PADUCAH, KY – Four Rivers Behavioral Health is continuing its commitment to recovery from substance use disorders with the opening of Turning Point, a recovery community center catering to people who are continuing their fight against substance use disorder.
Turning Point, located at 1620 Kentucky Ave., in Paducah, is part of Four Rivers Behavioral Health’s comprehensive substance abuse services and was established to provide easily accessible help and information to those in recovery.
Shamike Stiles is the director of this new initiative and said, “When you are new to recovery, it’s hard to know where to go for help. It could be as simple as giving someone information about the nearest Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to something more complex like helping them fill out a job application.”
Turning Point is for the entire recovery community but has a special focus for those who are just learning to live a sober life. Recovery is a life-long commitment and many of those new to recovery need support and guidance along the way. Turning Point staff will be constantly reaching out to the Recovery Community and area professionals through speaking engagements, community group meetings and learning events to ensure that those who need a steady hand in recovery know where to turn.
Turning Point is unique in that the program is designed around the concept of Peer Support. Staff at Turning Point have personal experience with substance abuse and can offer guidance and support from a “been there, done that” perspective.
Brandon Fitch, a peer support specialist at Turning Point said, “With peer support staff, we are able to easily connect with the client. We have lived the same experiences they have. When we say, ‘we understand’, we really do.”
One of the guiding principles of Turning Point is to provide the recovery community with what they need by getting their input, versus providing a multitude of services that may seem needed but aren’t.
Some of the areas Turning Point will focus on include, recovery coaching, hosting recovery groups and providing individualized support and follow ups. In addition, the organization will be a strong resource for those in recovery who experience a relapse.
Relapses are often a part of the recovery process and Turning Point will provide coaching, led by Peer Support Specialists, that will focus on identifying and correcting problems for those who find maintaining recovery difficult. An individualized plan of action will be developed with the client and Turning Point staff will provide guidance throughout the refocus process.
The facility at 16thand Kentucky Ave. includes an on-site, multi-station computer lab and staff will be available to assist clients with job applications, resumes, obtaining a GED, online skills development and more.
Turning Point will have day, evening and weekend hours and those times will be regularly adjusted as needs in the recovery community are identified.
Four Rivers Behavioral Health is a private, not-for-profit community mental health agency that for more than 50 years has provided comprehensive mental health, substance abuse and developmental/intellectual disability services to clients in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, McCracken, and Marshall Counties.
For more information about Turning Point, or any of the organization’s other substance abuse services, contact Four Rivers Behavioral Health at 270.442.7121 or visit their website at www.4RBH.org.