The IBH Addiction Recovery REACH Project is a peer-based aftercare program for those that complete residential treatment. REACH stands for Recovery, Education, Accountability, Community, and Hope.
Designed to help sustain long-term sobriety, it provides organized activities that foster safe friendships, reinforcement of values learned during treatment, practical application of recovery skills, a strong sense of community, employment readiness, and, possibly most importantly, increased self-esteem. It also combats the isolation and idleness many clients experience when re-entering the community without employment. All of which is discussed at reflection meetings held after each event.
During the recovery support and reflection meetings, clients have an opportunity to talk about the day’s experience – one that leaves most with an increased sense of purpose and self-worth. They feel good about doing good – and that carries over to create real camaraderie. Working alongside others in recovery, the group feels connected. They realize that they are not out there alone.
Features of the REACH Project:
- A community of sober support
- Surrounding oneself with other people in recovery creates a strong community of sober support, a feeling of belonging and safe friendships.
- Service learning projects dedicated to helping organizations serving the less fortunate of Summit County in gratitude for the residential treatment opportunity afforded them in their time of need.
- Education-themed volunteer activities provide opportunities to help build self-esteem, soft-skills, and a strong work ethic.
- Spiritual support groups
- Functions and meetings help clients find clarity, a sense of purpose, and meaning in life as they navigate the recovery process.
- Recovery support meetings
- Meetings provide a safe forum to share victories and obstacles on the path in recovery. These groups foster community, pro-social behavior and mutual support
- Giving back to the community
- Peer support services
- Peer support services help clients navigate the recovery path to ensure long-term progress and success.
- Classes engage clients in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s “Eight Dimensions of Wellness.”
IBH Addiction Recovery outcome studies show that 84% of former IBH Addiction Recovery residents remain sober while participating in the REACH Project.
For additional information about the REACH Project, including how to become a community partner, please contact Mark Salchak by email or call 330.510.2797.