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LivingProof Recovery Expanding Services to Lindale and partnering with Emory University

From Hometown Headlines, October 28, 2019:

Since starting recovery community programs for substance misuse in Rome over three years ago, LivingProof Recovery is now looking to expand its services to meet needs in more rural areas of Floyd County, including Lindale. To help meet this growing need, LivingProof will be partnering with Emory University’s nursing program in 2020 to help integrate more peer-based services.

“Organizations within the city of Rome have been meeting to talk about our designation as a high-intensity drug trafficking area. We have been looking at how to reach everyone with our message of recovery…what barriers are there like education, transportation or childcare … where folks just can’t get to us,” says Claudia Hamilton, executive director of LivingProof.

Substance misuse issues are prevalent all over the community and one of the biggest barriers to peers having access to recovery programs is transportation, says Hamilton.

“Those who are outside of the city limits of Rome where there are no bus routes are cut off from us. We have been looking at how to facilitate programs in rural areas of Rome and Floyd County like Lindale, Armuchee, Coosa and Cave Spring,” she says.

“We’ve decided to start with Lindale. We want to have a Town Hall meeting in Lindale to discuss the need and what we have to offer. A recovery program has to be established through the community, by the peers…that’s how we start, peers start their own groups. The community has to support or it won’t be successful.”

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