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One year of Second Chance Centers in AZ

By 3rd April 2018

This week is the anniversary of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Second Chance Centers. They are part of an initiative that provides pre-release workforce services to inmates through the Arizona Department of Corrections.

More than 800 inmates at the three centers received these services and about half of those inmates have gotten their second chance so far and became employed after release from prison.

Learn more about this story by clicking on the story from KGUN9 News:

https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/one-year-of-second-chance-centers-in-az

TURNING ART INTO ACTIVISM TO COMBAT THE OPIOID CRISIS

By 12th March 2018

Artist Nan Goldin stages opioids protest in Metropolitan Museum Sackler Wing

New York Big Pharma demonstration sees activists dump specially made bottles in moat around Egyptian Temple of Dendur.

The artist Nan Goldin and around 100 fellow demonstrators threw pill bottles into the moat surrounding an ancient Egyptian temple at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on Saturday, to protest sponsorship by the family that owns one of the largest makers of opioids. 

The pill bottles had been labeled by the protesters to say “prescribed to you by the Sackler Family”. The Sackler family wholly owns Purdue Pharma, which makes the prescription painkiller OxyContin. In 1974, the family paid for the Sackler Wing at the Met, in which the 2,000-year-old Temple of Dendur stands.

Goldin, who recently recovered from a near-fatal addiction to OxyContin, led the protest. “Shame!” she shouted. “As artists and activists we demand funding for treatment: 150 people will die today, 10 while we are standing here, from drug overdoses.”

Security guards allowed the protesters to stage a die-in as puzzled tourists looked on.

“Disperse, please,” guards called. One, who would not give his name, told the Guardian he agreed with the action.

“Sacklers lie, people die,” Goldin chanted.

She said: “We want the Sacklers to put their money into rehab not museums.”

One protester, Bob Alexander, a city guide for tourists, said he had once had an opioid problem.

“The Sackler family has made a lot of money out of OxyContin and they didn’t tell people how addictive it is,” he said. “Putting profits into cultural philanthropy is hypocritical.”

Hundreds of pill bottles were thrown into the moat. One guard ripped down a banner that read: “Fund rehab.” After about 20 minutes, Goldin led the protesters out of the museum peacefully. 

Goldin planned the action as a protest against museums, galleries and academic institutions in the US, UK and elsewhere which take donations from the Sackler family. The Sacklers donated $3.4m to the Met, a gift that was used to build a home for the Temple of Dendur, one of the institution’s most popular draws. 

Goldin revealed recently that she developed a dependency on opioids after being prescribed OxyContin while recovering from wrist surgery in Berlin in 2014.

A former heroin addict, she said she became addicted to the powerful painkillers “overnight”. When she could not get the pills by prescription, she began buying them from street dealers. That led her to take heroin and fentanyl when she could not get pills and to almost suffer a fatal overdose.

Speaking to the Guardian in an exclusive interview in January, Goldin said she did not know how the Sackler heirs descended from the late Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, and according to Forbes worth at least $13bn collectively, could “live with themselves”.

Goldin wants Sackler family members to put money into rehabilitation centers rather than art and academic philanthropy. She also wants museums to stop taking donations from the Sackler family and to stand with her campaign to expose pharmaceutical companies that made fortunes from opioids.

Such companies, collectively known as big pharma, are facing hundreds of lawsuits brought by US cities, counties and states. OxyContin is regarded as the “ground zero” of the opioid crisis because in 1996 it was released as the first of a new breed of slow-release, morphine-type prescription pills.

Developed to treat acute post-surgical pain and terminal cancer patients, such pills were marketed as a treatment for chronic pain. It emerged, however, that they could be addictive even as prescribed.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE PROTEST.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: www.theguardian.com

The White House Hosts Opioid Summit

By 1st March 2018

President Trump Hosts Opioid Summit At The White House

Each day, the opioid epidemic claims more than 115 lives. David Greene talks to Surgeon General Jerome Adams about the administration’s strategy for fighting addiction. The summit convenes today, Thursday, March 1st.

Click the image below to listen to the full report from NPR.

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Our Programs

Our ‘Quick Start Program’, is offered for a minimum of 90 days, to our residents. There is also an aftercare program that residents can take advantage of, who choose to extend their stay beyond 90 days. Learn more here

ViVRE management, employees, and volunteers are all dedicated to helping clients in need of employment, by providing guidance, life skills, resume building, and job coaching, along with regular reporting to government agencies. Learn More Here

SMART Recovery stands for “Self-Management and Recovery Training“, a science-based program that helps people to recover from a variety of addictive behaviors, including drugs, alcohol, smoking, gambling, sex, and food addiction. Learn More Here

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Coach Carl Hargrave interviews a resident success story. Coach Carl comes to the sites and works with our residents to incorporate fitness and recovery. We are a federally-recognized, non-profit organization, dedicated to providing safe and structured sober living options for the otherwise homeless ex-offender. Our program operates with an emphasis on sobriety, personal responsibility, and self-sufficiency.

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FAQ

90 days – however case by case it can be extended.  The goal is self sufficiency in 90 days.  Some good reasons for extensions would be wait lists for other housing programs, interstate compact, financial stability.  We also do have other long term supportive housing options.

There are several ways.  In prison – the case manager (CPO or COIII) will initiate the application process, typically 6 months prior to release.  Potential residents can also be referred by their parole and probation officer through various programs- talk to them about wanting to come to ViVRE.  Self referrals are also possible by calling our self-pay intake coordinator Ryan at 602-394-0961.  You may also write to ViVRE PO Box 44701 Phoenix, AZ 85064

All intakes are based on availability, which changes often.  We don’t discriminate and are all about giving men and women a second chance in life,  so there are only a few restrictions due to statute and insurance.  We cannot accept sex offenders, arsonists or those with seriously violent histories in our programs.

It is apartment style living- we have the basics provided, sheets, blanket, hygiene box, food is also provided in phase 1 (until employment is secured).  Allot of residents like to bring their own hygiene, their own blanket and pillow, you do have food storage space.  You may bring a small alarm clock, a reasonable amount of clothing, food a bicycle, laptop or even a vehicle if you have a license and registration/ insurance proof.  Due to limited space you may not bring  a TV, excessive belongings or alcohol based products.  A full list of items not allowed are gone over during intake.

Yes it is 8 pm upon intake until stability is reached and maintained.  The elements of stability include- gainful employment, zero balance of fees, adherence to rules of program (and parole/ probation supervision if applicable) maintaining sobriety, helping out with chores, etc.  This also results in phase up of program which allows for a later curfew and the potential for an overnight pass.  The goal is stability and sobriety.

Not necessarily.  We understand that housing is an immediate need and that homelessness compounds triggers of substance use disorder.  Therefore we have developed a smartfocus entry into our program.  It allows someone to access public detoxification (through our partnership with CBi at no cost to the end user) if detox isn’t needed and you are positive for a substance then we will help you get the necessary medical clearance (including transport to and from the detox) before starting the program.

For everyone’s safety the only visitors allowed (after initial intake)  are residents, staff and public officials.  Verifiable case managers are also allowed to staff in our offices with you.

 No – we partner with licensed agencies who can provide  these services.  We only provide quality structured sober living.  We can connect you with almost any resource that is needed.

Fees are different by specific program.  But generally unless referred by a parole/ community corrections officer (CCO) the fees must be paid for the week in advance by Sunday close of office.  Our residents in supportive long term housing fee payments are generally made monthly.

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