In an effort that combines many of our HEART Objectives, Tim Keady (a member of the Team) was invited to pilot a 16-week curriculum targeting patients at Clear Recovery of Cache Valley in treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The patients in the progressive and supportive local SUD Treatment Facility with the motto of "bringing families together" have been provided with a weekly one-hour session for a variety of education experiences and harm reduction training.
The curriculum has provided educational experiences that includes: A Food $ense Programming Series, Gardening, Growing Micro-greens, an Employment Assistance Training and Education, Maintaining Good Health During Treatment, Opioids and other Drugs, Current Advances in Treatment, Stress and Relaxation, Drug Court, Medication Assisted Treatment, and Substance Use Disorder Bias and Stigma Education. The curriculum has successfully completed 1.5 cycles with ongoing evaluation.
What began as an effort to save lives by bringing Narcan training to Clear Recovery clients, their friends and families has evolved into a weekly pilot program introducing a variety of educational activities and experiences. The response has been exactly what was hoped, very positive with clients and presenters asking for the programs to continue. Jay and Lauren Hymas (Owners), Melanie Rust (Clinical Director) and their staff have graciously provided their support to our program. The client's participation has also been very enthusiastic.
The fact that they look at those who come into their treatment facility as friends and not as clients provides a clue as to why they are having success with their programs. It is not difficult to imagine that Clear Recovery of Cache Valley may become a model for Substance Use Disorder programs across the state of Utah and possibly across the United States. With thousands dying of Substance Use Disorders, Clear Recovery is a bright example of the possibility of incorporating USU Extension and community members to actively support the educational treatment model of people with substance use disorders with the goal of "bringing families together."