ST. ANTHONY, NL – A new support group is starting up in St. Anthony to help people on their roads to recovery from addiction.
Starting in the New Year, Trevor and Nista Noel will be facilitating a non-profit support group, which will host weekly meetings for individuals who are seeking to recover or are currently recovering from addictions.
They hope they can help provide individuals a sense of belonging through a supportive environment.
“Joining a group like this, where you have people supporting you, can give you a feeling of fellowship,” said Trevor.
The Noels intend on following the 12-step program, which outlines a specific course of action for individuals recovering from addictions.
The group is open to anyone who has an identified dependency, whether it is to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or any other substance or behaviour.
The sessions will provide a non-judgmental, confidential space for individuals, allowing them to listen, discuss and share his or her experiences.
Various topics will be discussed each week, including detailing coping strategies and developing skills.
The Noels also intend on having monthly guest speakers, including health professionals and individuals who can share their success stories in battling mental health issues and addictions.
Nista says the group is not intended to replace professional support but to enhance and supplement a recovery process.
It will also fill a gap, as there are no addiction recovery groups in the area at present.
“I think there is an identified need in this area,” said Nista. “This helps remedy that by providing an alternative, by (providing an opportunity) to support each other in recovery, to have someone to relate to and make people feel they’re not alone.”
The Noels want to develop partnerships within the region to be able to maintain and grow the initiative.
And since they say the group is a community initiative, they want to encourage the community’s involvement.
Currently, they’re hoping for someone to help out by donating a space for them to use to host the meetings.
Nista says it would have to be a place where participants would be able to maintain their privacy, without the public being able to notice when and where they’re meeting.
They hope to be able to advertise their start date and location early in the New Year.
If anyone wants to pre-register (though registration is not required and individuals can just drop in), volunteer or donate space, they can contact the Noels at 454-6062.
The meetings will be open to anyone in the area.