Com­mu­nity turns out for Mo­saic Place re­cov­ery sup­port cen­ter

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Mo­saic Place, High­land Rivers Health’s new ad­dic­tion re­cov­ery sup­port cen­ter, hosted its grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion at the end of the Oc­to­ber. Funded through a grant from the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Be­hav­ioral Health and De­vel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties (DBHDD), Mo­saic Place be­gan pro­vid­ing ser­vices in early Oc­to­ber, but held a grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion and rib­bon cut­ting Oc­to­ber 26 in Cedar­town.

“High­land Rivers pro­vides a con­tin­uum of ser­vices to help in­di­vid­u­als with ad­dic­tion and other sub­stance use dis­or­ders, in­clud­ing detox­i­fi­ca­tion, res­i­den­tial treat­ment, in­ten­sive out­pa­tient and com­mu­ni­ty­based ser­vices,” said Me­lanie Dal­las, CEO of High­land Rivers Health. “But what we didn’t have un­til now was a re­cov­ery sup­port com­mu­nity, a place where in­di­vid­u­als in re­cov­ery could meet for on­go­ing sup­port and learn­ing.”

“Mo­saic Place fills that need and will pro­vide an ex­cel­lent com­ple­ment to our clin­i­cal ser­vices,” Dal­las said.

Re­cov­ery com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, as pro­grams such as Mo­saic Place are also known, have been in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar in the U.S. amid the grow­ing re­al­iza­tion that ad­dic­tion and other sub­stance use dis­or­ders are chronic dis­eases. In­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in re­cov­ery with sub­stance use dis­or­ders of­ten ben­e­fit from on­go­ing sup­port from peers and oth­ers with lived ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ac­cord­ing to the Re­cov­ery Re­search In­sti­tute, these cen­ters help in­di­vid­u­als at the com­mu­nity level by pro­vid­ing ad­vo­cacy train­ing, re­cov­ery in­for­ma­tion and re­source mo­bi­liza­tion, mu­tual-help or peer-sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tion meet­ings (e.g., Al­co­holics Anony­mous, SMART Re­cov­ery, LifeRing), so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, and other com­mu­ni­ty­based ser­vices.

“In­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in re­cov­ery, who have lived ex­pe­ri­ence and un­der­stand the chal­lenges of ad­dic­tion, can be a tre­men­dous source of hope for those work­ing on their re­cov­ery jour­ney,” said Dal­las. “That’s why High­land Rivers has been work­ing to ex­pand our peer work­force – be­cause hope and sup­port and en­cour­age­ment are ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal for re­cov­ery.”

Mo­saic Place pro­gram man­ager Nikki Kemp is a cer­ti­fied peer spe­cial­ist in men­tal health (CPS-MH) and a cer­ti­fied ad­dic­tion re­cov­ery sup­port spe­cial­ist (CARES). Kemp was pro­filed in Septem­ber in the Rome News Tri­bune as part of a se­ries of sto­ries about the 20th an­niver­sary of High­land Rivers’ Women’s Out­reach pro­gram.

Like most of the Mo­saic Place staff, Kemp is an in­di­vid­ual in long-term re­cov­ery who rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of on­go­ing com­mu­nity sup­port for peo­ple liv­ing with sub­stance use chal­lenges.

“All of us here at Mo­saic Place are liv­ing in long-term re­cov­ery and are ready to share our strengths and hopes with oth­ers so they may find long-term re­cov­ery them­selves,” said Kemp. “We be­lieve the op­po­site of ad­dic­tion is con­nec­tion – and here at the Mo­saic Place you will find con­nec­tions.”

“The sup­port from the com­mu­nity at our grand open­ing let us know that change is hap­pen­ing in Polk County and we are ready to fight stigma and break down bar­ri­ers that ad­dic­tion causes,” she said.

More than 60 peo­ple at­tended the grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion, in­clud­ing Tal­lapoosa Cir­cuit Su­pe­rior Court Judge Michael Mur­phy, Cedar­town City Man­ager Bill Fann, who is also a mem­ber of the High­land Rivers gov­ern­ing board, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Polk County Fam­ily Court, Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, and DBHDD. Rock­mart City Coun­cil­man Sher­man Ross, also a High­land Rivers board mem­ber, and sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in re­cov­ery also at­tended.

“We were both thrilled and hum­bled by the turn-out at the grand open­ing,” said CEO Dal­las. “Polk County is a spe­cial com­mu­nity, and its sup­port of Mo­saic Place, and High­land Rivers Health gen­er­ally, makes such an in­cred­i­ble dif­fer­ence to the in­di­vid­u­als that live here. We are so proud to be a part of this com­mu­nity.”

Mo­saic Place is open to in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in re­cov­ery and their fam­i­lies in any county served by High­land Rivers Health. The cen­ter does not pro­vide clin­i­cal ser­vices, but pro­vides peer sup­port ser­vices in­clud­ing 12-step pro­grams, classes and other sup­port groups. Visit the Mo­saic Place Face­book page for a sched­ule of up­com­ing classes and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mo­saic Place is lo­cated at 321 West Ave. Suite H, in Cedar­town, in the lower level of the build­ing where High­land Rivers for­merly pro­vided ser­vices for in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties, be­fore re­lo­cat­ing those ser­vices to One Door Polk. Staff is hop­ing to re­cruit com­mu­nity vol­un­teers that are in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing short classes or learn­ing ses­sions on top­ics such as cook­ing, par­ent­ing, home re­pair, re­sumes and in­ter­view­ing, art and mu­sic, bud­get­ing, nu­tri­tion, ex­er­cise and life skills.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Mo­saic Place, visit http://high­landriver­­saic-place, or call Mo­saic Place at (678) 901-1445.

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High­land Rivers Health CEO Me­lanie Dal­las cuts the rib­bon at the grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion of Mo­saic Place, an ad­dic­tion re­cov­ery sup­port cen­ter in Cedar­town, while Deb­bie Strotz, di­rec­tor of re­cov­ery-ori­ented care at High­land Rivers and an in­di­vid­ual in long-term re­cov­ery, looks on. Hold­ing the rib­bon are Ans­ley Sil­vers, di­rec­tor of ad­dic­tive dis­ease at High­land Rivers (left), and Nikki Kemp, Mo­saic Place pro­gram man­ager and also an in­di­vid­ual in long-term re­cov­ery. The rib­bon cut­ting was ar­ranged by the Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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High­land Rivers staff and board mem­bers joined DBHDD to cel­e­brate the grand open­ing of Mo­saic Place. In this photo: Ans­ley Sil­vers, di­rec­tor of ad­dic­tive dis­ease at High­land Rivers Health (from left); Me­lanie Dal­las, High­land Rivers CEO; Wrayanne Glaze Parker, women’s pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor at DBHDD; Nikki Kemp, Mo­saic Place pro­gram man­ager; and High­land Rivers Polk County gov­ern­ing board rep­re­sen­ta­tives Bill Fann and Sher­man Ross.

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A seat­ing area at Mo­saic Place al­lows in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies to meet and in­ter­act in a com­fort­able and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

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