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Over the course of the next 8 weeks, Plymouth County Outreach will be sharing different pathways to treatment and information about them across our social media channels! Check in on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to learn about a new pathway to treatment! . . The goal of the #NoOnePath social media campaign is to raise awareness for the many different pathways to treatment and to celebrate whatever path it is that has lead someone to wellness. There is no "right or "wrong" path for finding recovery. Everyone's recovery looks different and no one should every feel ashamed of the way in which they find recovery. . . For questions or more information feel free to message Plymouth County Outreach on Facebook or email Vicky Butler- vbutler@plymouthcountyoutreach.org

Detox is where an individual goes to be medically supervised while they safely withdraw from substances. The process of detoxification rids the body of toxins and unwanted substances in a 24- hour medically supervised setting. In some situations (such as Benzodiazepines and alcohol) medically supervised detox is necessary and without it an individual will be at a higher risk for seizures and in some cases, death. . . For many, detox is the first touch point with treatment as well as the first step in their recovery, but it is not the case for all. In most cases an individual needs to go to detox or be medically cleared by a physician before continuing on to other levels of treatment/care services, as detox helps individuals prepare for the next step in the recovery process. . . #NoOnePath

Don’t forget to come visit us at the 2019 Plymouth Waterfront Festival today from 10am-6pm. We’re located in Brewster Garden.

Clinical Stabilization (CSS) or step down units are short term inpatient facilities that give individuals the time they need to stabilize from the physical and psychological impacts of active substance use in a therapeutic environment. Through group and individual counseling, individuals develop personalized treatment plans. These treatment plans help to identify an individual's needs and develop an aftercare plan. Clinical stabilization also offers a multitude of services for individuals including but no limited to: assessments, treatment plans, groups, counseling, case management and aftercare. . . #NoOnePath

Transitional Support Services (TSS) also known as “holding”, are short-term residential care programs. Transitional Support Services offer individuals a safe and structured environment to support their recovery process after detoxification. Typically, individuals reside here while they are awaiting a bed at a long term care facility, such as a halfway house or sober living facility. . . #NoOnePath

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) combines medically supervised detoxification with medication and counseling to bring a “whole patient approach” using FDA approved medications. . . Methadone comes as a pill, liquid or a water form and is taken daily at a specially licensed treatment center. . . Buprenorphine, also known as suboxone, is taken daily at first. After time, it is taken daily or every other day. This medication is dispensed at treatment centers or prescribed by doctors with special approval. People who are stable in recovery may be prescribed a supply of medication to take at home. . . Naltrexone, also known as Vivitrol, helps overcome addiction in a different way. It blocks the effect of opiate drugs and takes away the feeling of getting high if the problem drug is used again. Vivitrol is given in the form of a shot in an office setting every 3 weeks to a month. . . It’s a common misconception that MAT is switching out one drug for another, but research shows that this is not the truth. MAT has been shown to be safe and save lives by reducing drug use, reducing risk of overdose, reducing criminal activity, and reducing infectious disease transmission as well as increasing retention of treatment. . . #NoOnePath

A halfway house is a drug and alcohol free residence that helps those suffering from a substance use disorder adjust to a sober lifestyle. Halfway houses are focused on teaching people to be more independent and help them to develop the skills they need for sober, independent living. Often halfway houses require that residents complete chores, attend house meetings and do community service. Additionally, halfway houses offer structure by holding classes and different groups throughout the day. Halfway houses are often covered by insurance. . . #NoOnePath

Sober living is any place of residence that is dedicated to helping individuals live a sober lifestyle. Sober living offers individuals healthy structure, a sense of community and freedom. Typically individuals residing in sober houses share in the chores and upkeep of the house, participate in house meetings and adhere to requirements to continue living there(i.e. curfew, random drug testing). The added accountability to stay sober can act as a motivator, especially for those individuals who are still in early recovery. Individuals residing in sober homes are also living with other individuals who are committed to staying sober, which helps build a community within the sober house. Sober living is usually an out of pocket expense that can range from minimal to expensive. . . #NoOnePath

DROP IN CENTER TONIGHT- VAPING PRESENTATION The PCO Hope Drop In Center in East Bridgewater will be open tonight from 5pm - 7:30pm. On site resources are available if you or someone you know if struggling with substance use disorder and looking for help. Join us at 6:30pm for our special presentation on vaping.

