Omar was in a drug court program when I invited him to come to the “open mike” poetry slam at a local coffee house. At first he was shy and just listened to the other poets. One night I saw him writing in a book and he told me he was starting to write poetry himself. The next week he signed up to read a poem he wrote—a love poem about a woman he recently met. “Bridging back into the community. I mean back into, uh, society. Before you guys came most of our socializations were geared to recovery-based stuff. … See you guys come with a whole different twist on it. Coming back into the mainstream of society, what people…common people are doing,” a woman told the coordinator of a social recovery activity.
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GROUP BASED SOCIAL RECOVERY
For schools, churches and social minded organizations.
Schools, churches and social minded organizations can be more inclusive or individuals outside their membership when promoting social activities and reaching out to promote activities in places where individuals with problem substance use might be hanging out. Social activities that are more accepting of outsiders include 5K runs, MudRuns, softball or kickball leagues, book clubs, or slam poetry readings.