Are services really free at A Way Forward?
Why do you offer free services?
We want to remove barriers to recovery. Figuring out how to pay for help to get sober can be daunting. Even if a person does have insurance they have to search for a facility that will accept the insurance. Then figure out how to pay the co-pay.
It is our sincere desire to give back to the community and offer a safe space for recovery.
What if you can’t help me?
One of the ways we help is to assist you to find other resources available in the community. We refer you to other resources and will happily sit down with you and help you make a plan.
Do you only work with alcoholics and addicts?
No, we welcome anyone. There are many mental and emotional health issues such as depression or anxiety which may occur independently of addiction. These health issues will also impact a person’s recovery and sobriety. We offer family support for those who have loved ones struggling with addiction or substance use disorder.
Do you have any recovery groups without “the God thing”?
(Of course, we also host some AA meetings.)
Do you only offer recovery groups?
We take a broader approach to recovery from substances and related conditions. We offer many groups that look at other mental health issues including PTSD, anxiety, grief and depression. These conditions can all lead to substance use. They can also block a person in recovery from achieving sobriety.
Everyone is welcome to attend these groups. People do not have to have an issue with substance use.
Do you offer free meals?
No, we do not offer free meals. We will sometimes have special events and barbeque or have a pizza night, for example. These would be announced at meetings and in social media.
We can help you find other places that offer free meals. We can also direct you to one of the many food banks in town.
Do you have any wellness programs?
Yes, we do. Art, meditation, crocheting, coloring, and Yoga classes have been very popular. We are always adding to these and developing new activities.
Can I volunteer?
Yes! We appreciate and welcome all our volunteers. Come in and talk with us about opportunities.
Recovery Coach FAQ
Recovery Coaching helps clients stay in recovery.
What is a Recovery Coach?
Consulting a coach is a great first call. The earlier, the better.
How is a Recovery Coach different than a therapist?
First and foremost, a recovery coach is not a replacement for a therapist. Secondly, therapists often work with clients on their past and why a person may be stuck. Recovery Coaches focus your strengths and what it is that can be done for your recovery today. Often, that is with future goals in mind. Recovery coaches also take a broad approach to help address quality of life issues or challenges with health, work, relationships, finances, etc. Coaches ask “what” and “how” questions to create goals and plans. great coaches establish trust with therapists, so that the coach can extend the work their clients do with their therapists on a regular basis.
How is a sponsor different than a Recovery Coach?
Sponsors are volunteers who help others within a single pathway of recovery – 12-step. Recovery Coaches are paid and highly trained professionals. Sponsors stick to the steps, fellowship, and traditions and tell the sponsee what to do in order to recover. Recovery Coaches ask their clients how they want to pursue recovery. For those choosing 12-step, coaches are expert in staying in their lane and supporting that pathway.
Recovery Coaching is a strengths-based approach, with the goal of helping to achieve living your best life.