Conduit to Recovery

2014-04-11T20:00:00Z 2014-04-11T22:20:32Z Conduit to RecoveryHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 11, 2014 8:00 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | For many who seek treatment for substance abuse, the challenge isn’t getting clean, it’s staying clean.

On Friday afternoon, Frontline, a substance abuse treatment provider, held an open house for the new Conduit Recovery Community Center as a way to provide that essential support through creative expression and encouragement from others.

The walls of the facility, located in the back of the main building, featured oil paintings, charcoal sketches and mosaics of clients who have found a way to express themselves through art. The Conduit Recovery Community Center features a studio for this art, along with a stage for music, events, and a coffee house.

“Without this place, I don’t know if I’d be here,” said Nick Criswell, an artist who is 18 months sober.

“I’m ecstatic about this center. It’s a positive place for people in recovery and it’s great to see people doing something nice for us and giving us the tools to express ourselves. They opened up a whole world of artistic emotion for me. Whenever I have the urge to use, I put that into my artwork and this place is like a family for me. There’s a lot of trust here,” he said.

Allen Grecula, director of clinical services says, “Many people do well when plugged into a treatment program, but then afterwards we see the overdoses and arrests, so this center will allow them to grow in their recovery and give them an outlet that’s meaningful. People who are early in their recovery will also see what is possible.

Amber Hicks, executive director and founder of Frontline says that the Conduit Recovery Community Center, says that continuing recovery after treatment is what the center is all about.

“Everyone talks all the time about what is wrong and we know. So here is something good. Here’s what we’re doing. It’s here now, and this is how to make it grow. Our vision is peer to peer support which is enormously important,” said Hicks.

That peer-to-peer support comes through the community, the family of those in recovery.

“This center will be open almost every night of the week with events like music and art and it’s just a place to come and meet others and talk. We have about 145 young men and women who come through here a year and at the rate we’re going we’ll probably be at 200,” said Derek Frazier, development director.

The new Frontline location in Chesterton opened in July and the Conduit Recovery Community Center will officially kick off to those in recovery on Friday, April 25th.

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