The 12-step program is a fellowship of people aiming to help others obtain abstinence. This is done through relationships with others that actively practice the 12-steps of recovery. These individuals help guide those who are new in recovery through the program. The 12- step model utilizes the 12 tenets emphasizing personal growth and dependence on a high power. In 12-step programs, an individual new to recovery will obtain a sponsor. A sponsor is a person who has been abstinent for a long period and who is prepared to support a newly abstinent member navigate recovery. . . AA and NA are the largest 12-step programs around but they are not the only ones. 12-step programs have grown to include different types of addictions. Some popular 12-step based programs include pill addicts anonymous, cocaine anonymous, gamblers anonymous, overeaters anonymous, sex addicts anonymous and smokers anonymous. Additionally, there 12-step based programs such as alanon, alateen, codependents anonymous and children of alcoholics, which are centered around the family of the person with the addiction. . . #NoOnePath

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are primary treatment and support programs that can help to treat substance use disorder. The intensive outpatient program is more intensive than just an outpatient treatment program that offers individuals hours of counseling a day, a few days a week. These programs are great for individuals who do not need medically supervised detox and have the desire to continue their therapy in a part time, but intense atmosphere. Additionally, IOP’s provide individual, family and group counseling, prevention measures and case management. IOP’s allow for an individual to still live a normal work/life/recovery balance. . . #NoOnePath

Tonight and every Monday night 'Just the Facts' gathers at the Duxbury Senior Center for an informal family support group, addressing addiction and the chaos that comes with it. Their focus is on a solution. If you or someone you know needs support and resources, stop by this meeting. 10 Mayflower Street, Duxbury at 7pm.

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) allows an individual to reside at home while participating in a short term stabilization program where they commute to the treatment center 5 days a week. The focus of the treatment is of the overall individual, not just the substance use disorder. The aim of partial hospitalization programs is to reduce the number of inpatient hospital stays. PHP integrates different therapies, skill building, assessments and check-ins amongst other things. . . #NoOnePath

Structured Outpatient Addiction Programs (SOAP) aim to help individuals gain self awareness into their substance use disorder. The length of the program and number of days an individual attends are based on each person's needs. These programs can meet up to 5 days a week for a few hours a day with the average length of treatment being 6-8 weeks. SOAP is great for individuals who are trying to maintain a work/ life /recovery balance. Many SOAP programs offer day and night sessions to be accommodating to individuals lifestyles. . . #NoOnePath

Recovery Centers are places that individuals can go to become engaged in the recovery community and meet other individuals that are in recovery. Recovery centers offer information and resources for not only those suffering from a substance use disorder but their family members and loved ones. Additionally, these centers often offer classes, groups and sober events! Below are local recovery centers in and around Plymouth County: . . Plymouth Recovery Center 71 Obery St, Plymouth https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthRecoveryCenter/ . . Stairway to Recovery 142 Crescent St, Brockton https://gandaracenter.org/stairway-to-recovery/ . . South Shore Peer Recovery 51 Cole Parkway, Scituate http://www.southshorepeerrecovery.com/ . . The Anchor of Hull 7 Hadassah Way, Hull https://www.facebook.com/theanchorofhull/ . . PIER Recovery Center of Cape Cod 209 Main St https://gandaracenter.org/pier/ . . #NoOnePath

Holistic addiction treatment aims to address an individual's overall well-being rather than solely their substance use disorder. Holistic treatment for substance use disorder is very much individualized, as it identifies the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of substance use disorder on each individual’s life. Once these are identified, a personalized treatment plan can be created to be as effective as possible. . . It is important to note that holistic treatment isn't solely “alternative medicine” and often incorporates evidence and scientific based practices to help treat an individual. . . #NoOnePath

Faith based treatment for substance use disorder can have different looks. Some treatment practices may use minimal faith based practices, utilizing it for structure. Other treatment practices may incorporate faith into every piece of the treatment process. Each program addresses the spiritual as well as medical needs of the individual. Spiritual advisors help with re-connecting the individual to their faith. Faith based treatment can be either inpatient or outpatient and can be found in both traditional and non-traditional treatment settings, including churches. . . #NoOnePath

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-Centered, specifically Christian, 12- step program designed to facilitate recovery. Celebrate Recovery utilizes non-specific large group gatherings and individual mentoring. It also encourages participants to form a small group of "Accountability Partners" who all have the same problem and support one another closely. . . #NoOnePath

In honor of Recovery Month some of our PCO Recovery Coaches wanted to share some words of wisdom for those still struggling.

A Recovery Coach is someone in recovery or with lived experience that is interested in promoting recovery by removing barriers and obstacles to recovery, and by serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or in recovery. These individuals are living examples that recovery is possible. . . #NoOnePath

Boston Bulldogs is a co-ed 501(c)3 non-profit running club established to provide an anonymous and safe community of support for all those adversely affected by addiction - those in recovery, their families and friends, the clinical community and the community at large. The Club promotes an integrated approach to wellness and self-leadership in recovery on a journey to discover the kind-hearted warrior and true potential within each of us. . . For more information, visit https://www.bostonbulldogsrunning.com/ . . The Bulldogs are running tonight at 6:30pm starting from Nelson Memorial Park in Plymouth

Looking for resources for a substance use disorder for yourself or someone else? Stop by the drop-in center in East Bridgewater tonight from 5-7pm! . . Drop-In Centers are open house style events where people can enjoy food and conversation with community resource specialists who can offer assistance with treatment placement, Narcan and Narcan training, support and hope.

