Recovery Needs Survey Results – Pathways of Recovery

In 2016, FOR-NY created a state-wide survey that was distributed to individuals and families living in recovery from addiction, families who lost a loved one to addiction, and people who have otherwise been impacted by addiction. Almost 1700 people across New York participated in FOR-NY’s first recovery needs assessment. Over the last few months, we…

Recovery Story – Rev. Edith Washington-Woods

He told me he liked me A LOT. I believed him and when I was five he started sexually molesting me.  He was my babysitter’s son. I learned very quickly how to disassociate and escape my body. My dad gave me my first drink of Schlitz Malt liquor beer when I was six. I enjoyed…

FOR-NY to Offer Updated Science of Addiction & Recovery Training in 3 Locations Across NYS

Last year FOR-NY partnered with Faces and Voices of Recovery to present “The Science of Addiction & Recovery (SOAR),” a ground breaking training originally funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  SOAR was designed to open up the conversation about addiction and recovery to a wide range of audiences, including:  law enforcement, schools,…

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Policy Corner – Recovery Housing

RECOVERY HOUSING – A CRITICAL RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICE NEEDED IN NEW YORK STATE Food, shelter and clothing are the three basic necessities for all human beings. For those individuals healing from active substance use, the lack of stable alcohol and drug-free living environments can make it difficult for them to build and sustain their recovery….

Peer Engagement Specialists

Peer Engagement Specialists are individuals who utilize their own addiction and recovery expertise, as Recovery Coaches/Peer Recovery Advocates to serve as a resource for individuals and families impacted by addiction.  And agencies are being creative about where and how to use them.  This month we introduce Jordan Eubanks, a “Peer Specialist” currently living and working…

Refuge=Recovery

Pathways of Recovery: Refuge Recovery

The idea of applying Buddhist principles to recovery is not new. In a pamphlet published by the very first AA group in Akron, Ohio in the 1940s, and edited by Dr. Bob Smith, called “Spiritual Milestones in Alcoholics Anonymous,” one of AA’s earliest members shared the following thoughts on Buddhism: “Consider the eight-part program laid…

Turning Loss into Hope – Linda Ventura

I was on the Long Island Rail Road headed for Penn Station. As on every workday, I was preoccupied with meeting agendas, my hectic schedule, and the responsibilities of being the single mother of three. Suddenly, my phone rang. I will never forget the uncontrollable sobbing in the voice of my youngest son, Andrew, as…

The LGBT Community Center Youth Clubhouse

We first introduced The LGBT Community Center’s Youth Clubhouse in the October 2016 issue of Recovery Talk when it first opened its doors to LGBT youth (ages 18-21) in New York City and its boroughs. That was almost seven months ago so we thought we’d check in to see how things are progressing and boy,…

Recovery Fitness

RCO Spotlight: ROCovery Fitness

ROCovery Fitness was founded somewhat by accident in January, 2015 when two sober individuals struggling with sobriety, Yana Khashper and Sean Smith, posted to Facebook that they were going on a hike and invited other sober individuals to come along. About a dozen people showed up for that first hike and in no time, the…

Stand Up for Recovery

A Letter from Stephanie Campbell

Friends, At the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1995, headlines screamed that AIDS had become the leading killer of Americans between the ages of 25 and 44, with more than 49,000 people having succumbed to the disease. Earlier during the 1980s, when people were already dying from AIDS, public officials simply ignored it. People…

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