Host a Recovery Support Group

Support groups play a fundamental role on the road to recovery. Gathering with others offers encouragement, guidance and accountability Groups can be made up of individuals who are working toward the same 12-step goals, see the same therapy team, or share the same faith.
Who will be involved/ who are group leaders?
Who will be your contact person? Someone individuals can contact if interested in the group.
Are meetings open or closed? Most commonly meetings are open to the community.
Location / Time / Day. Most groups meet in the evening hours.
What will be your official launch date?
Before launching:
You may want to seek additional training.
We recommend you practice at least one session.
Advertise your group! You can do this through church and community bulletin boards or social media.
After official launch
Debrief and consider pros and cons

Tennessee Recovery Navigators

Tennessee Recovery Navigators are people in long-term recovery who can serve as an access point to treatment and recovery resources.
Navigators must maintain a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Certification in order to use his/her lived experience to help others find recovery. Their responsibility is first and foremost to meet patients who have recently overdosed in the emergency department and connect them with the substance abuse treatment and recovery services they need.
Navigators follow-up at two different points after they interact with a patient at the hospital.
-72 hours after the hospital interaction
-30 days after the hospital interaction
The Navigator will be broadly assessing the patient’s condition and offering community and treatment support in the event that the patient is interested in additional resources beyond what they first requested in the Emergency Department.
View TDMHSAS website (listed below) to see which hospitals are currently receiving Navigator services.

Start a Collegiate Recovery Program on Your Campus

Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) provide peer support and community to students in recovery on college campuses.
CPRs foster a positive collegiate experience for recovering students while providing the resources and tools for them to continue the journey into recovery.
First, find out if your campus hosts a certified collegiate recovery program. If not consider starting a CRP on your campus!
More than 150 CRPs exist or are set to launch on college campuses today because a student, faculty or staff member started the conversation!
Steps for creating a CRP:
1. Start the conversation
2. Build support
3. Raise awareness
4. Raise funds
5. Develop the program
Download the guide for students in recovery for more details.
Reach out to the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. This organization has representatives who can help you make a plan for getting started.

Become a Community Paramedic

For nearly 75 million people living in rural areas of the United States, health care needs far outnumber health care options. These communities already include disproportionate numbers of elderly citizens, immigrants, impoverished families and those in poor health.
Residents often must travel great distances—incurring great expenses—to receive even the most basic care. Or worse, they receive no care at all.
Over the past decade, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has piloted a new role, most often referred to as the Community Paramedic (CP). Community Paramedics close the gap by expanding the role of EMS personnel.
If you are interested in Community Paramedic Certification check out the links provided below.

Host a Poster Contest

Encourage students to participate in an opioid awareness poster contest.
Hosting a poster contest is a way to creatively educate students and their peers about the importance of prevention and available resources.
1. Choose a theme or topic.
“Count it, Lock it, Drop it”

2. Create rules and guidelines
What is the targeted age group?
Any creation guidlines? Size, digital, handdrawn etc…
Can students work in groups?
How will winners be chosen?
What is the prize?

3. Consider posting winners to social media platforms.
View the resources listed below to find poster contest examples.

Host a Youth Mock Senate

Mock senate/ model congress events give students the chance to engage and educate themselves on real topics concerning their communities.
These simulations can range in complexity allowing a wide range of ages to participate. They can be hosted at school or within the community. Exercises like these teach children that they can make a difference.

While there are many topics to choose from consider the theme of substance misuse prevention/education.
Addiction/ Drug Use
Needle Exchange
Mental Health Care
Criminal Law/ Justice System:
Prision Reform
Educate and Train Prisioners
Mandatory Sentencing for Drug Crimes
3 Stikes Law
Rehabiliation for Drug Crime Offenders
Drug Cartels
Social Welfare/ Social Issues
Welfare Fraud
Drug Testing
For more details on mock senate rules and preperation please review the resources listed below.

Introduce Opioid Education in the Workplace

Addiction takes a massive toll on workers, their families, communities, and our society. Opioid addiction, in particular, does not discriminate and can affect even high functioning and successful workers.
Opioid misuse rates are high in industries where workers have physically demanding jobs, perform repetitive motions, or spend long periods of time on their feet. Chemical dependency can impact an employee’s job performance and threaten the safety of both the employee and their co-workers. Supporting treatment is the right thing for both the employee and the company.
Introducing workplace opioid education can help reduce stigma and allow prevention/recovery resources to be easily shared.
Train supervisors to spot signs of addiction.
Inform your workplace about the dangers of prescription medications.
Educate employees on resources available to them and their families.
Create an open and safe environment