This 15th annual “back-to-school survey” continues the unique effort of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University to track attitudes of teens and those, like parents, who influence them. Over a decade and a half, through this survey we have identified factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of teen substance abuse. Armed with this knowledge, parents, teachers, clergy, coaches and other responsible adults are better able to help our nation’s teens grow up drug free……
Source: Advocacy with Anonymity
You can speak out publicly without compromising the principles of the recovery program in which you participate. Through speaking out, you will be able to reach out to alcoholics, addicts, their families, and their communities and provide them with new hope.
Anonymity is the cornerstone principle of many twelve-step groups and recovery programs. It is an essential element of success because it gives the recovering person the protection he/she needs from scrutiny. Anonymity also plays a crucial role in establishing personal humility, which is a spiritual foundation of recovery.
The principle of anonymity was established to keep groups from becoming enmeshed in any public controversy that would divert them from their primary purpose of helping alcoholics and addicts find recovery.
Clearly this does not preclude you from speaking out about your own recovery or from advocating for the rights of other alcoholics and addicts, as long as you do not involve the twelve-step group by name.
There are many ways to advocate. Start by telling your story, speak to civic or religious groups, contact your local legislators, write letters to your local newspaper, etc. We are an invisible population, hiding behind a mask of stigma and shame. We must become visable again.
COLUMBIA- Phoenix Programs’ Incorporated has a new treatment facility. The center on East Leslie Lane combines all the steps in alcohol and drug treatment into a single building. Phoenix Programs’ wants to continue to be a an organization dedicated to support and hope for people dealing with substance abuse. Phoenix Programs’ Development Officer Jarin Wood said the new facility provides convenience when seeking treatment. The group used to have several locations for people to receive treatment. However, this new center means people who need help in Boone County only have to go to one place to receive Phoenix’s services. “If a client comes to us here wanting help, all of the services are offered here in this particular building,” said Wood. Phoenix Programs’ Incorporated has been providing substance abuse treatment in Boone County for more than 35 years, but it works to provide more than just therapy and counseling. “To have a whole network of support, for people who come here for help, so that they can really be returned to the community as quickly as possible, because that’s where long-term recovery occurs,” said Phoenix Prevention Specialist Heather Harlan. Phoenix focuses on the importance of education and treatment in the recovery process as well. For people to be able to understand that more, helps us understand how to treat it, how people can experience long-term recovery and also how to support family members in the process,” said Harlan. The opening of the new center also kicked off recognizing the month of September as Recovery Month. Phoenix Programs’ Inc. is hosting several public events to inform how to improve the lives of those suffering from substance abuse. A complete schedule of events can be found at http://www.phoenixprogramsinc.org or at http://www.recoverymonth.gov
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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid led a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of Phoenix Programs’ new facility.
Federal grants and donations helped pay for the $4.7 million building that actually opened last year.
The facility sits near the corner of Providence Road and Vandiver Drive across the street from Wilson’s Total Fitness.
About 40 Phoenix Programs counselors provide services to about 2,000 people with addictions to drugs and alcohol.
The 28,000-square-foot facility replaces three smaller Phoenix Programs Inc. locations scattered throughout Columbia.
“We’ve actually doubled our space,” Executive Director Deborah Beste said. “We’re much more efficient with our service delivery. I think that’s what the community expects. We are delivering a professional and yet very efficient service.”
Phoenix Programs administrators will be hosting awareness events throughout the Columbia community this month.
COLUMBIA — Phoenix Programs celebrated the official opening of its new facility on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Mayor Bob McDavid, Ambassadors Chairwoman Keri Tipton of the Chamber of Commerce and Phoenix Programs Executive Director Deborah Beste together used a pair of oversize scissors to cut through the ribbon, which marked not only the opening of Phoenix Programs’ new facility but also the kickoff of Recovery Month.
Phoenix Programs is a nonprofit organization that provides treatment for Columbia residents with addictions to alcohol and other substances.
The new facility at 90 E. Leslie Lane is a consolidation of two other previous Phoenix Programs locations, one on Fifth Street and the other on Vandiver Drive.
The new 28,000-square-foot facility cost about $4.8 million, said Jarin Wood, development officer of Phoenix Programs.
Wood said the land itself cost $1 million and was donated anonymously, while the other $3.8 million covered the cost of the building and was funded through grants and donations.
The new facility allows for an easier treatment process for clients because they don’t have to be moved from one facility to another. There is also more space at the new location, which can hold up to 41 residents at once, Wood said.
In addition to the residential accommodations in Phoenix Programs’ new building, there are also detoxification treatment facilities, outpatient treatment areas for different levels of abuse, offices for case management professionals and counselors, a new computer lab that should be available to use within two weeks and a host of other services, Wood said.
