Host or Offer Space to Recovery Programs and Support Groups
Finding a supportive community and building strong relationships are essential to ongoing recovery.
These programs assist those with substance-use disorders to feel less alone by connecting them to others who are also in recovery. These programs can also support those receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as part of their recovery.
“When I meet a Jewish person who is in active addiction, I do not offer them to go synagogue and pray. The first place I'm going to send them is to the appropriate 12-step group.”
Here are just a few ways to “open your doors” to the community:
- Offer your space for weekly recovery programs and/or self-help support groups for people with substance-use disorders, as well as their families who may also need support.
- Connect people to existing support in your community.
- Offer free transportation to treatment services and/or recovery support programs.
- Advertise local meetings in your newsletters, community calendars, websites, and social media channels. Consider including:
- Local AA.org, NA.org and/or CelebrateRecovery.com mutual aid support groups.
- SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline (Free, confidential help in English/Spanish, 24/7): (800) 662-HELP (4357).
- Your community’s programs on United Way 2.1.1., your Facebook® page, or community’s event schedule.
- When offering public or congregational prayer — particularly prayers for the sick — please pray for people who are suffering opioid or substance-use disorder.