MOA adds 32 to recovery coach program!

Thanks to a grant from the Malden Fire and Police Departments and coordination help from Malden Human Services and Community Outreach Director Karen Colón Hayes, Malden Overcoming Addiction has just completed its third CCAR Recovery Coach Academy. These academies have trained a total of 83 area volunteers as recovery coaches. These recovery coaches are available, free of charge, to guide and assist Maldonians who may be experiencing substance use or other addiction issues.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis were on hand at the Malden Senior Center for the academy's graduation to offer words of thanks and encouragement to the 32 newest graduates.

MOA also has the vision to help those with substance use disorder in the vulnerable time after they get out of treatment where many quickly realize that leaving the hospital and returning to their typical way of life, often leads to relapse. Most people new to recovery are overwhelmed as they try to navigate picking up the pieces and putting their lives back together. MOA's concern for people in this vulnerable time after treatment has spurred their vision for opening what they would call The Bridge Recovery Center in Malden. They feel that helping support people in the time after they leave treatment is key in battling this pandemic and they have been working tirelessly to lobby state and local official for support for this center. Follow their progress on their website www.maldenovercomingaddiction.com.