2014 Dare to Dream Gala – February 22, 2014

January 5, 2014

The annual Full Circle gala began in 2008 to highlight the work we do with adolescents and their families in our community and celebrate their success.

All proceeds raised at this event fund our programs to help teens who are experiencing challenges with substance abuse.

Our event is attended by the local police, Sheriff, city council, school personnel, hospitals and businesses in our area that support the work we do and contribute generously to ensure these important services continue.

For more information, contact Kimberly Lindberg 530.878.5166 ext 264 or klindberg@corr.us

 

CoRR Campus Announces Capital Campaign

October 16, 2013

 

This fall,  Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the Campus, and the success of the initial phase of the capital campaign for developing this beautiful resource.

The Campus at dusk
Photo Courtesy of Sugar Pine Studios

Grass Valley—The corner of Sierra College Drive and East Main Street in Grass Valley has the highest traffic count in Nevada County. Close to the hospital, Sierra College, Nevada Union High School and BriarPatch Co-op, thousands travel the intersection daily. On one corner sits a new set of buildings, the innovative flagship of Community Recovery Resources (CoRR). It is here that over 2,000 individuals a year will recover from substance abuse and related mental health challenges, visit their primary care physician, attend health and well-being classes, or obtain pre-employment drug testing.

Having opened in autumn of 2012, The Campus is bringing recovery to Main Street. A $9.3 million dollar loan provided by USDA allowed CoRR to construct the buildings. Now the community is invited to help support The Campus and all the services it provides.

“We’re excited to be offering a full array of out patient programs, detox, residential treatment and transitional housing, child development and drug testing.” says Warren Daniels, CoRR’s CEO. “Now we’re equally excited to announce our Capital Campaign, which will help pay for the buildings housing on-site services taking place within this full spectrum community wellness facility.”

To date, more than $2.3 million dollars have been pledged by local citizens dedicated to supporting services to help resolve what has been identified as the largest challenge facing Nevada County. Another $400,000 was donated by the local contractors who constructed the project. Many donors emphasize they’re not only motivated by the opportunity to alleviate suffering, but also by the economic benefit that the project drives as reduces burden on public systems and taxpayers, and returns individuals to productive  citizens.

“In a 2011 survey of community leaders, substance abuse and mental illness were named as the largest issues facing Nevada County,” states retired Judge Al Dover, who saw first hand the devastating effects of alcohol and other drugs as five generations of addicts paraded through the courts. “I didn’t need to be told of the devastation. I saw it every day in my courtroom.” He continues, “The community has really stepped up to help alleviate the suffering that faces these individuals and their families. As CoRR’s Capital Campaign Chair, I’m proud to be a part of it.”

In making  this announcement of their Capital Campaign, CoRR is hoping to reach those who have not yet been invited to tour the facility and learn more about the programs housed within. Interested parties are invited to contact Deputy Director Ariel Lovett to arrange tours and obtain more information about making a gift to the campaign. “We’re in the process of designing our Donor Wall and want to make sure everyone with interest has the opportunity to get their name up there.”

The Campus was in the planning stages for years.

Fall colors at The Campus ~ Grass Valley

At that time Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) was a relatively small non-profit providing the majority of substance abuse education and treatment services in Nevada County.

When the CoRR Board of Directors and staff read the Grand Jury report they realized they needed to formulate a response as comprehensive and complex as the problem, finding a way to provide more efficiency and better outcomes to those accessing substance abuse and mental health services. They needed to identify all of the places traditional treatment was failing—the places people were slipping through the cracks or failing to access services in the first place—and remove identified barriers or place safety nets under places one might fall out of recovery.

Barriers to Treatment

A major barrier to treatment was the stigma attached to substance abuse and mental health issues. Another was literally being unable to get to services because they were not available in Nevada County or were not located in a single welcoming, dignified, convenient, accessible location. The ability to pay for treatment can be overwhelming and navigating financial assistance is difficult. Moms often had to choose between treating their illness or keeping their children with them.

Barriers to Successful Recovery

In Nevada County there were no detox services available, much less connected to treatment services, so if one successfully completed detox they were congratulated and wished luck—both in connecting with a recovery program with an open bed and in affording it. Families in recovery were provided disconnected services in disparate locations all over the state. Families were not taught about the disease of addiction and how best to support their loved one in recovery. After one successfully completed a residential treatment program they were often relegated back to the same situation that may have led them to seek services in the first place– a dysfunctional family situation, an abusive partner or their drinking buddies. Untreated co-occurring mental health disorders were not being addressed.

A New Model

CoRR began to rethink the traditional model of treatment, recognizing that 70% of those suffering with a substance abuse diagnosis also had diagnosable co-occurring mental health disorders, ranging from mild to severe. It simply wasn’t working to address one without the other. Families needed to be engaged as a whole, whatever that family unit might happen to look like, and services had to be accessible through a variety of funding sources; public, commercial and private pay. The 2005 Grand Jury Report identifying the unsustainable effects of drug abuse to our community was the catalyst that prompted CoRR to design The Campus, a comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment facility unlike any in the nation.

We invite you, if you have not already, to be part of this solution, and consider a donation to the Campus Capital campaign. Check out this short and beautiful 9 minute DVD to learn the story. 

For more information, you are invited to visit www.corr.us  or call Ariel Lovett 530-273-9541.

 

 

 

Talk. They Hear You.

October 16, 2013

The greatest influence on young people’s decisions to begin drinking or doing other drugs is the world they live in, including family, friends, schools, and the community environment.

