News & Events for the Week of 1/11/21
FAN Friends & Family...

Before we provide you with our schedule of this week's events, we wanted to take a minute to let you know about the success of one of our latest initiatives: the COMEBACK Quick Response Team (QRT) post-overdose wellness check program.
COMEBACK was launched with the Sterling Heights Police Department as a pilot program in February of 2020, right before the pandemic hit. If you're not already familiar with the QRT program, the concept is simple: we reach out to people who have suffered a non-fatal drug overdose by dispatching a team--consisting of a police officer, a peer recovery coach, and a family recovery coach--to their home. We then offer them support and services to help them find recovery. It's kind of like taking our Hope Not Handcuffs program directly to the participant's door step.

To put it mildly, we have been blown away by the success of this program. Despite launching at the worst possible time, COMEBACK had a very successful 11 months (see the statistics below). And the program is expanding quickly, too: in addition to Sterling Heights, the QRT is now active in Roseville, Ferndale, Waterford, Midland, Saginaw, Taylor, Troy, and Farmington Hills. Other communities will also be on board soon, including Romulus, Madison Heights, Allen Park, Flint, and Berkley. Compassion > Stigma! Kudos to everyone involved in this life-changing program!
(For an overview of all the programs FAN offers, click HERE.)
THIS WEEK'S FAN EVENTS
Monday, January 11th
6:00 pm: DETROIT FAN VIRTUAL FORUM Topic: "Bridging the Gap." Join our Detroit chapter as they present their monthly FAN Forum, featuring guest speaker Dr. Karla Mitchell, ND, Executive Director at Changing Lives and Staying Sober (CLASS) Agency. The meeting will take place via Zoom. For details and Zoom meeting info, see THIS FLYER.
7:00 pm: WASHTENAW FAN VIRTUAL FORUM Topic: "Stop Standing in Your Own Way: The Path from Hardship to Recovery." Guest speaker Antwan J. Brown will address hardship and adversity, which can seem like an insurmountable roadblock to an individual in recovery. Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Antwan will share his inspiring story of how he was able to emerge from an environment plagued by drugs and violence to find prosperity and purpose--and how others can do the same. Well known for his work as a Certified Peer Recovery Coach, Peer Navigator, and West Michigan Business Development Specialist, Antwan has found his way to a life he never imagined with a changed mindset. The meeting will take place via Zoom. For details and Zoom meeting info, see THIS FLYER.
Tuesday, January 12th
6:30 pm: VIRTUAL HOPE NOT HANDCUFFS ANGEL TRAINING This training is for new Angels and previously trained Angels who still need to learn the new iPad intake process (or just want to refresh their training). MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
6:30 pm: NORTHWEST WAYNE FAN VIRTUAL STRONGER TOGETHER FAMILY & FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING For family/friends who have a loved one struggling with substance use disorder. For details and Zoom meeting info, see THIS FLYER.
7:00 pm: GRAND TRAVERSE FAN VIRTUAL STRONGER TOGETHER FAMILY & FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING For family/friends who have a loved one struggling with substance use disorder. You will receive the Zoom meeting info after you register. REGISTRATION
Wednesday, January 13th
5:30 pm: WASHTENAW FAN PRESENTS VIRTUAL YOGA FOR RECOVERY Virtual yoga classes for individuals who are in or seeking recovery, as well as their family members. Yoga and mindfulness can help decrease stress, cravings, and impulsivity. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
6:30 pm: WASHTENAW FAN PRESENTS VIRTUAL EXERCISE FOR RECOVERY These full-body exercise classes help enhance mental, spiritual, and physical fitness. For individuals who are in or seeking recovery, as well as their family members. (All fitness levels welcome!) MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
6:30 pm: MACOMB FAN VIRTUAL STRONGER TOGETHER FAMILY & FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING For family/friends who have a loved one struggling with substance use disorder. You will receive the Zoom meeting info after you register. REGISTRATION
Thursday, January 14th
10:00 am: VIRTUAL NALOXONE TRAINING (for people who live, work, or go to school in Macomb County) Includes a free naloxone kit, with 2 nasal spray doses, mailed directly to your home. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
6:30 pm: VIRTUAL HOPE NOT HANDCUFFS ANGEL TRAINING This training is for new Angels and previously trained Angels who still need to learn the new iPad intake process (or just want to refresh their training). MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
7:00 pm: GREAT LAKES BAY REGION FAN VIRTUAL FORUM Topic: "Stronger Together & Family Recovery Coaches." Guest speaker Jacalyn Sanders, creator of Stronger Together 12-step Family Recovery Plan. Join the Great Lakes Bay Region chapter for this meeting to learn how to get support for YOU. Family Recovery Coaches help us address grief, guilt, boundaries, control, and other issues related to a loved one's addiction. The meeting will take place via Zoom. For details and Zoom meeting info, see THIS FLYER. (Note: There will also be free virtual naloxone training after this meeting.)
