By: Cedar Point Recovery 05 May 2016

Someone who has had a transformational experience and is now committed to living a sober life, is likely to be caught up with things they need. An available therapeutic resource, however, for many addicts attempting to enrich their lives, is to volunteering their time and attention to those in need. Apart from the inherent rewards reaped by helpers, volunteering can equip them with the required skills needed in navigating, effectively, their own recovery. Volunteering, in the recovery center, as well as within the community, is actually a long established tradition.

In a breakthrough 2014 research finding from Kazan Federal University in Russia regarding volunteer work and preventing the use of psychoactive drugs, the researchers outlined numerous, significant facts on how to effectively lessen the use of drugs among youths worldwide. Furthermore, this study examined a volunteer community started by the Elabuga State Pedagogical Institute and a partnership of psychologists and other governmental official concerning the latest reports of drugs abuse, as well as addiction that have been ongoing in spite of program on awareness and prevention in schools, universities and media.

A set of steps were laid out by the community activist to accomplish their objectives, which includes clarifying the primary social problems and priorities, holding training schools to educate new volunteers and then leading similar group meetings with teenagers. 
By implementing a program that enlightens and centers on accessibility, socialization and the interests of the teenagers, the results of the study showed that 85.7% of those who participated said that the sessions generated interest, 21 % of the group learned new ways of communicating and 92% of the teenagers wanted to connect again and continue a mutually-beneficial, supportive relationship.

Izaak L. Williams, an addiction counselor, adds proof to those recent findings with research on how volunteering is a wonderful way to support one’s recovery from addiction. He points out that voluntary work can strengthen a former addict’s resume, social skills and emotional stability to start to feel self-worth again. In fact, former addicts will realize that they matter to people who needs them, and that can be a powerful agent for making more positive changes in their life. As a result, helping others is two way therapeutic street. One of the best and most popular examples of unselfishness in the sober community is the formulation of the Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 step. This program is made up of former substance abusers and current users as a method of recovery from alcoholism.

The most well-known charities in California

Helping others who are recovering from substance addiction can be an alternative for those who are not able to offer hands on assistance. In California, you may find numerous nonprofit organizations and charities that are dedicated to providing the resources needed by the underserved populace. These different foundations spark hope for the future of addiction treatment and funding for rehabilitation, while others are focusing on various aspects such as awareness and policy changes.

An organization designed to improve the programs that have not been effective in the past is the Natural High program. The offered programs at this organization encourage people to pursue their own natural high that will result in them overcoming the desire to take drugs. The programs do this instead of focusing on the limited responses to social or peer pressure.

Angels at Risk is a nonprofit organization from Los Angeles that brings tens of thousands of teenagers and their families annually on their mission to address the issue of drug abuse and alcohol use. They use the powerful potential of storytelling and communication as their focus and provide school-based sessions as well as educational sessions for sources of support for young persons and adults around the city. A part of the monies collected is geared towards scholarships that will increase the possibility for teenagers and families to get outside counseling.

The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness, is another charity in Los Angeles that seeks to increase drug and alcohol addiction awareness nationally. They have given over 2 million Save a Life cards across the country. They also have a variety of initiatives that educate students on sober activities as well. The monetary donations received are used to market the original drug prevention Public Service Announcements (PSAs) plus other informational resources that will help in the process of education children of the dangers of addictive substances.

Founded in March 2006, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit organization that takes on a wide scope of mental health subjects. These subjects range from addictive issues, abusive relations coupled with drug and alcohol abuse and mood disorders to self-arm and suicidal ideation issues. This charity has been able to raise millions of dollars through donations for other organizations that are geared towards saving lives globally. They have partnered with universities. Social networks and even music festivals. They have locations in Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange County, and this level of involvement works to produce existing strengths with expert health care.

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