Ashland, WI—The Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded NorthLakes Community Clinic with a generous donation of $7,000 to fund its Recovery Program. Funds will support activities including sobriety events and fun recreational activities that many Recovery patients have yet to discover.
“These opportunities serve as an introduction to a healthy, substance-free way of life for people in recovery,” said Recovery Program Coordinator Britni Bolduc, Certified Addiction Recovery Nurse. “This project also allows patients to build relationships within the community. Recent activities have featured hikes on national park trails, art and music events, paddle boarding lessons and Madeline Island excursions.”
Dr. Mark Lim, MD, FASAM directs the program and oversees each patient’s care. “The Green Bay Packers Foundation award will have the opportunities to enhance and open new life experiences that could assist patients with their recovery. In the words of Fougeret de Monbron: ‘The universe is sort of a book, whose first page one has read when one has seen only ones own.’ With the award, we can turn other pages of the book that could facilitate the process of healing,” Lim said.
About the award, NorthLakes Community Clinic CEO Reba Rice said, “These dollars will go far in helping to improve the long-term outcomes of people in recovery as they make new connections in our communities. We are so thankful and honored that we were chosen for this grant and we’re excited about the opportunities this support provides for our patients.”
The Recovery Program at Northlakes Community Clinic provides integrated, whole-person care including medical services and behavioral health counseling. Community Health Workers and Employment Specialists offer local resource information and help to build skills that bridge patients to their chosen goals for health, housing, education, parenting and child care, volunteering and applying for jobs. Peer Support Specialist and Recovery Coach services increase patient engagement over the long-term recovery journey.
In 2018, 502 patients made contact with NorthLakes’ Recovery Program and 432 participated, 18 of whom were pregnant. Seventy percent cited improved quality of life because of the program. The majority of patients came from Ashland, Bayfield and Sawyer counties.
Actively removing barriers to care is the heart and soul of NorthLakes Community Clinic’s mission. Thanks to support from the Green Bay Packers Foundation, more rural Wisconsin residents can access addiction treatment and recovery services closer to home.