The second “The Voices of Recovery” event co-hosted by The Way Out Recovery Rehab Santa Clarita is slated for next month, with this year’s theme focusing on stigma reduction for drug, alcohol and mental health issues.
The Way Out Recovery SCV is expected to present the event for the community on Sept. 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the COC University Center in partnership with the Child & Family Center and the College of the Canyons Health and Wellness Center.
“Our goal is going to be stigma reduction,” said The Way Out Recovery SCV Program Director Bob Sharits. “The more we talk about this thing, the less power it holds over people.”
Attendees can enjoy personal recovery stories, a panel of professionals, a wide range of local resources and a light dinner, according to the event flyer.
“The Voices of Recovery” takes place during National Recovery Month in September, which has been celebrating individuals involved in recovery through their work or their own personal journey for 30 years, Sharits noted.
“It’s not -- although it can be sometimes -- talking about all the negative consequences and all the terrible stuff that happens around drug and alcohol use and mental health and things like that,” he said. “It’s really to celebrate the recovery, and we live in a world today where treatment is more available and more accessible and recovery is happening more than it ever has been.”
An additional large component of the event is to provide information about the Child & Family Center’s Drug Medi-Cal program, which launched in 2017 after Medi-Cal made changes to their coverage, according to Certified Addiction Counselor Jennifer Majewsky of the Child & Family Center.
“As of July 1, 2017, Drug Medi-Cal had something called the ODS (organized delivery system) waiver, which is providing drug treatment to people on Medi-Cal -- from detox, residential, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment -- which was not provided years before,” Majewsky said. “So now as long as you meet medical necessity, you’re able to access services.”
While the first ever “The Voices of Recovery” event last year was successful, according to Sharits, he pointed out that it is his goal to constantly be improving.
“This year’s event is going to be bigger and better, and more organizations and the information that we’re going to put out is even more,” he said. “I want to encourage everybody to talk about drug and alcohol and mental health issues within your own home, within your own circle of friends, and especially if you or someone you love is suffering. If that’s the case, asking for help is the first step. Please reach out to somebody and ask for help.”
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In Santa Clarita, drug issues are a major concern for many. The mission of the Santa Clarita rehab The Way Out Recovery SCV Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Treatment is to provide high quality, effective alcohol and drug outpatient treatment. The drug rehab’s goal is to assist adolescents, adults and their loved ones in becoming happily and usefully whole, free from drug addiction. Those seeking Santa Clarita drug treatment or a teen drug rehab can rest assured that The Way Out Recovery’s philosophy is to teach lifelong coping skills and strategies to assist in improving quality of life and living happily and meaningfully without the need of destructive behaviors.
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