Join Friends of MCRC to strengthen community
“A healthy community is stronger than any drug” is the motto of the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition (MCRC). It is not merely a slogan but is a fact borne out by much research about the causes of drug addiction and how best to help people with addiction start and maintain their recovery. This IS all about community.
In an increasingly widely disseminated TED Talk titled “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong,” British journalist Johann Hari discusses the available research into the underlying causes of addiction and concludes, rather brilliantly, that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection.
His statement echoes a theme that many 21st Century addiction specialists have espoused for years — that addiction is not about the pleasurable effects of substances, it’s about the user’s inability to connect in healthy ways with other human beings. In other words, addiction is not a substance disorder, it’s a social disorder.
MCRC is a mere 20 months old but is growing rapidly. In addition to creating programs to help parents with drug addiction raise their children in a way that can break the cycle of addiction, MCRC is helping many individuals find their paths to recovery. This includes Knox County Jail inmates, who still receive almost no help rejoining the community upon release from jail.
Many of them face no other option other than to return to their old neighborhoods, resuming drug use and committing more crimes to support their habit. MCRC is committed to breaking this cycle of addiction, as well.
MCRC is on track to open at least one safe and sober transitional living house for men in recovery in Rockland and has begun making plans for a similar house to help women struggling with addiction. MCRC also has begun initial plans to establish a large rehabilitation center in Knox County to meet the needs of Knox County residents in several years’ time.
Ultimately, MCRC will fail to truly make an impact without strong community support and involvement. We would like to create a Friends of MCRC group, which would meet regularly to get involved and to support efforts to fight the local drug addiction epidemic. There are many opportunities to help but “just showing up” at MCRC events and meetings would be a good start.
Please mark your calendars for two upcoming MCRC meetings at which we will discuss this further: Tuesday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockland City Council Chambers and on Wednesday, April 18, at two different times and locations: Oceanside High School in Rockland at 4 p.m. and again at Camden Regional High School at 7 p.m.
If you are interested in joining the “Friends of MCRC” group or have questions, please contact us at 701-1182 or at email@example.com. Thank you.
Ira Mandel is executive director of the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition