Recovery coach program graduates 12

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Many people have connections to those who suffer from substance use disorders. And there are times when families, friends, churches and co-workers wish they could do more when it comes to helping those in need of services. That’s why officials say recovery coaches are so vital in communities.

On Friday, a dozen community members in Wilson completed the Recovery Coach Training Academy, led by Recovery Communities of North Carolina. The 30-hour training was held at RC3, the Recovery Concepts Community Center in Wilson.

“We wanted to train people in the community who are change-makers,” said Erin Day, Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition executive director.

Day told the new recovery coaches they will be able to help people in their communities who are battling substance use disorder.

Recovery coaches help others initiate and sustain addiction recovery. They are also personal guides and mentors for those who choose any pathway to recovery, officials said.

The program is a peer-based addition support service that is non-clinical and designed to engage others beyond recovery initiation through stabilization and into recovery maintenance.

The 12 graduates entered the program from an array of disciplines and employers, including the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s social services and health departments, the faith community and Wilson County Emergency Medical Services, among others.

There are now 22 recovery coaches in the Wilson area. The next training session is slated for the fall.

Day said the program is about empowering the recovery community.

“We are bringing you into the fold,” she told the group. She said the coaches are vital and will make true, lasting changes in not only in the workplace, but within families, groups of friends and church congregations.

These recovery coaches are now planted in the Wilson community for folks to reach out to for help. The academy prepares coaches to help others no matter what stage of the recovery process they may find themselves.

The Recovery Coach Academy was made possible through an Eastpointe grant Wilson County DSS received to address the opioid crisis. The Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition was also a sponsor.

The training was one of several ways the Wilson community is tackling the opioid epidemic on multiple fronts. Agencies have been working to implement initiatives when it comes to prevention, intervention and recovery.