Journey Bags

This project reaches out and serves a diverse group of people in our community that are suffering from addiction and or have recently overdosed. As a mother of an active heroin user, I became frustrated with my community and their lack of empathy and sympathy for my son. I was angry at the first responders and medical personnel that would hand my son a piece of paper with treatment options that he usually threw away immediately after he had been treated with Narcan and or released from the ER.  So, I took my angry and decided to make a change. The Journey Bags are drawstring backpacks that contain personal hygiene items, snacks, a spiritual daily reader and a little note of encouragement let those who have a substance use disorder that there is HOPE. The bags are distributed in several ways. UC West Chester distribute the bags through their ER to patients that has recently overdosed or has a substance use disorder. I pass bags out at Middletown Syringe Exchange Program and plan on visiting the other syringe exchange programs very soon.  The Quick Response Team in Warren County hands bags out to individual who have recently overdosed when they follow up to encourage treatment or to offer help. The purpose of these bags are simply to show love and support to those who have a substance use disorder and to eliminate treatment options and resources being thrown away immediately. If that information is inside of a bag of goodies chances are they may pick it up one day and seek help.



Peer to Peer Support

WHO

Anybody who loves someone who suffers from additction.

WHAT

A peer led, confidential support group that is faith based.

WHERE

New Freedom Church 

840 Miller Road 

Lebanon, Ohio

WHEN

The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7pm.

WHY

The traditional advice and support isnt for everyone. Studies have shown that some of those methods actually can cause more harm than help.

HOW

Using a non-traditional approach and a set of tools that are supported and used by the

PARTNERSHIP for DRUG FREE KIDS. 

We will help you increase your chances of getting your loved one into treatment and focus on maintaining your own self-care all by introducing

MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING and C.R.A.F.T  as strategies to help.

A New Kind of Fix


Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent .

- Victor Hugo 

100% guaranteed to touch the hearts of everyone who attends.

 

Pastor Dave Irwin and crew does a fabulous job spreading the word of God through their music ministry. 


This special service will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month starting at  7 pm. 

We welcome you with an open mind, open heart and will embrace you with open arms, so come as you are...


New Freedom Church

840 Miller Road

Lebanon, Ohio

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ADDICTION

HARM REDUCTION