HELPING OTHERS FIND THEIR PATHS TO RECOVERY
Cam is now several years free of substances and is using his experience to help others. Cam is Executive Director of Turning Point Center of Chittenden County. He told us his story when he was working at TPCC as a Recovery Support Supervisor. His program, supported in part by gifts to United Way, connects patients of UVM Medical Center with signs or symptoms of substance use disorder to peer support that helps them navigate the next steps.
“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection,” says journalist and speaker Johann Hari, who has spent his career exploring the true cause of addiction. For Cam, these are words to live by. Whether it’s finding treatment for someone immediately after overdose, or establishing a relationship long before someone is ready to take the next step toward recovery, Cam is committed to connecting to people who need support.
“As a recovery coach, we support people and we offer all these different routes of recovery, all these different paths for people where they possibly wouldn’t have known that these options existed in the past,” he says.
One of those options is medication-assisted recovery, which Cam will recommend to someone if they’re ready and direct them to a treatment facility. Chittenden County Opioid Alliance (CCOA) and United Way were instrumental in setting up a low-barrier treatment program and eliminating the waiting period, a dangerous road block for someone who is ready to seek treatment. This, combined with other systems-change efforts by CCOA, has resulted in a dramatic reduction in opioid-related deaths over the past year.
CCOA IS A GROUP OF COMMITTED PARTNERS FROM THE NONPROFIT, GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS SECTORS WORKING TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THE ONGOING CHALLENGES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS. UNITED WAY PROVIDES BOTH FUNDING AND STAFFING TO THE ALLIANCE, WHICH ADDRESSES MULTIPLE STRATEGIES TO TACKLE ONE OF OUR COMMUNITY’S TOUGHEST ISSUES.
THIS STORY HIGHLIGHTS JUST ONE PIECE OF THE WORK THAT THE ALLIANCE PARTNERS ARE DOING TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS GET AND STAY WELL.
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