Ohio Valley residents are encouraged to see what it’s like for someone struggling with substance abuse to go through the different stages of recovery at the first scheduled ‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ event of 1-4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Sam Shaw Fitness Trail in Moundsville.
Dubbed an interactive outreach event, donations made during the free walk will benefit the Unity Center in Benwood, which provides peer-to-peer support for people recovering from drug addiction.
The walk is sponsored in part by WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital’s BreakThru Service, which “provides medical withdrawal management services to patients who are in the early stages of detoxification from alcohol, opioids and benzodiazepines, specializing in patients with comorbidities.
Kayla Straight, awareness and continuum of care manager at BreakThru, said the walk will use the 1-mile loop and obstacle course of the trail to help raise awareness of the stages a person goes through during recovery. There will also be a less intense class for people to try.
“This interactive journey will take our participants through the stages of the change model, experiencing the stages of precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance that a person goes through during recovery,” he said. she declared.
“Activities will be placed along the trail for participants to overcome, along with information vendors who service each step. We look forward to a family friendly, informative and fun time.
Straight said he was free to participate in the walk, but donations are welcome to benefit the Unity Center. There will also be fundraising games at the end of the course, she said.
“BreakThru and The Unity Center primarily want to use the walk to help raise awareness about addiction recovery and connect friends, family and recovering individuals to resources that can help a person at every stage that a person goes through on their recovery journey,” she said.
BreakThru has operated at Reynolds Memorial Hospital for about seven years. Straight said since 2020, it has helped 375 people.
According to information provided by Straight, BreakThru offers medical withdrawal management services to people who are in the early stages of withdrawal from drugs such as alcohol, opioids and benzodiazepines.
“Using special medical protocols, we effectively and safely stabilize our patients over a period of three to five days, accompanying them through the dangerous period of withdrawal and preparing them to continue their treatment,” according to hospital information. .
“While on our ward, all of our patients have individualized discharge plans developed for them, and staff continue to follow them for at least a year after discharge to ensure success.”
BreakThru accepts commercial health insurance with West Virginia and Ohio Medicaid and Medicare.