Prevention Coalition Provides Information
The Tyler County Prevention Coalition held a regular meeting recently, and members heard from Wayne Worth of the Neighbors in Action program. Worth provided information about substance abuse treatment, including flyers with information such as the number for the West Virginia Help Line at 1-844-435-7498, as well as schedule listings for local programs such as Celebrate Recovery, Narcotics Anonymous and AA meetings.
Worth added that people wanting help can be administered into a rehabilitation facility in approximately 4-6 hours, and those with Medicaid can even be given transportation to begin receiving treatment. Worth noted statistics show that a person will relapse an average of 5-6 times before becoming solely committed to receiving help.
Worth feels that by going door to door, a person can reach family members of addicts who are unaware of available treatment options; he hopes family members can get the addict to face the harsh reality of their addiction, so they will seek treatment.
Therefore, Worth and some members of the Tyler County Prevention Coalition took to the streets, going door to door and handing out flyers with abuse treatment services information.
The coalition also discussed the planning of the Movie Night the coalition hosted at the Ferryboat Festival. The coalition would like to thank Sistersville Park and Pool for the use of the picnic shelter, lemonade mix and backup popcorn; the Friendly Lions Club for providing bug spray, canopies, and coolers for drinks; the Family Resource Network for providing hot dog sauce and eating utensils; and the Calvary Apostolic Church for providing chips, bottled water, lunch cakes and little hug drinks. There will be another Movie Night held on Aug. 17, and the coalition will be showing “The Princess Bride.” The coalition also has a free swim day scheduled for Aug. 25 at Sistersville’s Pool. DJ Carmen Harman will be providing musical entertainment. Anyone wanting to help out or support the free swim may contact Dean Hirschi at 304-485-1721.The Tyler County Prevention Coalition will also be stationed at the Back to School Fair held on Aug. 6 at Sistersville Elementary School. The coalition will be providing pens and pencils for students returning to school. The coalition also discussed the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America, which will be holding classes on building a more effective coalition. The classes will be offered on Sept. 10 at Camp Dawson in Preston County, and the classes will be covered over a three-day period. Westbrook Health Services has paid for eligibility, so costs are covered except travel costs. Also, only coalition members are allowed to attend the classes.
For more information about the Tyler County Prevention Coalition, or to get involved and be part of the solution of recovery, visit the “Tyler County Prevention Coalition” Facebook page.