Ashland, WI—NorthLakes Community Clinic received a grant re-award to fund its Recovery Coaching services for patients with opioid-related conditions. UW-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health awarded NorthLakes Community Clinic with the Wisconsin Voices for Recovery ED2Recovery grant in May 2019 and again in September 2019 as part of the state’s targeted response to the opioid crisis.
Under the grant, NorthLakes Community Clinic employs three Recovery Coaches. The Recovery Coaches support patients in the emergency department and behavioral health unit at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, at NorthLakes Community Clinic in Ashland, and by referral from others including Ashland County Wellness and Recovery Court.
“As a Recovery Coach, I’m able to connect, advocate and mentor people in the earliest stage of recovery—and be there as they find their path forward toward recovery in the community,” says Recovery Coach Zach Weber. “I understand how hard ‘walking the walk’ is, and I’m ready to walk that walk with people as they recover in the community.”
The evidence-based Peer Support model brings more people into treatment and recovery programs, reduces emergency room visits, and decreases the number of overdose deaths. Support from peers and a strong network of community services offer short-term and long-term help to individuals and their families suffering from the disease of addiction.
The main function of Peer Support Specialists is to meet in the early stages with patients who seek substance use disorder treatment, link them to recovery resources in the community, provide education, and maintain this helpful contact with the individual into their recovery process.
For more information about NorthLakes Community Clinic’s Peer Support services, contact Brenda Spurlock, 715-685-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To see how recovery works in Wisconsin visit www.wisconsinvoicesforrecovery.org.