Recovery Talk - October 2017 

A Letter from Stephanie Campbell

Friends, ­­­­

More than 500 people converged onto Albany at the beginning of this month for the 2nd Annual NYS Recovery Conference. This unique conference is unlike other that focuses on substance use disorder, for it celebrates the authentic faces and voices of the recovery movement in New York State, and recognizes the value of recovery.


Work Begins on the New Youth & Young Adult Recovery Network

On Friday, October 13, the new Youth Peer Recovery Program staff arrived at FOR-NY’s Albany office to begin working on this critically important and exciting initiative.



Policy: Help Shape Friends of Recovery - New York's 2018 Policy Statement

In this month's column, FOR-NY's Director of Policy, Allison Weingarten, discusses the variety of ways you can help to shape the organization's 2018 policy agenda and help tp advocate for recovery supports and services throughout the state during the next Stand Up for Recovery Advocacy Day, March 6, 2018. 



RCOC Spotlight: Onward Recovery Community & Outreach Center

NYS OASAS has announced the opening of the newest RCOC, Onward Recovery Community Outreach Center. Based in Newburg, Onward Recovery is the first RCOC in the Hudson Valley and serves Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties. Learn more about the new center and its services in this month's RCOC Spotlight.



Peer Engagement Specialists in the Emergency Department Setting

For this this month's column, FOR-NY Director of Education & Training spoke with Peer Engagement Specialist, Meghan Hetfield, about her experience working as a Peer Engagement Specialist in a hospital emergency department. 



Stories of Recovery: Meet Ashley

Once mandated to drug court, this young woman has thrived in Recovery and is today the co-chair of a Recovery Community Organization and a powerful recovery advocate. 


Many Pathways of Recovery: Fitness

This year's NYS Recovery Conference included a powerful and well-attended presentation by the founders of ROCovery Fitness, The Phoenix and Spiritual Adrenaline that focused on the value of fitness-based activities and camaraderie as a pathway of recovery. In this month's issue we present an overview of the information shared during the session.



Life in Recovery Survey

FOR-NY's second annual survey, "Life in Recovery," is live. This new survey (launched in August 2017) is critically important to building momentum for the recovery movement in New York State as the data collected will help determine the recommendations we make to decision makers in 2018. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey today. Your voice matters!


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Family to Family Recovery Research Guide in the Community

The Family to Family Recovery Resource Guide is based on feedback provided by family members from throughout the state who have “been there.” This comprehensive, user-friendly guide has been praised by a variety of agencies, organizations and individuals across New York. In addition to more than 300 downloads of the guide to date, links to the guide been posted on more than a dozen websites throughout the state and shared widely on social media. If you haven't yet downloaded a copy, we encourage you to do so and to let your communities know that it's available. If you have downloaded the guide already,  please take a few minutes to complete this brief online (and anonymous) evaluation! Your feedback will help us in planning additional content and updates for future editions. 

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