Zoom Issues

Due to some technical issues with the Zoom platform, some attempting to join support groups online are getting the message "the host is currently in another meeting."  We are working to resolve this issue with Zoom as swiftly as possible. 

If you have gotten this message and have been unable to get connected to a group or workshop, please contact our Operations Manager Shelley Turner at shelley@washconami.org or our Peer Support Specialist Julia Johnson at julia@washconami.org  

 
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Peer-based recovery supports are part of an emerging transformation of systems and services addressing substance use disorders. They are essential ingredients in developing a recovery-oriented system in which clinical treatment plays an important, but singular, role. Acute care substance use treatment without other recovery supports has often not been sufficient in helping individuals to maintain long-term recovery. Substance use disorders are currently understood to be chronic conditions that require long-term management, like diabetes. Peer-based recovery support provides a range of person-centered and strength-based supports for long-term recovery management. These supports help people in recovery build recovery capital—the internal and external resources necessary to begin and maintain recovery (Best & Laudet, 2010; Cloud & Granfield, 2008).

 

Recovery Focused Peer Support

THERE IS NO COST TO JOIN ANY GROUP OR WORKSHOP

☆To request a list of Zoom links for every group, please email our Operations Manager Shelly Turner at shelly@washconami.org

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Co-Occurring Support Group

Mental Health and Substance Use

This is a peer-led support group for adults who have mental health challenges and are looking for solutions other than substances. “… People can solve problems [at a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group]. It isn't just a bunch of sad stories; people are coming up with solutions and stuff to do for the next week. One of our group attendees is taking her meds and getting herself to her counselor and is just about able to go back to her career in great part due to Connection.”

This is a support group for those with mental health challenges who have a history of substance use. Open to all regardless of whether they identify as having substance abuse disorder or whether they are seeking complete abstinence from mind-altering substances. 

This group meets Mondays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Click the button below to join this virtual group.

☆To ensure that all groups remain at no cost to join, please fill out a short Demographic Form for this group by clicking the Demographic Form button at the top of the page.

Solutions Group

Finding Achievable Solutions

This is a group that focuses on what is working for our peers already and adds and offers additional skills through sharing experiences. Finding solutions for mental health challenges and isolation together.

Benefits of participating in a support group may include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated, or judged

  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety, or fatigue

  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings

  • Improving skills to cope with challenges

  • Staying motivated to manage chronic conditions or stick to treatment plans

  • Gaining a sense of empowerment, control, or hope

  • Improving understanding of a disease and your own experience with it

  • Getting practical feedback about possible treatment options

  • Learning about health, economic or social resources

This group meets Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Click the button below to join this virtual group.

☆To ensure that all groups remain at no cost to join, please fill out a short Demographic Form for this group by clicking the Demographic Form button at the top of the page.

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PeerZone Worshop

In Partnership with MHAAO, NAMI Washington County is pleased to offer PeerZone.
PeerZone Workshops are a series of peer-led workshops for people who experience mental distress and addiction. The workshops provide a fun, interactive and safe structure for participants to share their experiences, learn self-management and expand their horizons.

Lived expertise


There are two types of expertise in this world. One type comes from theories and observation that lead to methods for solving other people’s problems. The other type comes from lived experience and reflection that leads to methods to solve our own problems.

Using our expertise to benefit others


PeerZone combines these two types of expertise. We used our lived experience to lead our own recoveries; now we’re adding the evidence from stories, formal research and evaluation to create programs and consultancy for the benefit of others.

This group meets on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Click the button below to join this virtual workshop.

☆To ensure that all groups and workshops remain at no cost to join, please fill out a short Demographic Form for PeerZone workshops by clicking the Demographic Form button at the top of the page.

PeerZone Website

 

​We are currently offering most support groups virtually through Zoom. If you have any questions or problems connecting to a group; please email our Operations Manager Shelly Turner at shelly@washconami.org