7:30 pm: WASHTENAW FAN PRESENTS VIRTUAL YOGA FOR RECOVERY Virtual yoga classes for individuals who are in or seeking recovery, as well as their family members. Yoga and mindfulness can help decrease stress, cravings, and impulsivity. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
Friday, January 15th
12:00 noon: COACHING CORNER VIRTUAL PEER RECOVERY "LUNCH BREAK" SESSION Topic: "Our Words Have Power: Using Recovery-Friendly Language." Join Certified Peer Recovery Coach Deborah G. for this interesting discussion. REGISTRATION
Saturday, January 16th
10:00 am: COACHING CORNER VIRTUAL FAMILY RECOVERY SESSION Topic: "New Year Challenges." Join Certified Family Recovery Coach Lisa M. for this discussion and get the new year off on the right foot. REGISTRATION
10:00 am: VIRTUAL NALOXONE TRAINING (open to all Michigan residents) Includes a free naloxone kit, with 2 nasal spray doses, mailed directly to your home. Naloxone saves lives by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. Be prepared! MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
11:00 am: WASHTENAW FAN PRESENTS VIRTUAL EXERCISE FOR RECOVERY These full-body exercise classes help enhance mental, spiritual, and physical fitness. For individuals who are in or seeking recovery, as well as their family members. (All fitness levels welcome!) MORE INFO & REGISTRATION
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, FUNDRAISERS, ETC.
COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN CHARITY SIGN-UP DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15TH!
If you're a current or retired federal government employee (including the armed forces), you can choose to contribute to Families Against Narcotics through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which is the official workplace giving campaign of the federal government. The deadline to sign up and designate your charity for 2021 is January 15th. We hope you’ll consider selecting FAN (CFC #85259) as your CFC charity! And if you have family/friends who are federal government employees or retirees, please share this information with them. Federal employees/retirees can sign up to give to FAN via THIS LINK. Also, to read a parent's account of how FAN helped a young man find recovery, check out THIS STORY.
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR FAN? IF SO, WE NEED YOU!
Families Against Narcotics would not exist without the help of the amazing volunteers who devote their time and effort to making our programs and events successful. And we have lots of volunteer opportunities available, even during COVID. They include things like answering our Hope Line, helping with our Hope Not Handcuffs program, doing data entry, and more. Everyone has skills that can help FAN do what it does! To find out more about volunteering, or to sign up, go to THIS LINK.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO COOK SUNDAY DINNER FOR KYLE'S HOUSE SOBER LIVING?
Kyle's House, a sober living home in Fraser, was started by one of the founding members of FAN. Since 2011, FAN has been facilitating volunteer-cooked (or purchased) Sunday meals for the home's residents. If you'd be interested in providing a Sunday dinner for 15-18 men in recovery, we (and especially they) would love it. And you don't have to be a gourmet chef, either. Just cook from your heart like you would for your own family! Meals can be delivered between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on the Sunday that you choose. For more information, or to sign up to bring a little bit of home cooking to the courageous men at Kyle's House, go to the "Meals at Kyle's House" page on our website.
FAN CAN ALWAYS USE YOUR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE!
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