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How people battling addiction are continuing treatment during the coronavirus pandemic

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Posted at 4:34 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 11:47:58-04

(WXYZ) — For Michiganders struggling with addiction, the challenges they face are only made worse by the financial strain and self-quarantining so many of us are dealing with.

But even with new hurdles, folks fighting addiction can still make a personal rebound.

"You know, as much as people seeking recovery rely on the support, we rely on that face to face contact, too," Andrew Brown with CARE Southeast Michigan said.

Brown is a peer recovery coach and started his recovery journey in 2007.

Brown said while times are stressful, there are resources available for people fighting addiction no matter where you are in your recovery. Those resources are virtual, and there are also alternatives to traditional therapy like Recovery Yoga from Detroit Recovery Project.

"Yoga is really taken off. A lot of people, including people I work with directly, have really said, hey, the yoga groups been super great to help me, you know, just put my mind at ease."

Even with the stay-at-home order, many CARE programs are seeing a boost in attendance. There are recovery programs for grief and trauma, a seeking safety group, along with specialty men's, women's and LGBTQ+ support groups.

"Remember when you're in that guided meditation and that yoga group or in that support group, what you felt and how you know, how you felt, getting some positive feedback and just getting through things and use that in times of difficulty," Brown said.

Andrew said he has seen people doing just that, fighting hard to achieve and maintain sobriety. He feared the pandemic could be an insurmountable hurdle.

"I couldn't have been more wrong. You know, people, people that really prove me wrong. And that's been the amazing, inspiring part of my job is seeing people overcome these things and give me strength," he added.

CARE covers parts of Macomb and Wayne counties.

So here's the Rebound Rundown: Help is available now

  • There is still help available right now if you're battling addiction
  • Therapy and lessons are virtual
  • You can talk to someone who has conquered addiction
  • If you belong to a group facing special challenges in many cases, CARE and other recovery groups can address those concerns.

WAYNE COUNTY

Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 800-241-4949

CITY OF DETROIT

Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 800-241-4949

OAKLAND COUNTY

Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 248-464-6363

WASHTENAW COUNTY

CMH Partnership of SE MI
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 800-440-7548

MACOMB COUNTY

Macomb County Community Mental Health Services
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 586-948-0222

MONROE

CMH Partnership of SE MI
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 800-440-7548

LENAWEE COUNTY

CMH Partnership of SE MI
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 800-440-7548

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

CMH Partnership of SE MI
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 800-440-7548

ST. CLAIR COUNTY

Region 10

Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 888-225-4447 TTY 888-225-1973

LAPEER COUNTY

Region 10
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 888-225-4447 TTY 888-225-1973

SANILAC COUNTY

Region 10
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 888-225-4447 TTY 888-225-1973

GENESEE COUNTY

Region 10
Phone: (24-hours, 7-days) 877-346-3648 TTY 810-257-1346

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