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To enable our partners, faith based organizations, and communities to address the holistic health of families in South Carolina. 

Hold Out The Lifeline:
A Mission To Families
E-Newsletter

In This Issue:
 

NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans about how substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.  It celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. National Recovery Month reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, and effective treatment.  People can and do recover.
 
Recovery is for everyone: every person, every family, every community. In our community, mental health and substance use disorders affect many people. As a part of National Recovery Month, Hold Out the Lifeline is encouraging you to broaden your understanding of what recovery means for people with different experiences.  Become a lifeline to someone by getting trained in Mental Health First Aid and attending a Community-Based Recovery Support Session so that you will be able to:

  • Identify and respond to signs of substance use disorders
  • Advance the recognition, acceptance, and support of recovery
  • Identify specific skills and techniques to support those in or seeking recovery
  • Create a community that understands, supports, and advocates for recovery 

While many of us, from celebrities and sports figures to our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family members, have experienced peaks and valleys, both big and small, we are called to be caretakers of one another. We must remember that with strength, support, and hope from the people we love, we are resilient.

Learn More
LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

COMMUNITY-BASED RECOVERY SUPPORT:
AN INTRODUCTION TO RECOVERY COACHING FOR ALL
VIRTUAL
Saturday, September 24, 2022
10 am - 11:30 pm
VIRTUAL
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
10 am - 11:30 pm
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
VIRTUAL
Monday, October 3, 2022 & 
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
10 am - 2 pm
VIRTUAL
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
9 am - 5 pm

PRESCRIPTION AWARENESS

Opioid misuse and overdoses are at epidemic levels in the United States today.  The data indicate that opioid overdoses have increased in South Carolina since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic likely due to increased anxiety, social isolation, and depression.

The opioid epidemic is the leading cause of overdose death with over 70,000 Americans dying annually from drug overdoses. Many Americans who become addicted to opioids do so after initially receiving a prescription as a treatment regimen for pain following surgery. We also know that many people use other varied substances in an attempt to control and/or ease their symptoms due to their mental health problems, while others develop mental health problems related to their compulsive drug use. In either case, people suffering from mental health conditions are more likely to be prescribed opioids and develop a dependence on them. 

Make sure that young people in your life don’t have access to any medications in your home. The best way to dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines is through a drug take back program.  Another option to safely dispose of medication may be done at home based on the following video.

Learn More
LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

Rx AWARENESS: 
ADDRESSING SOUTH CAROLINA'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC
VIRTUAL
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
10 am - 11:30 pm
VIRTUAL
Saturday, October 22, 2022
10 am - 11:30 pm

SAFE MEDICATION DISPOSAL

Is your medicine cabinet full of expired prescriptions and medications you no longer use? Your medicine is for you. What is safe for you might be harmful for someone else. 

Make sure that young people in your life do not have access to any medications in your home.   The best way to dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines is through a drug take back program.  Another option to safely dispose of medication may be done at home based on the following video.

Learn More

CLEAN AIR IS FAIR

FACT: 

  • 4 In 10 adults in SC are deprived of the right to breathe clean air in public places

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

  • Clean air protects health
  • Clean air is free of both secondhand smoke and vaping
  • Clean air keeps congregational members and communities healthy
  • Clean air reduces youth exposure to tobacco use

GET INVOLVED:
Clean Air is Fair toolkits are available.  Don’t have yours?
Call Today:  803-401-5307

Learn More

SOUTH CAROLINA TOBACCO QUITLINE

FREE nicotine patches, gum or lozenges are available to eligible South Carolinians who enroll in Quitline services.

OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY / 7 DAYS A WEEK.

SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Free one-on-one coaching (phone or web-based counseling and support) to quit smoking
  • Development of a personalized quit plan
Learn More
Need Further Assistance? Contact Us:
website: www.hotlifeline.org     phone: 803-401-5307
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