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Digital Recovery For The Modern Age
As a community, we can learn a lot from the strength and courage of lions.
Just like a pride of lions, our rural community can work together to address the
complexities of addiction and support those in need. Each member of the
community, whether a well-funded agency, a small community organization,
a church, or an individual with lived life experience, has a unique role and
contribution to make, just like each lion in a pride.
At Colusa County Recovery, we believe in the power of the lion pride mentality.
Our grassroots recovery outreach may not have the financial resources of larger agencies, but our volunteers have the hearts and courage of lions, and are dedicated to helping individuals break the cycle of addiction and live happy, productive lives.
Let us join together, like a pride of lions, to build a diverse network of support and services that ensures the recovery and success of all members of our community.
The Vital Role of Community in Recovery
Recovery is not just an individual journey, but also a collective one that involves the entire community. In fact, a strong and supportive community is essential for a successful recovery. By participating in community events, such as festivals, fairs, fundraisers, holiday and cultural celebrations, individuals in recovery can connect with others, and experience new things through a sober lens.
Civic activities such as volunteering, advocacy, and political engagement can also be powerful tools for strengthening recovery. By getting involved in causes they care about, individuals can build a sense of purpose, develop new skills, and make a positive impact on their community. Volunteering, in particular, can be especially beneficial for recovery, as it provides an opportunity to connect with others, feel a sense of accomplishment, and build self-esteem.
Church and other faith-based communities can also play an important role in recovery. These communities can offer a sense of spiritual guidance, moral support, and fellowship that can be essential for individuals on their recovery journey.
By participating in one's community, recovering individuals can build a sense of belonging, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, and discover new interests and passions, and contribute to the greater good.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO?
Colusa County Recovery (CCR) was founded in December of 2020 on the principles of people helping people.
Our free digital recovery platform and companion recovery discussion group on Facebook (Clean and Sober Nation) has become valuable additions to our rural community's existing TOOLBOX of available services that address substance use disorders.
We embrace all gateways to recovery and wellness.
We envision a healthy, safe, and resilient community model.
We recognized the inherent value of technology to reach individuals and community members at risk.
We are autonomous, pragmatic, and hold ourselves to the highest standard.
CCR is comprised of volunteers, who are passionate about helping others in our community.
Our digital platform was funded by two community members in 2020.
We are here to listen to you, we are here to support you, and we are here to work towards positive change.
RECOVERY IS A TEAM SPORT
(Colusa County Recovery) - Addiction recovery is a challenging process that requires a lot of hard work and determination. One key ingredient for success is having a strong support system in place. Support can come in many forms, including friends, family, peers, and support groups.
Research has shown that social support is essential for addiction recovery. In fact, Keith Humphrey, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford Medical University, found that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is almost always more effective than psychotherapy in achieving abstinence.
While we appreciate the value of psychotherapy and recommend it highly, having a strong support system that includes support groups and loved ones can greatly improve one's chances of success. By working together, individuals can achieve lasting recovery and reclaim their lives.
Support groups, such as AA, Narcotics Anonymous, and Smart Recovery, can provide a sense of community and connection, as well as practical tools for managing cravings and staying on track. These groups are often led by peers who have gone through similar experiences, which can make them uniquely effective.
Friends and family members can also provide a valuable source of encouragement and motivation. They can offer practical support, such as help with daily tasks, transportation, and childcare.
MAJOR STUDY REVEALS
Alcoholics Anonymous most effective path to alcohol abstinence
A Stanford researcher and two collaborators conducted an extensive review of Alcoholics Anonymous studies and found that the fellowship helps more people achieve sobriety than therapy does. After evaluating 35 studies — involving the work of 145 scientists and the outcomes of 10,080 participants — Keith Humphreys, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and his fellow investigators determined that AA was nearly always found to be more effective than psychotherapy in achieving abstinence. In addition, most studies showed that AA participation lowered health care costs. Learn more
Being able to recognize the signs of relapse will enable you to ask for help quickly when it’s needed most. Common signs of emotional relapse often include mood swings, isolating oneself, being angry or defensive, and poor eating and sleeping habits. Signs of mental relapse include fantasizing or thinking about using drugs or alcohol -
glamorizing past use, lying about your feelings or behaviors, and hanging out with old drug-abusing friends. It is important to be aware of how you’re feeling, emotionally and physically. Feeling anxious, depressed, or angry is a normal part of life, but strong emotions like these can sometimes be detrimental to an addict in recovery. If you’re newly sober, it’s very important to be aware of your emotions and find healthy ways to cope with them, such as going for a walk with your dog, attending an online meeting, spending time with your sober friends, supportive relatives, or with your church family. Although you’ll have good days and bad days, maintaining a sense of self-awareness can help you tackle personal issues before they morph into a potential relapse. Bottom line - we use over nothing and share about everything that impacts our recovery.
We are pleased to announce that the Colusa County Ministerial Association has rapid response food pantries set-up throughout Colusa County at most of their member churches, in addiction to other convenient locations. Free food is available to anyone living in Colusa County who may be experiencing food insecurities. All are welcome.