Recovery workshop planned

The membership of the 1907 Club, which serves individuals and families who are recovering from substance use disorders, invites the public to participate in a workshop: Building a Recovery Community.

John Shinholser, co-founder and president of the award-winning Mc- Shin Foundation, a Recovery Community Organization (RCO), will lead the free, two-day event on the evening of Friday, Jan. 22 and all day Saturday, Jan. 23, at the 1907 Club, 2908 N. 21st St., Sheboygan.

“Today, Sheboygan is not able to respond adequately to the substance abuse epidemic, especially of opioid painkillers and heroin. It’s going to be an opportunity for the community to learn about how addiction to substances occurs and offer suggestions about how we can build a recovery community for the Sheboygan area”, said Stan Kaymen, event organizer and 1907 Club President.

The two-day event will be a true workshop, Kaymen said. “We’ll be relying heavily on public input to create everything from the recovery community’s vision, to its plans for sustainability and funding. We want to involve everyone who is touched by this issue in our community. We especially are looking for people in recovery from drugs or alcohol to attend, no matter how long their sobriety is. We want their ideas, their needs, and their experiences so we can make this project a success.”

Kaymen has invited Shinholser to lead the workshop and share his experience in founding an RCO. Shinholser’s story and those of people recovering from substance use disorders, volunteers, leaders, celebrities and others are featured in the 2014 documentary "The Anonymous People." Shinholser will host a showing of the 88-minute film on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and lead a discussion of the film thereafter. The community workshop will continue on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Participants should register for the event online at tinyurl.com/RecoveryCommInvite.

Substance use disorders affect us all, not just the user. According to a 2014 Wisconsin Department of Health Services report, Wisconsin tops the nation’s rankings for alcohol use, binge drinking, and drinking and driving. Drugrelated deaths have nearly doubled since 2004. In particular, Heroin deaths have risen sharply from 5 percent of drug-related deaths in 2006 to 33 percent in 2014. In 2013, more Wisconsinites died from drug overdose than from car accidents, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

“Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by substance use disorders,” Kaymen said. “We need to come together as a community, share our stories, and lend our voices in support of individuals and families in recovery. This workshop is the first step to creating a recovery community organization that is tailored to the needs of Sheboygan-area residents.”

The 1907 Club is a 501c3 organization that has been supporting the recovery of Sheboygan-area residents with substance use disorders for over 50 years. In 2016 club leaders are launching an effort to broaden the club’s mission by establishing a Recovery Community Organization (RCO). This RCO will provide peer support and other services to those with substance use disorders and their families. For more information about the 1907 Club, visit its Facebook page at 1907 Club Inc., the club’s website at 1907club.org, or contact president Stan Kaymen at (920) 226-1415, Stanley. Kaymen@att.net.


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