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OVERCOMING THE HIGH COST OF LOW LIVING
Why Community Involvement Is Important in Recovery
Achieving a life of sustained sobriety is about so much more than just abstaining from drugs and alcohol. It often involves building personal resilience, overcoming negative thinking patterns, acquiring life-skills and developing a community support network, that fosters healthy family dynamics, nurturing friendships, and peer support.
The typical recovery snapshot (particularly for those in their first year of recovery) often includes access to cognitive- behavioral therapy, or group counseling, and regular attendance at peer-to-peer support groups such as - Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery or LifeRing.
Understanding The Diagnostic Criteria For:
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), no longer uses the terms substance abuse and substance dependence, rather it refers to substance use disorders, which are defined as mild, moderate, or severe to indicate the level of severity, which is determined by the number of diagnostic criteria met by an individual. Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. According to the DSM-5, a diagnosis of substance use disorder is based on evidence of impaired control, social impairment, risky use, and pharmacological criteria.
Definition retrieved from SAMHSA
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO?
Colusa County Recovery is a peer-run, volunteer, community-based, grassroots organization, of people helping people.
Our mission is to build bridges that connect people to innovative recovery options, evidenced-based therapies, peer support solutions, and mutual aid organizations; where they can get the help, support and guidance necessary, to begin their journey of healing and restoration.
How Probation Is Benefiting Community Members with Substance Use Disorders
Probation allows community members who have been convicted of a crime, or may be going through the criminal justice and Court process, to remain in the community under the supervision of a probation department. Remaining in the community allows the person on probation to work and maintain daily life, with the added structure and support of the probation department and a probation officer.
"As a person who was once caught up in the throes of addiction, I can testify to the benefits that a probationer can receive by participating in evidence-based programs, and relapse prevention classes, that are facilitated by a probation officer," says Susan Wagenaar, founder of CCR. "I still utilize many of the recovery and relapse prevention principles that I learned through STAYING QUIT classes, and its accompanying workbook.' To learn more about Colusa County Department of Probation, click HERE.
Resources, Tools & Activities
Tour Colusa National Wildlife Refuge
Enjoy wildlife viewing and photography as you drive the three-mile, graveled auto tour through wetlands or walk a one-mile trail along a lush riparian slough. Thousands of waterfowl are present from September through March. Peak populations occur in December and January.
The refuge is open one-hour before sunrise to one-hour after sunset year-round.
"Recovery gives back what addiction has taken from individuals, families, and communities. It gave me back my daughter, Susan."
- E.A. Crain, Stonyford, Ca.
You can visit all of Colusa Counties seven library locations. Each library offers a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, reference guides and films on DVD; in addition to free Wi-Fi and computer workstations for students, local residents and visitors.
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