News from Springs Recovery Connection
March 17th, 2021
Springs Recovery Connection Mission
To strengthen the recovery community through peer and family support, public education and advocacy.
Words Matter: How Language Choice Can Reduce Stigma
"Protest any labels that turn people into things. Words are important. If you want to care for something, you call it a ‘flower;’ if you want to kill something, you call it a ‘weed.’”
Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace or infamy, a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation.ii Substance use disorders carry a high burden of stigma; fear of judgment means that people with substance use disorders are less likely to seek help, and more likely to drop out of treatment programs in which they do enroll. 

What is a Recovery Community Organization?
A recovery community organization (RCO) is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery that does any, one, or combination of the following activities. These activities are available to all community members and are not restricted to individuals enrolled in a specific educational, treatment, or residential program.  Springs Recovery Connection offers support free of charge to any individual or family seeking help.

SRC Impact: SRC and Workforce
Springs Recovery Connection has partnered with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center to provide extended paid training to SRC volunteers and those interested in learning about substance use disorder through the eyes of recovery. Interested persons interview with SRC and qualify through the Pikes Peak Workforce Center program grant. The paid training lasts 3-5 months, and in that time, participants gain hands-on practical experience that highlights the competencies of a Peer Recovery Coach. 

Treating addiction in the criminal justice system benefits everyone.
The Kennedy Forum
March 10, 2021
Christine Finnigan recently sued DuPage County (Chicago) Sheriff James Mendrick for failing to facilitate her methadone treatment while she served 30 days for an alcohol-related DUI. Methadone is an opioid-based medication that blocks cravings for drugs like heroin and OxyContin and lessens the chance of an overdose. The Kennedy Forum Illinois wrote a letter in support of Ms. Finnigan.

Calling All Artists!
Would you like to be featured as a 2021 Artist In Recovery?
Email Elise Bergsten , SRC Volunteer, for more information.

Recovery Hero: Chris Foster
My name is Chris, I’m 31yrs old. I was born in Chicago, IL. I’ve been in recovery since 2017. The one thing that I’m most proud of accomplishing within this time has been my acceptance. Having confidence in myself and my recovery actually has allowed me to talk openly and proudly about my personal journey. A low point for me was when I was at work, street-sweeping a road, and I fell asleep at the wheel and clipped the back end of a co-worker’s car with the sweeper and tore the whole back end off.

Do you know a Recovery Hero? We'd like to meet them.
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