A recent meeting about addiction recovery in Kenora was well-attended, a sign that there is real interest in getting a grip on this issue for some, on a personal level, and also on a societal level. The meeting ranged over many topics.
Hosted by local Jay Barnard, his focus was on letting people know about an on-line addiction recovery program that he developed with others and that would allow people to get on the recovery path in their homes. By harnessing the power of technology, he and his partners aim to break down geographical barriers, ensuring that individuals from all walks of life and all backgrounds can benefit from the program’s offerings.
The program, that has been developed from the partners’ personal experiences in finding the recovery path through various means, provides a compassionate and comprehensive solution for others to overcome their addiction and move forward. The challenges of trauma and mental health issues often underlie addiction issues, Jay explained.
In the coming months, the founders are actively seeking funding and exploring partnerships to expand the program’s reach and impact. Their determination, coupled with the increasing support from the community, signifies new hope and assistance for individuals facing the challenges of addiction which is often related to trauma and mental illness.
The meeting included a couple of recovery stories by people that made use of the on-line program, a live Zoom interview with a Vancouver Police officer who worked on the city’s notorious ‘downtown eastside’, and a general discussion with the participants at the meeting. Topics included safe injection sites, BC’s law allowing small doses of drugs on a person, Alcoholics Anonymous and other means to recovery, and the problems of addicted people on Kenora’s streets. As one participant said, it would likely require multiple strategies to combat the drug crises in Kenora and across Canada, which pose significant health and societal challenges.