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Many pass by the building that is home to Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan, Inc., 1020 South Westnedge Ave., each day, but may not be aware of what goes on inside its walls. 

“Whether you are an employee or someone who needs a service, this building is for people who have a lived experience in recovery and are sharing it with others who seek to recover,” says Shareé Niblack, Recovery Institute Family Dependency Treatment Court Liaison. “It’s a no-judgment zone.”

While offering a wide range of classes, groups, individual coaching and social services support for people who are experiencing substance use or mental health diagnoses, the Recovery Institute is also a place to just come and hang out. But as the only peer-run, peer-directed recovery center in the county, it’s also so much more.

With 25 partner agencies, including its primary partner, Integrated Services of Kalamazoo County (formerly Community Mental Health), the Recovery Institute is helping create a culture of peer-directed recovery and de-stigmatization of substance use and mental health issues throughout the county. It is accomplishing this through working with the seven treatment courts, local psychiatric clinics, neighborhood associations, colleges, hospitals, homeless shelters and most recently, the Kalamazoo Public Library through its successful year-old Peer Navigator Program.

The Institute’s reach is wide, but its mission is simple: instilling hope and providing a path to self-management and wellness for those seeking recovery.

“One of the most important things we offer, outside of our groups and classes and connecting people with resources, is basically an ear,” says Jonathan Stewart, Peer Support Specialist. “It’s a different thing to talk with someone who has had similar experiences than with someone in a clinic. There’s equality. We engage, too, but the primary act is listening. If you don’t listen, there’s no way to lay the groundwork for any sort of mutuality.”

Through peer listening, agree both Niblack and Stewart, trust can develop and the next steps toward recovery can be taken. 

“The most powerful part of recovery is having someone able to listen when you need someone to listen,” says Niblack. “The healing is what comes out of that connection.”

At the Recovery Institute, steps toward healing may take the form of guidance with social service agencies, lodging or food. Or they may mean participation in one of the Institute’s many peer-led groups, which range from healing trauma, focused recovery groups for LGBTQI, diversion/treatment court support, safety training, mental health support and tobacco recovery, to classes, including arts, wellness, meditation, art, walking, writing and health management.

The Institute also offers Recovery Coaching, a more intensive layer of support that helps participants begin to develop a community and plan that promotes recovery.

In 2018, almost 1,700 people were served and more than 120 groups a month offered. Trained peers offer evidence-based practices, which include the use of action plans regarding crisis management for substance use or mental health, as well as promoting plans for seeking safety for domestic abuse survivors.

“Primarily what we offer is a place where people who are experiencing addiction or mental health concerns and who are working on their recovery can find people like themselves, and that includes the staff,” says Sean Harris, Executive Director of Recovery Institute. “It’s more of a healing environment and a place of belonging as opposed to a clinical treatment center. People can socialize and work together on their recovery rather than just coming for their individual service.”

2019 UFAM Recovery Live Residency Tour

U.S. Addiction Services is a generous Gold Sponsor

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Unite to Face Addiction Michigan  thanks U.S. Addiction Services for their generous Gold Sponsorship of the 2019 UFAM Recovery Live Residency Tour.

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PINCKNEY NIGHT in Recovery

PINCKNEY NIGHT IN RECOVERY

Pinckney Night in Recovery

Please join Unite to Face Addiction-MI, Foundations Skywood Recovery Center, Shalom Lutheran Church, Amber Reineck HouseMeridian Health Services, Turning Point, DRUG FREE ALL STARS,

and many more Livingston County Stakeholders on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th, 2019, for what is to be a very memorable evening.

The 8th Annual Recovery Live Residency Tour "Giving It Away to Keep It" Performance & optional Dinner Buffet will benefit Community Substance Abuse Initiatives.

PINCKNEY NIGHT IN RECOVERY is excited to highlight National Artists such as Comedian MARK LUNDHOLM, Local Detroit Area Singer/Songwriter JOE JABER, National Family Recovery Advocate and Author of "A Mothers Addiction Journey" KATIE DONOVAN, and Former National Football Player and Advocate for "Athletes in Recovery" RANDY GRIMES.

This can't miss Night of Addiction and Recovery Awareness is one of 5 days throughout Michigan highlighting these national Entertainers and Advocates along with their unique and inspiring Recovery messages.

This year UFAM is excited & proud as well to have the nationally acclaimed documentary crew that developed the critically acclaimed films "Anonymous People" & Generation Found" documenting our Tour for an upcoming feature film.

Proceeds from these events will help to support much-needed resources our communities need in addressing Substance Abuse initiatives and allow these entertainers and their message of recovery to be heard in Schools, Prisons, Jails, Juvenile Halls, and Treatment Centers during this unprecedented Recovery Live Residency Tour.

Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door

5:15 PM - Special Buffet Dinner Engagement along with special activities such as Fellowship, Resource tables, and a chance to win some great prizes.

**The Buffet Meal and Show to benefit Community Recovery Initiatives Online is $30.00 for Individual and $50.00 per Couple.

These performances will be an emotional roller coaster ride of introspective analysis, delivered by unbridled emotion, highlighted by the Artists and Speakers' unique interpretation, perspective. and narrative.

Doors for General Admission open at 6:00PM with an opportunity to engage with local community collaborators who will be providing resource tables, fellowship, and a chance to win some great prizes!

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WATERFORD DAY in Recovery

KALAMAZOO NIGHT IN RECOVERY

Waterford Day in Recovery

Please join Unite to Face Addiction-MI, Foundations Skywood Recovery Center, The River Church, Meridian Health Services, Turning Point, DRUG FREE ALL STARS, ACHC - Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, and many more Oakland County Stakeholders on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th, 2019 at Noon, for a special Recovery Live presentation at the River Church of Waterford for what is to be a very [memorable afternoon.

