2017 Luncheon posterHelp Recovery Foundation and Connections celebrate, raise funds for treatment and increase awareness as we join together to bring hope and healing Monday October 9. We will hear from local volunteer mentor perspectives on addiction, recovery, mentoring to help others on the path to long term sobriety. We hope you will join us to listen to their journey and hope. For more information and to register for this event recoveryfoundation.net.
To improve services to the UW Campus / Capitol area, Connections now has services accessible at a downtown location. Ask about receiving services at 660 West Washington Ave, STE 308 (corner of Regent and W. Washington). Services are by appointment only.
WISC-TV Editorial Director Neil Heinen discusses Recovery Foundation mission and workings with founder Shelly Dutch, President Ken Klinzing and recipient Dexter L. Show broadcast Sunday 9-11 10:30 AM on Channel 3 Madison WI.
Tuesday June 28, 2016. Attend a special premier of "Being Charlie" to raise funds for Horizon High School, Wisconsin's only recovery high school.
- 5:00 pm Reception and silent auction
- 6:00 pm Intro & Info about HHS, Wisconsin’s only Recovery High School
- 6:15 pm Showing of the film “Being Charlie” directed by Rob Riener
Connections now offers a group designed for individuals who are unclear about how substance use is negatively affecting their lives and not yet certain if change is required. This group may be appropriate for individuals who have successfully given up one substance but have not made a decision on another substance (typically marijuana or alcohol) that may also present concerns. May also be appropriate for individuals who simply want to moderate substance use. Class meets Monday 4-5 pm and rotates through a four week curriculum. New members may start on the first Monday of the month and clients can repeat this group through multiple cycles.
Connections Counseling staff is experienced and passionate about working with teens. Now Connections offers a 3-day/week, 3 hours/day Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) specifically for teens 13-18 years old. IOP at Connections includes experiential and educational groups including relapse prevention strategies, life skills, recovery skills and emotional coping skills. Other components of IOP are an comprehensive family component, individual counseling as well as random urine drug screens.
By the time Cassie Nygren was halfway through high school, she was taking Oxycontin on a daily basis. It helped her fill the void she felt after giving her daughter up for adoption, and she told herself as long as she wasn’t using heroin, she was fine. “I felt numb, and I liked it,” she said. But if she didn’t take anything, she would wake up the next morning feeling sick, her body screaming for the opiates. As a general rule, people don’t die from opiate withdrawal, but that doesn’t mean they don’t feel like they will. Read more
Collegiate Recovery 101
UW–Madison has resources to help students struggling with substance abuse — but advocates hope to do much more.
By the time incoming freshman Vanessa dellaBitta ’14 set foot on campus in 2006, she was already battling a drug and alcohol addiction. What’s worse, the vibrant, scholarly Massachusetts native suffered in secret, privately juggling the normal growing pains of college with the all-consuming effort to get and stay sober. “I really struggled through my freshman year, not knowing that there were other people like me. I felt very, very alone,” says dellaBitta, who ended up dropping out at the start of her sophomore year so she could address her problem. For the next several years, she cycled in and out of both school and sobriety; for her, the two worlds seemed nearly impossible to reconcile.
“University environments are challenging places to be in recovery without support, and that’s the niche that collegiate recovery fills.”
“Over those five years, I’d take a couple classes and was out of school again,” she says. “It felt like this wasn’t a problem that other people had. It did sort of feel like — not immoral, but it felt like it centered in me. Like, I just can’t get myself together, essentially. I just can’t be responsible.” Today dellaBitta knows she’s not inherently broken, and that she’s far from alone. Almost a quarter of college students nationwide meet the medical criteria for substance abuse or dependence, yet 37 percent of them fear seeking help because of social stigma, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). Students like dellaBitta aren’t the only ones who lose out; the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention says 40 percent of student-attrition cases involve substance abuse, resulting in $1.2 million to $4.3 million in lost tuition each year.