News from Springs Recovery Connection
December 9th, 2020
Springs Recovery Connection Mission
To strengthen the recovery community through peer and family support, public education and advocacy.
Check your head:
The Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health
As the United States struggles anew to contain COVID-19, concerns are growing regarding its long-term impact on mental health. Local reports cite increases in domestic violence calls and opioid overdose. Crisis hotline use is also rising, with some reports of staggering spikes. For example, calls to Los Angeles suicide and mental health hotlines have increased 8,000 percent.

NAMI: Virtual Support Groups
NAMI’s Family Support Group and Basics Support Group provide peer support for family members as their loved ones encounter the ups and downs that come with living with mental illness and working toward recovery. 

Biden’s other health crisis: A resurgent drug epidemic
President-elect Joe Biden, long viewed as a drug policy hawk during his four decades in the Senate, is signaling a different approach to confronting a still-raging drug addiction epidemic made worse by the pandemic.
Biden, who has stocked his team with addiction experts with extensive backgrounds in public health, will emphasize new funding for substance abuse treatment and prevention, while calling to eliminate jail time for drug use. It’s a departure from his tough-on-crime approach as a senator — and from President Donald Trump’s frequent focus on a law enforcement response to the drug crisis, which experts said undercut necessary public health measures.
(SRC has no opinion or affiliation with any political entity or organization.)
New diversity scholarship designed for substance use treatment
AspenRidge Recovery offering thousands of dollars, three months of treatment

COLORADO SPRINGS — Recovery is possible, but taking that first step toward a new life, is daunting. Especially when confronted with the cost of different forms of treatment, which can be expensive.
AspenRidge Recovery serves people with mental health or substance use issues, and recently expanded into Colorado Springs. Following the death of George Floyd, the centers started a scholarship worth up to $33,000 for a minority member of the community to receive around three months of treatment.

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Recovery Hero: Rebecca Cota
Hello my name is Rebecca Cota and I have been in recovery for 32 years.
The accomplishment I am most proud of in this time was moving out of my dysfunctional comfort zone and gaining confidence in who I am. Being a good mom also makes be proud. I went to South America early in recovery and learned Spanish, now this is a great asset. I have gained much cultural knowledge first hand in helping people with this language. Although most people don’t know it, learning Spanish was directly linked to my recovery.

Springs Recovery Connection's Updated Office Hours
Due to COVID-19 and regulations reinstated by the El Paso County Health Department, our office is now closed to all walk in traffic. Please call us for more information 719-465-2295.
Springs Recovery Connection
1930 W. Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904