Harbor Peer and Wellness Center closed, still serving communities remotely

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 10:45am

    We have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Harbor Peer and Wellness Center, for the next two weeks to 30 days and perhaps longer depending on the guidance and prevailing wisdom of Maine CDC. This decision is out of more than just an abundance of caution, but what we feel is the right level of concern for the public health, the health of our staff and the health and well-being of the larger community. This means all of the community, not just those who use our services, but those who are immunocompromised, the elderly, those who have never even heard of us, and those who are still perhaps unsure how concerned to be about the COVID-19 pandemic.

    As the situation has evolved, we have done our best to evolve with it, expanding our off-site resources and making efforts to inform our community and the larger community about all the options available to aid them in their recovery via our Facebook page and making outbound calls and texts to individuals in our communities.

    During this closure, we are offering support virtually by having staff readily available for one-on-one support, and to provide resources and information. Anyone needing support with their recovery or a family member needing support can call or text us at 207-315-1036 or 207-315-1104 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you would like us to call you, please email keitha@amistadmaine.org with your first name, phone number and best time to call and we will reach out to you.

    The Boothbay Harbor/Midcoast community is a very special and caring community. We have had local community members reach out offering support to go grocery shopping, buying the items and delivering to individuals in need within our recovery community. Community is so important and vital in uncertain times like now.

    The opposite of addiction is connection and although it may seem hard to stay connected while social distancing, we feel we have alternative solutions to help support our recovery community. We hope you, your loved ones, and friends stay well and that we all prevent further spread of COVID-19. Additional updates will be made on our Facebook page as the situation warrants.

    Take care of yourself, know we are here for you (just in a different way), and best wishes during this challenging time. You don't have to lose hope, you don't have to live in fear and especially you don't have to use.

    These online recovery supports are available:

    Unity Recovery – Online recovery support groups which will be available four times daily at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST

    12Step – Variety of online meetings and various other outside resources

    Online Intergroup Alcoholics Anonymous – Online meetings with specialized topics with a variety of meeting formats (i.e. chat, text, e-mail, etc.)

    The Addiction Recovery Guide – Variety of online communications, including chat rooms, message boards, etc.; also offers online media and online meetings with specific meeting topics (i.e., cocaine anonymous)

    In The Rooms – Online meetings with specialized topics; multiple modalities, including 12 step, non-12 step, over all wellness, and overall mental health

    Life Ring – Provides online meetings using Zoom. There is already a set schedule for all seven days of the week with various speakers scheduled.

    NA Recovery – Recovery chat rooms using text chat; also provides other recovery resources such as testimonies, readings, etc.

    Never Alone Club – Daily online meetings with 24/7 text chat with other members; also offers a variety of extra resources, such as meditation for NA, relapse prevention, and other recovery-oriented resources

    NA Voices – Specifically a narcotics anonymous forum and recovery community that uses text chat, Skype, and phone calls

    Smart Recovery – Online meetings and an online community with message boards and a chat room

    StepChat – Variety of meetings based on an already set schedule using text chat

    Women for Sobriety – Online support with open forums where women can share and seek support 24/7 plus text messaging support schedules two times a day; also offers phone support