The Opening the Word Recovery Center offers a multi-faceted approach to recovery, as no two individuals will follow the same path. We also know that with the right kind of help, everyone is capable of healing. Wherever possible we invite your family and loved ones to join us on your journey back to good habits and health. All services are entirely voluntary and free. Contact us to change your life for the better.
Workouts at FitForYou Studio
Rachel Adams, personal trainer and owner of FitForYou Studio at 1020 Riverside Drive in North Grosvenordale, CT (about 10 minutes from our Center) offers free group sessions for all levels of fitness. Physical fitness is a key component to recovery. In addition to putting your body in a healthier state, activity releases natural endorphins in the brain to help you feel happier and more content. If you’re interested in free group sessions, please call Rachel at 860-207-2007.
Y12SR - Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm
The Yoga of 12 Step Recovery, Y12SR, is an innovative addiction relapse prevention program that integrates the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12 Step recovery programs. Guided by its theme, "The Issues Live in the Tissues," Y12SR meetings are offered throughout the US and abroad and is quickly becoming a feature of addiction recovery centers. Y12SR is a meeting and a yoga practice. The time is divided between a 12 Step-like sharing circle, a yoga asana (movement), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation session where we "take it to the mats." The yoga asana practice offered is designed to be accessible to all bodies and levels of yoga experience. It is open to all persons who suffer with substance use disorder as well as to those who love them. It is offered as an adjunct--not a replacement--to regular addiction recovery work. The principles of safety and anonymity are upheld by Y12SR.
Music in Recovery
Music in Recovery - Saturdays 7:00pm-8:30pm
People connect music with certain times, events, or people in their lives which can trigger both positive and negative emotions. Music can also help us to express our thoughts and feelings when we are not able to do so in our own words. At each Music Therapy session, with the guidance of John Wayne Cormier, participants share one song that was meaningful to or representative of their addiction, and one that is meaningful to or representative of their recovery. The songs can either be sung by the participant or played from the Internet. Participants who play an instrument are invited to bring it for accompaniment. The sharing of the songs is followed by an opportunity to explain their meaning or representation. Everyone is invited: both those in recovery and those who love them.
Recovery Art - Fridays 6:00pm-7:00pm
For anyone who would like to learn to express their thoughts and feelings using art, Megan Whittles is a wonderful young artist who is donating her time to helping our members do just that. Megan leads a different art project each week that will lend itself to your most creative self. You don't need to be an artist to participate, and THERE IS NO COST to attend. We also provide all the materials and art supplies. All you need to do is show up and have fun. Come and experience a new way to tell the world who you are!
Men's Back to Basics Meeting - Fridays 10:00am-11:00am
Peer support is more than just help from others. Multiple different sessions, including the Loved Ones Support Group, provide mental, emotional, and spiritual guidance for all. Recovery is a process that everyone must go through including your closest friends and family, and there is no better way to help each other through tough times than by sharing struggles as well as successes.
Peer Recovery Coaching - By Appointment
Need to talk with someone about your recovery or that of a loved one? The best support comes from those that have fought through adversity and won. Call Pastor Janice (PJ) at 508-330-8073. She can meet with you in person or by phone, and/or arrange for you to speak with a peer recovery coach. Never hesitate to reach out!
Narcan Distribution Site
We are pleased to announce that Opening the Word Peer Recovery Center, Inc. is now a secondary distribution site for Narcan (naloxone) for Aids Project Worcester.
What this means is that individuals can visit the Center during open hours and receive a Narcan kit (2 doses) at no cost. No prescription is needed. The only information we require is the individual's first and last initial. This is so that we can keep an inventory of the use of this life-saving medication.
We do not provide formal training regarding the use of Narcan when it is dispensed, but that information is provided on the packaging. Narcan training sessions are held periodically at the Center. Please visit this website and/or our Facebook page for details regarding the next training session offering.
Sober Hikes - Tuesdays 5:00pm-6:30pm
(Temporarily on Hiatus)
Led by Webster's very own outdoor enthusiast, CrossFit trainer, physical fitness guru, and Chief of Police, Michael Shaw, multiple outdoor sober activities are available to all willing participants. Reflect in nature with peers, family, and friends. This is all, while getting a workout! The activities, dates, times, and locations will vary, of course, so it's best to check our Facebook page for details.