Providers who are on the frontlines of helping individuals battling substances use disorders were featured in the second session of the Sept. 17 "The Journey Series," a free virtual series on addiction and recovery.
The panelists included Lisa Bright, CEO of the Will Bright Foundation; Camille Holcolmb, outpatient coordinator for Fellowship House; Brandon Lackey, chief program officer for The Foundry Ministries; Patricia Montgomery, clinical director for the Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center; and Kristan Shaw, executive director of Hope for Women.
The Bright family started the Will Bright Foundation after losing a son to a heroin overdose.
The Foundation operates Restoration Springs, a facility in Fayette for men living in recovery. The program helps with employment, job readiness and navigating legal hurdles.
"These are all areas that Will struggled in when he would come out of recovery and needing to be able to take that next step. Being able to provide this in his name is very meaningful to us," Bright said.
The Foundation also advocates for national legislation to reduce opioid deaths through the coalition Voices for Non-Opioid Choices.
The Foundry Ministries operates a nine-month residential program on three campuses. Its areas of focus include pastoral counseling, case management, education, employment readiness and aftercare.
The Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center serves a five-county area with a range of services. In Walker County, it operates the Awakening drug and alcohol rehab center in Parkland Shopping Center.
Fellowship House operates a residential program, an opioid-specific outpatient program and a low intensity apartment program.
Hope for Women is a 12-18 month faith-based program that has operated in Jasper for nearly a decade. It offers transitional living options and support services.
"We are here to help those women who have nowhere to turn, just like I once was in my life — those who have been thrown back into society with no support, structure or direction," Shaw said.
"The Journey Series," a collaboration of the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and Walker County Health Action Partnership as well as numerous other state and local partners, will be offered virtually each Thursday through Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. and 3:35 p.m.
Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair participated in a session this week titled "The Role of Law Enforcement in Addiction and Treatment."
To register or view past sessions, visit www.walkerrecoverymap.org/journey-series.