MINOCQUA - A program quickly expanding in the Northwoods strives to help people recovering from substance abuse. Recovery Corps is an AmeriCorps program offered by Marshfield Clinic.
The program trains and uses recovery coaches to help out those affected by a substance abuse disorder.
The Recovery Corps program headquartered in Minocqua started last September and has about 12 coaches. The organization covers Forest, Vilas, Oneida, Price and Iron Counties, along with three Native American tribes in that area.
Program Manager Becky Boquist says it's important to have the program in the Northwoods.
"Just fill in those gaps in a rural community, it's really hard to get to AODA or get to meetings or just find someone sober to hang out with, and that's a need we can fill for our clients," said Boquist.
Recovery coaches don't just provide peer-support. The coaches are also trained to help clients find other community resources, and to have knowledge on various recovery topics.
"They receive significant amount of training and resources from us on an ongoing basis," said Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps team Manager Brian Blahnik. "And they can make those tools and resources available to that community that otherwise might not have them."
To find out how you can become a coach, or if you feel you are in need of a coach, visit the website linked below.