The 8th Annual Recovery Live Residency Tour "Giving It Away to Keep It" Performance will benefit Community Substance Abuse Initiatives and this special Waterford presentation will be highlighted by a special NARCAN training provided by ACHC- Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities.

WATERFORD DAY IN RECOVERY is excited to highlight National Artists such as Comedian MARK LUNDHOLM, Local Detroit Area Singer/Songwriter JOE JABER, National Family Recovery Advocate and Author of "A Mothers Addiction Journey" KATIE DONOVAN, and Former National Football Player and Advocate for "Athletes in Recovery" RANDY GRIMES.

This can't miss DAY of Addiction and Recovery Awareness is one of 5 days throughout Michigan highlighting these national Entertainers and Advocates along with their unique and inspiring Recovery messages.

This year UFAM is excited & proud as well to have the nationally acclaimed documentary crew that developed the critically acclaimed films "Anonymous People" & Generation Found" documenting our Tour for an upcoming feature film.

Proceeds from these events will help to support much-needed resources our communities need in addressing Substance Abuse initiatives and allow these entertainers and their message of recovery to be heard in Schools, Prisons, Jails, Juvenile Halls, and Treatment Centers during this unprecedented Recovery Live Residency Tour.

Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door

Doors for General Admission open at 11:45am with an opportunity to engage with local community collaborators who will be providing resource tables, fellowship, and a chance to win some great prizes!

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FLINT Night in Recovery

FLINT NIGHT IN RECOVERY

Flint Night in Recovery

Please join Unite to Face Addiction-MI, FAN-Families Against Narcotics and their Hope not Handcuffs program, Drug Free All Stars, Meridian Health Services, Odyssey House of Flint, Genesee County Prevention Coalition, New Paths, Ascension, UAW-GM Local 598 MOST Group as well as many Flint & Genesee Area Stakeholders Friday December 13th for what is to be a very exciting and memorable evening.

The 8th Annual Recovery Live Residency Tour "Giving It Away to Keep It" Performance & optional Buffet Dinner to benefit Community Substance Abuse Initiatives,

FLINT NIGHT IN RECOVERY is excited to highlight National Comedian MARK LUNDHOLM, Detroit Area Singer/Song Writer JOE JABER, National Family Recovery Advocate Author of " A Mothers Addiction Journey" KATIE DONOVAN, Former National Football Great RANDY GRIMES.

This can't miss Night of Addiction and Recovery Awareness is one of 5 nights throughout Michigan highlighting these national entertainers and Advocates along with their Recovery message. Proceeds from these events will help to support much-needed resources our communities need in addressing Substance Abuse initiatives and allow these entertainers and their message of recovery to be heard in Schools, Prisons, Jails, Juvenile Halls, and Treatment Centers during this unprecedented Recovery Live Residency Tour.

This year UFAM is excited & proud as well to have the nationally acclaimed documentary crew that developed the critically acclaimed films "Anonymous People" & Generation Found" documenting our Tour for an upcoming feature film.

Tickets are $20 at the door

Special Buffet Dinner Engagement along with special activities such as Fellowship, Resource tables, and Silent Auction Items.

**The Buffet Meal and Show to benefit Community Recovery Initiatives is $30.00 for Individual and $50.00 per Couple.

These performances will be an emotional roller coaster ride of introspective analysis, delivered by unbridled emotion, highlighted by the Artists and Speakers' unique interpretation, perspective. and narrative.

Doors for General Admission open at 6:00PM with an opportunity to engage with local community collaborators who will be providing resource tables have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and enjoy many other unique community experiences.

Tickets at the door: are $20 show only or $35 Dinner Buffet & Show...

There is also a package deal of Show, Dinner, T-Shirt, & the signed book "American Fix" for $75.00

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LANSING Night in Recovery

LANSING NIGHT IN RECOVERY

LANSING NIGHT IN RECOVERY

Please join Unite to Face Addiction-MI, Capital Area Project VOX, Meridian Health Services, OCHN, Amber Reineck House, and many more Lansing Area Stakeholders on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12th, 2019, for what is to be a very memorable evening

The 8th Annual Recovery Live Residency Tour "Giving It Away to Keep It" Performance will benefit Community Substance Abuse Initiatives. LANSING NIGHT IN RECOVERY is excited to highlight Nationally known Comedian MARK LUNDHOLM, Michigan Singer/Songwriter JOE JABER, National Family Recovery Advocate & Author "A Mothers Addiction Journey" KATIE DONOVAN, and Former National Football Player RANDY GRIMES.

This night is a can't miss, helping to raise Addiction and Recovery Awareness and is one of 5 nights throughout Michigan highlighting these national entertainers and Advocates along with their Recovery message.

Proceeds from these events will help to support much-needed resources for our communities, helping to address Substance Abuse initiatives and allowing for these entertainers and their messages of recovery to be heard in Schools, Prisons, Jails, Juvenile Halls, and Treatment Centers throughout our communities during this unprecedented Recovery Live Residency Tour.

Special activities such as Fellowship, Resource tables, and an opportunity to win some great prizes.

These performances will be an emotional roller coaster ride of introspective analysis, delivered by unbridled emotion, highlighted by the Artists and Speakers' unique interpretation, perspective. and narrative.

Special Buffet Dinner available at 5:30PM along with Show for $30. Doors for General Admission will open at 6:15PM with an opportunity to engage with local community collaborators who will be providing resource tables, have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, and enjoy many other unique community experiences.

Tickets at the door: $20.00 ($15.00 Online Pre-Sale)

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