CO program “Living Beyond Sobriety” helps youth and adults struggling with substance abuse
‘You are not alone, ”said Mike Newell, creator of the program..
REDMOND, Ore (KTVZ) – Oregon ranking very high for drug and alcohol addiction, two Redmond residents have decided to be part of the solution and help those struggling with drug addiction.
“Living Beyond Sober” is an addiction recovery program designed to help struggling youth and adults in central Oregon through fitness, education and empowerment.
The creators of the program, Mike Newell and Sarah Vincent, are both recovered addicts.
Vincent says she is a former cocaine addict and has been sober for 31 years. She has spent the past 28 years counseling young people throughout recovery. Newell says he has struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. Next month he will celebrate his second sobriety anniversary.
“As a recovering drug addict, I’ve noticed that, you know, since Covid and everything in between hit, there are so few options for everyone in this community,” Newell said. Whether it’s at the juvenile level, at the adult level – we have all these people with a problem, and we have nowhere to send them, nowhere to put them and nowhere to get the help they can get. need.
Vincent points out that many recovery models focus on the past and what you did wrong, rather than the future. This will not be the case for them.
“He’s a holistic fitness model,” said Vincent. “We’re going to focus on part of the Beyond Sober program, different modules, we’re going to have different speakers.
“We’re going to help people with resumes, job interviews, mock interviews. It’s about helping people become the best versions of themselves,” said Vincent.
Newell said they chose to focus on fitness because many addicts have a lot of negative and stored energy, and it’s a healthy way to exercise those emotions.
The program has an event every Thursday in Redmond at CrossFit Magnify from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The organizers are also partnering with others in the community to deliver the program in Prineville, and another in less than a month in Bend.
Newell also offered a booster for those struggling with addiction.
“You’re not alone.” he said. “I have been in this place of despair and loneliness, where you think the whole world is against you. In the end, that’s not true.”
You can contact the creators of the program by phone at 541-316-5936 or by email at [email protected]