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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain shares his experience, strength and hope at the RECOVER Project. He visited with us while locally filming an episode of his CNN television show, Parts Unknown.
Opioid Task Force Public Service Announcements
In partnership with the Opioid Task Force, we are excited to announce that these public service announcements are now airing on WHAI 98.3 FM and BearCountry 95.3 FM:
Sunday, January 24, 2016
(Published in print: Monday, January 25, 2016)
Mr. Michael Lewis is no stranger to the RECOVER Project. Born and raised in Western Mass, Michael’s early adult life took him across the country, serving as a Marine, owning a business and various other jobs including being a baker and truck driver. He eventually returned to this area where he attended Greenfield Community College and earned his social work degree from Elms College. While enrolled at Elms, Michael worked for GCC, interned and then worked under a short-term funded grant for the RECOVER Project…(continue reading)
RECOVER Project director steps down
GREENFIELD — Looking back on seven years with the Greenfield peer-to-peer addiction recovery community and 33 years in recovery, Linda Sarage sees changes in herself, in the community and in what might be termed the philosophy of addiction.
Sarage is retiring this month after serving as executive director of the RECOVER Project for seven years. She took the job after an early retirement from the Greenfield Public Schools to take care of her dying mother, and when she was offered the job by a friend who knew she was in recovery. Sarage said she had kept her addiction and recovery private, and knew that would end if she took the post. …(continue reading)
Locals add voices to D.C. rally of thousands for recovery
“The crowd, it’s just this enthusiastic happy crowd that’s just done with being silent, they’re done with being silent about addiction … oh, the surgeon general’s on stage right now,” Linda Sarage said, from the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Sunday evening…
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Former Inmate Sets Up Community Workshop
By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff
Monday, December 7, 2015
(Published in print: Tuesday, December 8, 2015)
GREENFIELD — Toys gathering dust could bring a smile to someone again, and a local group hopes they will.
The local addiction recovery group is hosting its second annual Giving Back in Greenfield toy drive, collecting new and gently used toys and books for families in need.
“I personally can remember waking up Christmas morning and for me in my house, we believed in Santa, and I woke up and my dreams were crushed because Santa didn’t come,” said organizer Heather Taylor. “No child deserves to be left behind, every child deserves to have a Christmas, have a holiday.”…CONTINUE READING
Adding to Addicts’ Struggles
Boston Globe | May 27, 2014
Guide at the End of the Tunnel
August 28, 2014
People’s Medicine Project aids recovery through alternative medicine
By TOM RELIHAN
(Published in print: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
GREENFIELD — Recovering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs is by no means a comfortable process. Just ask Kaitlyn John, a staff member at the RECOVER Project on Federal Street, which offers peer support for people recovering from substance abuse problems.
When she began her own journey toward recovery three and a half years ago, her body was in revolt. Coming off of an addiction to pain pills, she had problems with digestion, with sleeping, and many other symptoms — physically, mentally and spiritually.
“I wanted to have a comfort in my body, to just feel at one with my body,” John said. “It took me so long to get into recovery, to find recovery, and then to have all these internal things going on and to not feel comfortable in my own skin … that wasn’t OK with me.”
Through her involvement with the RECOVER Project, she was able to meet Leslie Chaison, a local herbalist who runs the People’s Medicine Project, a free alternative medicine clinic held on Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. in the RECOVER Project’s large back room.
The project offers alternative medicine in the form of herbalism, acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy and energy healing sessions, and John said taking part in it made all the difference in her recovery process…(continue reading)