Busy night last night for our team! . . Another successful night at Carver Night Out! Thank you to our Lead Recovery Coach Anne Marie and Recovery Coach Haley for spreading awareness of Plymouth County Outreach with the Carver community. @paariusa @americorps member Hannah and Operations Supervisor Vicky were able to attend the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative 10th Annual Overdose vigil to remember those we have lost to substance use disorder and provide resources to those in attendance.

@paariusa Executive Director Allie Hunter and PCO’s Operations Supervisor Vicky Butler had a great time in the WCA 9 studio, filming for The Phyllis Show and spreading the word about our new PCO Hub initiative to increase access to care, made possible by @southshorehealth

Looking for resources for a substance use disorder for yourself or someone else? Stop by the satellite drop-in center in Kingston tonight from 5-7pm! . . Drop-In Centers are open house style events where people can enjoy food and conversation with community resource specialists who can offer assistance with treatment placement, support and hope.

Thursday August 8th. Resources start at 6:30- Program begins at 7:00pm

Great to see Gosnold Inc. Recovery Manager Lenny Cardoza featured here on page 16. Gosnold has been a dedicated partner of ours from the beginning and we’re grateful to have Lenny as part of our outreach team! https://en.calameo.com/read/000043714e5649ae6188e

The Good Samaritan Law protects those, who in good faith, call 911 in the event of an overdose unless you have a warrant or enough drugs to be considered trafficking. . . Narcan is available at your local pharmacy for the cost of a co-pay. Carry Naloxone; Help save a life.

It is important to get tested regularly since bloodborne diseases can be spread through the sharing of needles and show no signs for the first 6 months. The good news is that early detection and treatment can prevent the disease from weakening the immune system and progressing into AIDS. The earlier you start treatment for Hepatitis B & C the greater the chances it won’t lead to liver damage, liver cancer, liver failure or kidney disease. . . Places to get tested in Plymouth County: . . The COPE Center, 81 Pleasant Street in Brockton. Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm https://www.bamsi.org/program/community-outreach-prevention-and-education/ . . Manet Health, 180 George Washington Blvd in Hull 2nd Wednesday from 4pm-7pm. . . ACCESS Program in Plymouth out of BID- Plymouth 275 Sandwich Street Plymouth, MA 02360 (508) 746-2000 . . You can also be tested by your primary care physician . . #ReduceTheHarm

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Risk reduction materials aid in reducing the negative effects of substance use and other high-risk behaviors that may be associated with substance use. Some examples of risk reduction materials are: condoms, wound kits, one-shot kits and pipe holders. These materials not only aim to reduce the spread of infections and viruses as a result of substance use but also aim to keep people safe while using substances. . . Where to obtain risk reduction materials: The COPE Center, 81 Pleasant Street in Brockton. Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm. https://www.bamsi.org/program/community-outreach-prevention-and-education/ . . #ReduceTheHarm

For Immediate Release: . . Since last Saturday, Plymouth, Carver and Wareham have experienced 10 overdoses, with 5 being fatal suspected overdoses.

During the months of July and August the PCO Hope Drop-In Center will be operating on a modified schedule. The Drop-In Center will be meeting once a month in each location (East Bridgewater and Plymouth) from 5pm-7pm. The dates can be seen below. . Z Additionally, the first satellite Drop-In Center will be held in Kingston on July 23rd at The Church of Christ located at 50 Pembroke Street.

Boston Bulldogs is a co-ed 501(c)3 non-profit running club established to provide an anonymous and safe community of support for all those adversely affected by addiction - those in recovery, their families and friends, the clinical community and the community at large. The Club promotes an integrated approach to wellness and self-leadership in recovery on a journey to discover the kind-hearted warrior and true potential within each of us. . . For more information, visit https://www.bostonbulldogsrunning.com/ . . The Bulldogs are running tonight at 6:30pm starting from Nelson Memorial Park in Plymouth

Harm reduction practices help make substance use safer and less harmful to the person using and the community around them. Over the past 6 weeks, we have highlighted various harm reduction practices that help keep people safe and alive. . . If you are not ready to go into treatment, remember these practices, as they will help keep you and the community around you safer as well as lessening your chances of a fatal overdose. Also remember that there is no one pathway to treatment. Treatment and the path to sustained recovery looks different for everyone. . . This campaign was reviewed and supported by the PCO Advisory Board, PCO Members, numerous Doctors and Public Health Officials.

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Drop-In Centers are open house style events, where an individual can walk in and talk to community resource specialists. The community resource specialists can help in an array of ways including treatment placement, aftercare planning, narcan training, or offer simple conversation and support. Additionally, the Drop-In Centers are a great resource for family members and loved ones as there are representatives from support groups, Narcan kits, and hope being offered in a welcoming, judgement-free atmosphere. . . Drop-In Centers in Plymouth County: . . -East Bridgewater- 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at the Community Covenant Church. 400 Pleasant St. 5:8:30pm . . -Plymouth- 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. New Hope Chapel. 89 Court Street. 5-8:30pm. *No Narcan available. . . -Wareham- 3rd Wednesday of the month. Church of the Good Shepherd. 74 High Street. 5-9pm . . #ReduceTheHarm