Last updated: July 26. 2013 3:59PM - 614 Views
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HENDERSON — For those suffering from some kind of addiction, whether it be drugs or alcohol, it can be difficult at times to find somewhere to go for help, but locals struggling with those kinds of issues will now have another place to turn.

A fairly new group which came together in April of this year known as R.A.S.P., or the Rural Appalachian Sobriety Project, Inc., will be holding NA meetings beginning at 7 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, located at 301 Holloway Street, the old church building located at the corner of Holloway and Chestnut Streets, in Henderson.

Reportedly, R.A.S.P.’s main goal is to be able to provide a space for AA/NA meetings support groups, classes and rehabilitation support for anyone seeking sobriety. Currently the group is offering NA meetings, as listed above.

When those struggling with addiction think of seeking help, some other common issues arise that may make them wary about attending a meeting, which R.A.S.P. will also work to address. Some of those concerns include the following:

  • Many reported that they did not know where to go for help.
  • Many stated that they asked for help, but were denied due to finances or lack of services.
  • Many stated that they were afraid to ask for help, out of fear of being reported to the police or Child Protective Services.
  • Many stated that they were treated differently of felt as though they were discriminated against once it was disclosed they had an addiction.
  • Many felt that they were misunderstood by those who were not familiar with the struggles of addiction.

In addition to providing spaces for AA and NA meetings, it was also reported that R.A.S.P. hopes to establish a peer supported and volunteer drop-in center, which will provide assistance, referral services, coordinated activities, educational and recreational opportunities, and appropriate twelve step programs.

It was also reported that R.A.S.P. was formed for charitable and educational purposes to help provide relief for the poor, distressed, and underprivileged as they seek treatment for their addiction. R.A.S.P. will also work to educate the public about the effects of addiction on individuals, families, and communities in an effort to lessen tensions concerning substance abuse in rural Appalachia.

For more information about R.A.S.P., call 304-857-1195.

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