The 450 people at the DoubleTree Hotel in the early morning of August 26 were told to get up if their homes had been affected by drug addiction.
The large ballroom had few people seated.
This was not surprising, said Trudy Hodges, CEO of Springs Recovery Connection, because “two out of three households are affected by drug addiction in one way or another.” In the past difficult year, “there has been a 36% increase in overdose deaths in this country,” she told supporters.
Calls for help from the local drug addiction peer coaching association rose to 8,665 in 2020, and there were 715 emergency room referrals at Memorial Hospital Central.
Hearing the number of people affected, who have jumped amid pandemic closures, business closures, job losses and quarantines, those at the breakfast donated a record-breaking 152,000. $ for recovery work to grow and continue. There were moving videos and in-person stories of those who had successfully struggled with drug or alcohol addiction, most of whom are now leading others. There was a mother who thought she had lost her teenage son to drug addiction, but she was there for him throughout his recovery.
Hodges said, “Today we are the only fully accredited community recovery organization in Colorado and one of 25 accredited in the United States. We are now part of healthcare solutions.
She explained: “A peer coach is a well-trained person who has their own lived experience with substance use disorders. And because of their own recovery and well-being, they want to give back. Peer coaches can relate to those who go into recovery in a more understanding and impactful way than many others.
Hodges praised “the courage of those recovering from a fate” and said the SRC provides this support to nearly 2,000 people each year.
Chairman of the Board, Mark Kane, welcomed guests: “This event provides us with an opportunity to learn how Springs Recovery Connection impacts the lives and futures of those they serve. ensures they have a peer to “walk with them” through the challenges of recovery. “
The “Walk With Me” event paid tribute to Cathy Plush, described as “a woman with enormous vision” who founded the tiny non-profit organization eight years ago.
“I am a woman recovering long term from the chronic illness of alcoholism,” Plush told guests.
Alcohol brought me to my knees over 30 years ago. “I’ve always been very quiet about my sobriety and didn’t talk much about my recovery story until I started this organization in 2013. I started to understand that when we talk about our recovery, stigma and shame cannot survive. My recovery is sacred to me, and I consider it my greatest gift. She is now stepping down, “leaving this organization to the next generation of peer leaders.”
The program has grown into referrals from a number of agencies, law enforcement, courts and a partnership with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center for paid training for peer volunteers, during which there is practical experience.
Everything is done step by step, day after day, they say. There were Wildflower Footprint Seed Cards that anyone could take home to plant. Her quote card: “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step in your life. Tiptoe if necessary, but take the step. – Naeem Callaway, blogger and nonprofit mentor founder.
And the morning ended with the serenity prayer of the recovering addict.
For more information, visit srchope.org.