; and more recently, fentanyl flooded the community causing over 200 accidental ingestions and intoxications in Dayton’s children’s hospital. Other communities in West Virginia and South Bronx, New York experience addiction’s most crippling ripple effects with the highest overdose rates in the country. Nearly two months have passed since the White House recognized the opioid epidemic as a national state of emergency, and tragically, no action has been taken. In these communities’ most trying times, there is a need for hope, compassion and a commitment to long-term recovery for those suffering from addiction and other mental health challenges.

At the end of last week, we witnessed the beginning stages of what hope can do for a community with the launch of two new Recovery Café locations. The Recovery Café Network began its second learning cohort, welcoming groups working to open Recovery Cafés in Dayton, Ohio and another Café in Clark County, Washington. In the two-day launch, the cohort members came to Seattle to be trained in the Recovery Café’s peer-based support model. The cohort members learned how to conduct loving accountability groups called Recovery Circles, provide evidence informed classes on topics including relapse prevention, create a welcoming and healing environment, and raise necessary resources. This training laid the foundation that we will build on together over the next two years.

One of our advocates, Enid Osborne, Public Health Adviser of SAMHSA once said, “Love is underneath everything that happens at Recovery Cafe.”

That transforming, healing love is manifested in the Recovery Cafés operating in San Jose, Calif; Seattle, Spokane, Everett, Tacoma and Vancouver, Washington. Our deep desire is that the same transforming, healing love will be “underneath everything that happens” in every Recovery Café that opens; that all those suffering from addiction and other mental health challenges throughout our nation will come to know they are valued and loved.

Recovery Café Network Launches Second Cohort

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 David Uhl

Recovery Café Network

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Recovery Café Network launches second cohort to address addiction epidemic

Dayton, OH and Vancouver, WA, groups to start Recovery Cafés to respond to the addiction crisis damaging their local communities.

Seattle, WA: On October 12, the Recovery Café Network announced its second cohort of member organizations opening Recovery Cafés in Dayton, Ohio and Vancouver, Washington to respond to the addiction epidemic facing their cities. Over a two-day session, the Recovery Café Network team will train the new Café leaders to serve people suffering from addiction, homelessness and other mental health challenges in their communities using the Recovery Café model of peer-based support.

With the addiction epidemic ravaging communities across the country and homelessness rates rising in many rural, suburban and metropolitan areas, the Recovery Café and its network of member Cafés have seen success by providing a stable community for those suffering from these challenges. In Seattle alone, the Café serves over 900 people annually. Each Recovery Café serves as a constant, long-term support system and provides access to resources like housing, social and health services, education and employment opportunities to sustain long-term recovery and prevent relapse.

“We are committed to spreading the Recovery Cafe model until healing communities of belonging become the norm in the way we respond to addiction and other mental health conditions in our country.” stated Recovery Café Founding Director Killian Noe.

During the two-day training, the new Recovery Café Network groups will learn the basics of the Café’s peer-based support model including:

  • Peer facilitated support groups called Recovery Circles
  • Providing evidence informed classes on topics such as relapse prevention, building healthy relationships, and emotional expression through art
  • How to create a welcoming and healing setting for all people to thrive
  • Monitoring and evaluation of programming to demonstrate impact
  • Creating a robust volunteer program that reduces stigma and building cross socio-economic community
  • Fundraising

Upon completion of the training, the new network locations will have the tools they need to start forming the foundation for recovery in their communities. The Recovery Café Network will provide continual support for the Dayton and Vancouver locations to ensure that they provide the level of service and support needed for these men and women to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment opportunities.

About Recovery Café Network & The Recovery Café Model: Recovery Café Network is a program of Recovery Café that seeks to foster long-term recovery for women and men who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges across the United States. Founded in 2004 in downtown Seattle, Recovery Café has grown to serve over 900 members annually to travel down the path of lifelong recovery. Recovery Café Network’s program is designed to equip groups to replicate the Recovery Café model to help people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. More information can be found at www.recoverycafenetwork.org.

Recovery Café Presents at National Conferences 

In partnership with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Altarum Institute and Washington State, Recovery Café engaged Dr. David Fetterman to do a more thorough analysis of our data collection and program evaluation methods. While we know that Recovery Café’s holistic cohort of services is effective, we wanted to be able to better quantify the results of our work.

 

 

 

 

This month-long process of self-evaluation included Café members, community volunteers, staff, board members, and partner agencies.

As a result of the initial two phases of this process, Recovery Café was invited to present at  the American Evaluation Association 2016 Conference held in Atlanta, GA October 24-29th as well as the American Public Health Association 2016 Conference held in Denver, CO October 29th-November 2nd.

 

 

 

Both presentations were a great opportunity to share Recovery Café’s message with the larger community and hopefully plant seeds for other communities to consider replicating our model. We will be doing a third and fourth phase of analysis with Dr. Fetterman and are excited to see what will continue to come from this endeavor. As always, we are grateful for visionary investors like you and SAMHSA for investing in this healing work both to serve people on a daily basis as well as to promote system wide national change.