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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Supported By New Program
The Imani Breakthrough Recovery Program is assisting persons seeking drug and alcohol treatment.
Dr. Ayana Jordan, who serves as the program's principal investigator and as an assistant professor at Yale University, founded the program with Dr. Chyrell Bellamy of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health.
The program is divided between group classes and wellness coaching. During group sessions, facilitators help participants consider how culture, trauma and spirituality play a part in drug and alcohol treatment and recovery. Weekly topics include relationships, self-care, financial health and stress management.
"We're dealing with the core medical illness of having a substance use disorder and connecting interested folks to medication-assisted treatment," Jordan said.
Additional wrap-around coaching helps individuals reach their addiction recovery goals.
Jordan said participants are receptive to the program.
"People are hungry to share their story," she said. "We tackle issues such as racism, discrimination, lack of self-worth, living in risk environments and a host of issues that are never discussed in traditional systems of care, but are necessary and integral to recovery from addiction."
The program has three additional locations in New Haven, Bridgeport and Waterbury.
Jordan hopes to introduce the program to different states in the near future.