News from Springs Recovery Connection
February 24th, 2021
Springs Recovery Connection Mission
To strengthen the recovery community through peer and family support, public education and advocacy.
The Inherent Dignity of People
Editorial in the Colorado Springs Gazette
The editorial praising Colorado U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn’s opposition to safe injection sites mentions the need for compassion in addressing addiction. We agree that compassion should guide our response to substance use disorder. However, we don’t believe that a compassionate approach includes references to “junkies” and baseless assertions about harm reduction efforts. The evidence from a long train of sources, including the CDC and the International Journal on Drug Policy, indicates that safe injection sites reduce overdoses, disease and crime.

As Addiction Deaths Surge, Profit-Driven Rehab Industry Faces 'Severe Ethical Crisis
As the nation's addiction crisis deepened, Tamara Beetham, who studies health policy at Yale University, set out to answer a simple question: What happens when people try to get help?
Her first step was to create a kind of undercover identity — a 26-year-old, using heroin daily. Using this fictional persona, her research team called more than 600 residential treatment centers all over the country.
"We'd kind of call and say, I'm looking to, you know, start treatment and kind of go from there," Beetham said.

SRC Impact:
Peers Behind the Walls
Beginning October 2020, Springs Recovery Connection worked with El Paso County Jail to offer services to recoverees who are currently incarcerated. SRC has received 78 referrals to Springs Recovery Connection Coaches. SRC is now serving 23 individuals on a bi-weekly basis with recovery coaching services through virtual video. As a post release support option, Springs Recovery Connection launched a peer led mutual aid group on Jan 15, 2021 and have served 37 CJC Peers.

If you have been unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19, you may be eligible for rental assistance from the state.
The Colorado Legislature and Governor Polis have passed Senate Bill 20B-002 authorizing an additional $54 million in housing assistance for people economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Substance Abuse Resources for VETS
This site is a storehouse of facility and key staff information within 1952 VA facilities, maintained on a regular basis by editors and administrators nationwide throughout the VA network. Designed for ease-of-use, this site categorizes information for browsing by state and administration, as well as by viewing through an interactive map of the United States.

Recovery Hero: Barbara
Hi, my name is Barbara . I am a person in long term recovery. I have been sober and drug free for 33 years. I have written three plays, that have been produced and acted in more than 50 theatrical productions. I am a yoga instructor and was a commercial salmon fisher for 31 years in Alaska. But, what I am most proud of is that I was there for my mother and sister when they both passed away within 6 months of each other in 2018. If I wouldn’t have been in recovery, I doubt I would’ve been there for them. What helped me was doing yoga every day and going to AA meetings.

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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