Early autumn is full of familiar sights, foods, and festivities. For some of us, it is a time of contemplation as we begin to look back at our year. Fall has also become a time to reflect on the recovery of ourselves or others, and to join together in recovery celebration events. Many of these recovery events were held throughout the U.S. during September in observance of National Recovery Month. While recovery is usually associated with addiction treatment, millions of Americans overcome behavioral health issues each year. They, too, are in recovery.
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of behavioral and substance use disorders and to celebrate those who are in recovery. SAMSHA notes that Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for behavioral and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
For those in recovery, this annual celebration inspires hope for continued success in overcoming the life challenges associated with addiction or behavioral health issues. Throughout Kentucky, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center’s nearly 1,100 employees contribute to recovery and hope offered through its many programs, and nearly 23,000 participants benefit from services each year. Unique programs have been developed to focus on the wide range of pressing issues that face our region, and the goal of each is to provide the best and most accessible care possible - helping clients identify opportunities for improvement in their lives and take the steps necessary to meet those challenges with success. Among these are adult and children’s behavioral health services, developmental/intellectual disability services, therapeutic foster care, services for survivors of domestic violence, primary medical care, residential and outpatient addiction services, housing, crisis, and residential psychiatric services.
Recovery and Addiction
Outpatient addiction services are provided at each of Mountain’s 27 outpatient clinics in addition to three residential addiction treatment facilities:
For real-time information about available space in addiction treatment programs, visit www.findhelpnowky.org
Recovery and Behavioral Health
MCCC’s HomePlace Clinics are community health centers that provide primary medical care in Pikeville, Belfry, Paintsville, Prestonsburg, Louisa, and Grayson. In addition to dental and vision referrals, medication and disease management, and other primary medical care services, HomePlace Clinics improve access to quality behavioral health care services. For more information, visit www.homeplaceclinic.org
Children and adults experiencing acute psychiatric crisis may be referred to Creekside Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) and Riverside CSU respectively. For more information contact Creekside CSU at 606-886-6477 or Riverside CSU at 606-263-4935.
MCCC's Day Training Program provides supportive instruction to developmentally and intellectually disabled adults in a positive environment. This program operates three greenhouses and woodworking shops that provide opportunity for individuals to improve their independence through vocational tasks; social interaction and interpersonal relationships; effective communication; enhancement of self-care and daily living skills; money management and community participation. For more information, contact Auxier Greenhouse at 606-886-6815, Shelby Valley Greenhouse at 606-639-9880, or Burning Fork Greenhouse at 606-349-6136.
The Healing Program provides specialized services for survivors of interpersonal violence and are available to family and friends of the survivors. Therapists are specially trained to serve survivors of child abuse, sexual assault, adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and domestic violence. For more information, visit www.mtcomp.org/healing
MCCC’s Therapeutic Foster Care program provides temporary homes for abandoned, neglected, or abused children who were removed from their parents or other guardians. For more information, contact Prestonsburg TFC at 606-263-4938, Hazard TFC at 606-487-0166, or Morehead TFC at 606-784-3333.
Housing services are available for veterans experiencing homelessness and others experiencing homeless, including those with special needs, receiving treatment for chemical dependency, elderly or disabled persons, and others. For information about MCCC’s Veterans Transitional Housing Center, contact 606-639-3178. For more information about Dogwood Apartments, Shelby Valley Independent Living Apartments, or Douglas Park Independent Living Apartments, or other housing services, contact 606-788-9789, or email email@example.com
To learn more about SAMSHA’s Recovery Month, visit www.recoverymonth.org
For more information about the services offered by Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, visit www.mtcomp.org or follow @mtcomp.org on Facebook.
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