Author Topic: Help finding a withdrawal coach  (Read 420 times)

[Buddie]

Re: Help finding a withdrawal coach
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2022, 04:11:37 pm »
I was considering it as well, but had pictured it as a smaller group with everyone on the screen and able to share with each other.  I think I just want to hear more from people like us in real time, so it sounds like this doesn't do that except for the messaging feature, which you can pm ppl here. 
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[Buddie]

Re: Help finding a withdrawal coach
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2022, 12:36:15 am »
Some states in the US have peer support programs, mine does, and I have a regular peer and a telehealth peer. The telehealth peer has a lot of experience, was being used as a backup when I did not have access to my regular peer, but now has been assigned to provide me with weekly telehealth sessions in addition to my regular peer. My insurance pays for it, no cost to me, and the telehealth peer has been great. She has been coaching me through the process, answers questions, is aware I have autism and how it impacts my w/d, and is such a positive person all around. A social worker that overseas programs such as the peer support, is also assigned to me, and gets me services I need. I also have a direct care worker who helps with housekeeping and socialization. Different US states have different programs. Two large mental health/behavioral health/addiction help agencies train and provide the peers. Another smaller agency provides the dcw to those needing one. Having these have helped. 
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[Buddie]

Re: Help finding a withdrawal coach
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2022, 01:39:42 am »
Helen,

yes, you can totally pay for only one month at a time for the group. I enjoyed my private sessions with her, too.

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That sounds like an amazing resource.

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[Buddie]

Re: Help finding a withdrawal coach
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2022, 01:45:07 pm »
I was considering it as well, but had pictured it as a smaller group with everyone on the screen and able to share with each other.  I think I just want to hear more from people like us in real time, so it sounds like this doesn't do that except for the messaging feature, which you can pm ppl here. 

The BenzoWarrior group on FB has Zoom meetings three times a week, if you're looking for general benzo support and getting to hear from other people. They have a structured time for an hour and 30 minutes for everyone to visit. It doesn't currently fit well into my schedule, but it may fit into yours.
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[Buddie]

Re: Help finding a withdrawal coach
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2022, 12:52:54 pm »
Thank you all.  My daughter is attending Jennifer Leigh’s group session.  She is very knowledgeable and positive.  Lately, she is taking about gardening and spirituality quit a bit. I think some people have dropped out because of it. 

I would like to know more about finding peer support.  We are in Massachusetts but telehealth is fine.  Does anyone have a recommendation?
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[Buddie]

Re: Help finding a withdrawal coach
« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2022, 12:27:56 am »
Thank you all.  My daughter is attending Jennifer Leigh’s group session.  She is very knowledgeable and positive.  Lately, she is taking about gardening and spirituality quit a bit. I think some people have dropped out because of it. 

I would like to know more about finding peer support.  We are in Massachusetts but telehealth is fine.  Does anyone have a recommendation?

Talk to a hospital social worker, state dept. of mental health, or your local social services dept. I was initially set up through a hospital social worker. My peer that does telehealth, is in a different county, which is why it's telehealth. Usually you have the peer visit you. An exception was made by the agency providing peers for the state, to have the telehealth peer due to her extensive knowledge and experience with benzo w/d. Not a lot of peers with this experience. Not all states offer this type of program, so YMMV.
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