Substance Use Disorder – Treatment Options Expand

Let go let God

“Access expanded for medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder.”

CNN circulates the news that the Administration is taking steps to expand treatment and options for Addicts. Buprenophine use expanded in opioid detox. The drug acts on the receptor targets of heroin and morphine but does not produce the same high or dangerous side effects, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

HHS estimated that 2.2 million Americans met the criteria for opioid addiction, and about a million of those received medication-assisted treatment, according to Dr. Christopher Jones, director of the Division of Science Policy in the Office of the agency’s assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. Of that million, about 60% to 65% received buprenorphine, and the remainder received methadone.

View original post

In exactly one month..

Hello my friends,

What’s in one month, on January 16th? The first CRI Quarterly of the new year, that’s what!

Make sure it’s on your calendar, Saturday, January 16th, 2016. We will be meeting at the SW Bible Church, 14605 SW Weir Road, Beaverton, OR 97007 from 10am to 2pm; there will be a light lunch served at noon. This is a great opportunity for anyone to learn all about the CRI programs & people from around Oregon, newcomers are most welcome. Because it’s the first Quarterly for 2016, it will be very important for all current volunteers to be in attendance, we will be setting new goals, addressing some significant improvements to this ministry, & of course, hearing from everyone whats on their heart & mind.

An agenda will be sent out closer to the date but, I’ve attached a flyer which I’m encouraging you to print copies of (or email to someone at your CR who can make copies) & see to it that these copies are placed on the literature table. Ask your ministry leader to show the flyer & announce the Quarterly, inviting all to attend, during the large group announcements.

Thank you all in advance for helping get the word out & I hope you all have a very safe & merry Christmas!
In Christ,

Kent Whitaker
Oregon CRI Rep

CRI NW Team-Lead

CRI Quarterly, 1/16/2016
SW Bible, Beaverton, OR

CR OneDay Seminar:
Sacramento, CA 1/30/2016
Phoenix, AZ 2/20/2016
Austin, TX 2/27/2016
Atlanta, GA 3/12/2016
Seattle, WA 3/19/2016

CR Inside OneDay Seminar:

East Coast CR Summit 7/13-15/2016
West Coast CR Summit 8/10-12/2016

Event Registration, Tools & Group Finder:

CR Inside Information & Group Finder:

CRI Redmond Round-Up Follow-Up

On Saturday, 11/14/15, a great group of men & women met at the Redmond Assembly of God Church to discuss the various aspects of the CR Inside (CRI) ministry. CRI today has 3 main focuses, none of which is more important than the other, but each having their own significant place in the outreach into the ‘criminally identified’ community. (1) CRI is focused on bringing the CR program into the city/county jails, where we can reach many during their short time stay. (2) CRI is focused on bringing the CR program into the state/federal prisons, where a more long term involvement can be had including step studies. (3) CRI is focused on bringing the jail or prison inmate & their family into our community CR’s once they are released from their incarceration, and in preparing those at the community CR members to better serve the re-entering man or woman as accountability partners & mentors.

The exciting news coming away from the meeting: we now have several who are interested in beginning the effort to start up a CR at the Deschutes County Jail! For the women the contact person is Chandra Bily, 503-686-3362, if you have an interest in knowing more about this team please give her a call. For the men’s team the contact person is Paul Webb, (541) 735-5697 or, Kent Whitaker, 503-789-3756. I’ll be traveling back over to Bend in the next couple of weeks to meet with the deputies overseeing the volunteer programs at the jail. My goal is to find out what their requirements are, answer their questions on what to expect from the CR program & volunteers, & get their approval for us bringing both a men’s & women’s CR team inside once a week. Until I meet with the jail administration & get the go-ahead, we won’t know the available time slots, but so that we’re ready with qualified volunteers we’re starting to form the teams now. From the CRI side we require that a volunteer is a regular attendee of a community CR & has their Ministry Leaders approval to serve in this way. Also, the volunteer must have a minimum of one years continuous sobriety in their area of recovery & have either completed or are currently in a step study. Each volunteer must agree to the CRI Program Proposal & Commitment in writing as well.

Additionally, Scott Patterson, Ministry Leader for the DRCI CR & HGO Regional Chaplain, covered all of the great things he is involved with locally assisting the re-entering man or woman. He urged those interested to contact him for visiting the DRCI CR & if possible sharing their testimony. He also is very interested in putting a group together interested in having a HGO Mentor Training session; HGO stands for the ODOC’s Home for Good in Oregon re-entry program which pairs up interested inmates with a certified mentor in the community of their release. We are very interested in having many CR members take this training, it prepares those in the community CR’s for properly assisting formerly incarcerated individuals up to & including mentoring them. Contact Scott directly for either of these great opportunities to serve, 541-848-8419.

I love Central Oregon, the air is clean & the CR groups are passionate about recovery through Jesus Christ, the One & Only Higher Power!

Kent Whitaker, Oregon CRI Rep, NW CRI Team-Lead