BRADLEY COUNTY FAITH BASED RECOVERY INITIATIVE Incorporating Recovery within Your Congregation or Faith Based Organization
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BRADLEY COUNTY FAITH BASED RECOVERY INITIATIVE Incorporating Recovery within Your Congregation or Faith Based Organization

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Cleveland Family YMCA

220 Urbane Road Northeast

Cleveland, TN

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People recover from addiction every day. Families are rebuilt. Lives are restored. But recovery

rarely happens in a vacuum. It takes a community willing to stand beside the person, to support

them, and to help lead them out of the darkness.

The State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services has launched

an exciting, new mission partnering with faith-based communities across the state. Together,

we are building a recovery network comprised of compassionate and concerned citizens who

are reaching out to those struggling with addictions and connecting them to vital substance

abuse services.  Your congregation can join this effort. 

 Attendees will...

 learn about the disease of addiction and understand what recovery is and how both

affect the community and how it may be affecting members of your congregation.  

 have the opportunity apply as a Certified Recovery Church OR Faith-Based Organization

in the State of Tennessee.  

 receive a digital toolkit in advance that will start to provide information and resources in

advance of the meeting.  

 learn about resources in the region and their own community to support their

congregation and community members struggling with addiction.

 learn about Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions and their work in the communities in

NE Tennessee and how congregations can support coalitions efforts to prevent

substance abuse and what strategies address the impact on the region.

Attendees will...

 learn about the disease of addiction and understand what recovery is and how both

affect the community and how it may be affecting members of your congregation.  

 have the opportunity apply as a Certified Recovery Church OR Faith-Based Organization

in the State of Tennessee.  

 receive a digital toolkit in advance that will start to provide information and resources in

advance of the meeting.  

 learn about resources in the region and their own community to support their

congregation and community members struggling with addiction.

 learn about Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions and their work in the communities in

 Tennessee and how congregations can support coalitions efforts to prevent

substance abuse and what strategies address the impact on the region.


What does becoming a Certified Recovery Church OR Faith-based organization mean?

As a member you will receive information, training and resources.  Most importantly you will be

linked with other churches and Faith Based organizations who may already be reaching out in

different ways.  You can learn from each other about what might work for your congregation or

organization.

What if we are already doing these things at our church or organization?

THANK YOU!  We still need you.  In creating a recovery network that includes churches or faith

based organizations, we need examples of the great work that is already being done in the

region so others might learn from your example.  This will also help your ministry provide

additional outreach as smaller churches may not have the capacity to provide what you have. 

Also as opportunities and information is made available from the State, you will have quick

access. Additionally there may be resources in your community that you might not be aware

of.  Come learn!

Does this mean we have to start a recovery ministry?  Do we have to host recovery meetings?

NO!  Some may decide to do that. Becoming a Certified Recovery Church OR Faith-Based

Organization means at the very least you are willing to better understand addiction and

recovery, and have the ability to provide information about treatment and recovery meetings

to individuals who may be struggling with addiction.  At the very least we hope you will better

understand addiction and to learn that treatment works and recovery is possible. We hope you

will also be willing to talk about it.. in staff meetings, from the pulpit, or maybe during a Sunday

School class or when someone on staff or in your congregation needs support. However if you

want to host meetings OR start a recovery ministry you will now have access to information and

others who are doing it. 

What if my church leadership doesn't have time to attend?  What if our church is small church?

They can send an ambassador.  Anyone in the church can have the knowledge and start the

conversation.  It could be YOU. All you need is an interest in learning more. And this does not

have to take up a lot of time.  Churches often support and comfort people who are hurting, this

training will give people additional tools to help provide that support.

Is this only for churches?

We are reaching out to churches AND faith based organizations.  While we are reaching out to

them, if you feel you can gain something helpful from this you are welcome to attend.

Do you STILL have questions?  

You can also contact Monty Burks Director of Faith-Based Initiatives Ph: 615-770-1783 |

Monty.Burks@tn.gov

To add your faith based organization to our initiative, click the link below to access our faith based questionaire.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS 

Tennessee Faith-Based Community Initiative

Application Questionnaire

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