The computer lab will be used to help teach clients skills for the workplace, such as creating resumes and writing e-mails.
Phoenix Programs aims to provide a comfortable facility for their clients that is supportive of their goals.
“We want our clients to come in with hope and leave with freedom,” Wood said.
An area of the facility the staff calls the “Wall of Hope” has large painted words of encouragement such as “Hope & Trust,” “Respect” and “Dignity” that clients see as they walk by each day.
Counseling offices on the upper floors of the building have strategically placed windows that overlook a row of trees, creating an atmosphere of peace to help clients feel at ease.
“Phoenix Programs has jumped the Grand Canyon,” said Heather Harlan, prevention specialist for Phoenix Programs. “We’ve gone from small scattered sites to being one of the premier facilities in the state.”
Phoenix Programs serves an average of 2,000 people per year, with hopes to expand its outreach with its larger accommodations.
“We are continuing our efforts to bring the community together and let people know addictions are real diseases that can be treated,” Wood said
Phoenix Programs, Inc. Ribbon Cutting Kicks Off a Month of Awareness
On Wednesday September 1, 2010 at 4:30PM, Mayor Bob McDavid will issue a proclamation at the ribbon cutting that marks the official opening of Phoenix Programs’ new facility. The building is located at 90 East Leslie Lane, Columbia, MO. The ceremony kicks off Recovery Month. This year’s Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Now More Than Ever!,” reflects the campaign’s goal of reaching groups who may be susceptible to alcohol and/or drug use during times of stress.
“Stress can be a major contributor to the use of alcohol and/or drugs, and may trigger some people to relapse or return to substance use after periods of abstinence,” said Deborah Beste, Executive Director. “At Phoenix Programs, now more than ever, we recognize that treatment, and recovery, happen in the community. This building is a community achievement. The members of our community are an integral part of reaching out to those that can benefit from substance abuse treatment, and encourage friends, colleagues, and family members to begin, and continue, their journey of recovery.”
The Recovery Month observance highlights the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment, lauds the contributions of treatment providers and promotes the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible. The observance also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective substance abuse treatment for those in need. Recovery Month provides a platform to celebrate people in recovery and those who serve them. Each September, thousands of treatment programs around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about treatment, how it works, for whom, and why. Substance abuse treatment providers have made significant accomplishments, having transformed the lives of untold thousands of Americans. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these successes. Recovery Month also serves to educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis, that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible. Recovery Month highlights the benefits of treatment for not only the affected individual, but for their family, friends, workplace, and society as a whole. Educating the public reduces the stigma associated with addiction and treatment. Accurate knowledge of the disease helps.
On June 2, 2010 Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law tougher penalties for people who drive while intoxicated (DWI).
The new law will require more time in jail for repeat offenders and those who drive with higher blood alcohol levels (BAC). In addition, DWI violations will no longer be handled by municipal courts, moving into criminal courts where penalties can be tougher. The law will also put into place a tracking system for repeat offenders, and offer substance abuse treatment instead of jail time. Read More.
Phoenix Programs offers a wide array of support and treatment programs for individuals who struggle with the legal consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. Contact us for more information or an assessment.
Phoenix Programs is one of 25 programs in the United States selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a Phase II Tobacco Cessation Pioneer, under the Tobacco-Free Campaign.
The goal of the Campaign, an ongoing partnership with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC), is to expand the reach of nicotine addiction and prevention services; directly impacting people with mental health or substance abuse disorders.
The additional funding will allow Phoenix Programs to enhance the existing tobacco cessation program and implement an assessment and referral system for all Phoenix Programs clients. Phoenix Programs’ tobacco cessation program is an evidence-based intervention designed to enhance long-term success in recovery for those who struggle with addiction.
This initiative will save thousands of lives and enhance the health of everyone in the recovery community. For more information about tobacco cessation services click here.
Jane Suarez, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor I at Phoenix Programs, enlisted the help of daughter Ashley Drissell to harness the skills of MU art students in creating a piece of public art that captures the spirit of the recovery community. Drissell teaches a first year ceramics class at the University of Missouri and this year the students decided that they wanted to design and donate a large piece of public art to the community; providing them with practical experience designing and presenting a piece. Drissell’s connection to Phoenix Programs made them an obvious choice.
“My love of art, music, and dance…keeps me grounded, replenished and able to maintain balance in my own life, “said Ms. Suarez. “Empowering others in their healing and recovery is one of my life’s greatest joys.”
The project combines public art with awareness and empowerment. The piece is composed of large ceramic tiles with quotes and pictures from clients, giving a voice to an invisible, and often forgotten, community struggling to be free of addiction.
“I want to live a peaceful life,” says one client. “Never give up,” says another. “My greatest dream is that I remain clean and sober for the rest of my life.”
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