'Connecting our Recovery to Community and Resources' is the theme.

    The statistics are staggering: 22.6 million people in the United Sates have an alcohol or drug problem, according to a 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcoholism is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation.

    Yet there is hope. There is reason to celebrate. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. estimates that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living life in recovery. Recovery is something to celebrate. And that’s just what the RiverView Recovery Center has planned for Sept. 26th, in recognition of September as National Recovery Month.

    Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. The month-long recognition spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

    “Connecting our Recovery to Community and Resources’’ will be the theme of the Thursday, Sept. 26 event. RiverView Recovery Center is inviting anyone in recovery to celebrate and connect with sober friends at the event scheduled from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Recovery Center’s 23616 US Highway 2 SW location just outside of Crookston. Enjoy an ice cream social while checking out informational booths of area resources from Polk County Public Health, RiverView Recovery Center, University of Minnesota-Crookston Adult Education, Yoga – Faith and Fitness, RiverView Health, and Celebrate Recovery Grand Forks.

    Recovery Month, now in its 24th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery; therefore the evening will feature an Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous open speaker sharing lessons in hope, strength and his experiences in sobriety. The event will be capped off by a fireworks show, weather permitting.

    The event, sponsored by Polk County Public Health, Glenmore Foundation and RiverView Recovery Center, is open to the public and free of charge. For more information on the event or services provided by RiverView Recovery Center, call 281-9525.

Expanded Outpatient Services
    Outpatient services have now been enhanced and expanded at all of RiverView Recovery’s locations: Crookston, East Grand Forks, Roseau and Thief River Falls. The treatment programs are designed for adults who are abusing or dependent on one or more mood-altering chemicals. 

    Treatments include:

    • Day Treatment: This program serves individuals that meet criteria for a substance-use disorder that do not require 24 hour monitoring, yet require more than an intensive outpatient program. Day Treatment is 5 days a week from 8 am to noon each weekday. Day treatment includes education; individual, group and family counseling. Duration is 4 weeks; Monday through Friday, for 80 hours.

    • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): The IOP program is less intense than the Day Treatment Program. It is a minimum of 9 hours of service per week. Individuals in the IOP program will participate in individual, group and family counseling. Duration is 6-8 weeks, 3 hours per session, 3 times a week.

    • Relapse Prevention: This program provides care to individuals that have completed a higher level of care and require on-going services to strengthen skills and insight. Duration is 12 weeks, once weekly for 2 hours.

    • Individual Care: This level of care is provided to those individuals that have completed a higher level of outpatient services but require additional care. This is often required when a person presents with clinically significant issues that require further attention. Individually determined one hour sessions, once weekly, duration of up to 3 months.

    • Driving with Care (DWC); Driving While Impaired (DWI) education: RiverView has three certified DWC facilitators that provide a cognitive-behavioral treatment course for DWI offenders. A level 1 education program is provided for first time DWI offenders. This education course is committed to reducing future impaired driving offenses and also future alcohol and other drug related problems. This program is in development. The schedule is tentatively set at 12 hours delivered in six sessions. This will be determined by enough participants.

    • Rule 25: Alcohol and Drug Assessments: Each of RiverView’s licensed counselors provide Rule 25 assessments on a weekly basis. Rule 25 assessments are generally for people seeking to know if they are drug or alcohol dependent and what treatment options are available. Emergency assessments are also available.

    • Family Program: This program entails inviting loved ones of those in treatment to take part in an educational program to learn more about addiction, recovery, and the ways in which everyone in an addict’s circle of friends and family can be impacted by addiction.

    If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, call RiverView Recovery Center at 281-9525.