Moving Up

Well, alright, not Washington exactly, but to events influenced and inspired by Washington, which is to say…this summer’s political party conventions.

More specifically (and most importantly), facingaddiction.org, the organizers of these events, has invited Tom McHale, LifeRing meetings convenor in Petoskey, Michigan and major recovery advocate working tirelessly in that state to advance multiple pathways, to participate in Multiple Recovery Pathways for Addiction Solutions sharing the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month.

Per information Tom shared:

     Interest in Multiple Recovery Pathways is moving into the public arena and has been selected to be one of the topics at the Republican National Convention Caucus for Addiction Solutions.  Tom McHale, Peer Recovery Support Service Coordinator for the NMSAS Recovery Center in Gaylord, Michigan has been asked to provide information to the Caucus when they gather in July. 

     This invitation follows the work Mr. McHale and NMSAS Peer Recovery Coaches have been doing in northern Michigan over the past several years to nurture the development of  and spread the message of the availability of multiple recovery pathways for people seeking  to reduce or eliminate alcohol and/or drug use. The movement recognizes diverse needs of those seeking recovery and that the availability and support of multiple pathways leads not only to creating more opportunities for recovery but healthier communities. 

     An initiative currently underway in Alpena, Benzie and Manistee Counties called the Healthy Communities Campaign is designed to increase availability of multiple pathways in those communities, enhance community understanding of recovery and to create recovery supportive communities, and enhance the network of trained peer recovery coaches.  This initiative is funded by Northern Michigan Regional Entity.

Tom also says he’ll put in a plug for LifeRing if an opportunity presents itself. 😀

Multiple Recovery Pathways will also be represented at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA at the end of this month.

We wish Tom and all the other participants in this months’ events all the best, and are looking forward to seeing their impact down the road.

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