PARENTS, you should know that the greatest influences on teens decision to be free from using alcohol or other drugs is YOU.
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking)

Sometimes parents are not sure how to have the conversation, and so may avoid it entirely. When was the last time you talked to your children about alcohol? Has it been a while? Are you wondering how to have the conversation?

It’s never too early to talk to your kids about alcohol. If you talk to them directly and honestly they are more likely to respect your rules and advice about alcohol use.

Here are some considerations to begin having these important conversations:

Short and frequent discussions can have a real impact on your child’s decisions about alcohol. Sitting down for the “big talk” about alcohol can be intimidating for both you and your child. Little talks take the pressure off of trying getting all the information out in one lengthy discussion, and your child will be less likely to tune you out. Try using these opportunities to talk; in the car, during dinner, or while you and your child are watching TV. And remember, the conversation goes both ways. It’s important to hear their point of view and listen to their feelings, concerns too.

They may even ask some tough questions like “Did you drink when you were a kid?” If you drank as a teenager, you’ll probably want to be honest but acknowledge that it was risky. Or, “Why do you drink?” you could point out that when you choose to drink it’s always in moderation to enhance a meal, or celebrate a special occasion with friends or family. You could also share with them that some people should not drink at all. Make a clear distinction between alcohol use among children and among adults.

Here’s another example of a great opportunity to talk about the risks of drinking: With football season in full swing we can expect to see more alcohol advertisements on TV. Studies show that exposure to enticing alcohol advertisements can influence young adolescent perceptions about acceptable drinking behavior and underage drinking in general. So talk about it… Not in a “Wow, that was a cool ad they had on during the Super Bowl,” kind of way. More like this; “Wow, they really make drinking alcohol look cool, don’t they? But drinking alcohol can really get people into lots of trouble — let’s talk about it”.

The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County is partnering with SAMSHA to prevent underage drinking. Visit these web links for more information on the Talk they Hear You Campaign and other helpful tips and resources:

http://drugfreenevadacounty.org/nccommitted/

http://www.samhsa.gov/underagedrinking/index.aspx

http://www.drugfreenevadacounty.org

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No-Cost Professional Development Training: Saturday, June 1st, 2013

May 28, 2013

Tools and skills to help patients/client with substance use related problems. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs.

 

What Is Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment?

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention to individuals at-risk for developing substance abuse disorders. Unlike traditional substance abuse treatment which focuses only on individuals with a substance abuse disorder diagnosis, screening and brief intervention has been shown to reduce alcohol consumption and/or drug (AOD) use in a significant number of at-risk non-dependent users.

SBIRT has been proven to reduce overall healthcare costs while significantly improving the quality of healthcare provided. The goal of screening and brief intervention is to reduce risk related to consumption, to eliminate high-risk alcohol and other substance use, and to increase motivation for behavior change, up to and including referral to specialized AOD treatment services.

For more Information: Contact Shelley Rogers at 530.273.7956 or email srogers@corr.us

CLICK HERE to register

Summertime: A Risky Time for Teens

May 28, 2013

First time use of alcohol and other drugs by teens tends to spike in the summer as they experiment during summer vacation, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report. Evidence suggests that on any given day during the months of June and July, approximately 11,000 teens under the age of 17 will consume alcohol for the first time, roughly 5,000 will start smoking marijuana, and an additional 5,000 will try smoking cigarettes. “These months include periods when adolescents are on break from school and may have more idle time, fewer responsibilities, and less adult supervision,” the authors conclude.  They suggest that parents and caregivers have a responsibility to reinforce messages about the “associated risks of using alcohol and drugs to their children year-round, while consistently restricting access to these substances.”  Here are some suggestions when talking to your teen about drugs (including alcohol):

1. Open the conversation: Talk regularly and often.

2. Focus on true messages and science regarding the ways that drug use affects health, relationships, athletic performance, etc.

3. Listen carefully.

4. Build their esteem.

5. Encourage good choices.

 

Visit the http://drugfreenevadacounty.org/how-to-talk-with-your-child-about-drugs/  for more suggestions on how to effectively discuss alcohol and other drug with children.

Nothing to do? The NEO youth coalition is working on that. Visit www.ncneo.com to find a wide range of free activities in Nevada County all summer long.

If you are concerned about your child, or you are a youth who can’t quite figure out how to break the destructive cycle of addiction, CoRR can help. Go to https://www.corr.us/teens/ to find out about programs. Feelings of shame are common,  but when youth enter our programs, they find a supportive peer group of others who have had similar challenges, as well as qualified counselors to offer professional guidance.   CoRR’s adolescent outreach programs offer counseling and anger management classes to deal with feelings that often lead to drug abuse and addiction.

 

Introducing Full Circle Adolescent Services, a Division of Community Recovery Resources!

February 28, 2013

On March 1, 2013 Full Circle Adolescent Services, located in Roseville, CA, and Pathway to Prevention will become a part of Community Recovery Resources.  Full Circle Treatment Center is dedicated to changing lives, one teen, one family at a time through early intervention and treatment services. They have served hundreds of teens since they formed as a grassroots organization in

2008.


Warren Daniels
, CoRR CEO said “Our merged organization is actively committed to increasing access and broadening the scope of services provided to adolescents and their families in Placer County.”Pathway to Prevention is aligned in their mission of prevention and early intervention of teenage
alcohol and drug addiction, with a focus on education and awareness
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Cost-Free SBIRT & MI Training

February 14, 2013

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