Hope Movement Launches You Are Not Alone
[Little Rock, AR June 19, 2023] Last Thursday, Hope Movement officially launched You Are Not Alone, a new program that offers a specialized support system for families who have lost a loved one to overdose. The project is funded with opioid settlement dollars through the Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership.
Losing a loved one to fentanyl poisoning, says James, is a different experience than losing a loved one to disease or a natural disaster. With overdose, there is stigma that isolates families from seeking help. James created You Are Not Alone to bring families out of isolation and into community.
The program offers several key services. Families can enroll in an 8-week grief course tailored to overdose loss, attend a 3-day grief retreat designed around empowerment, and attend monthly support meetings with others who have lost a loved one to overdose.
The program offers key legal and financial services as well, including grandparent assistance for grandparents who will take guardianship of their grandchildren, funeral assistance for those struggling to pay for their loved one’s funeral, assistance in finding a counselor trained in grief and PTSD, and financial support for taking additional time off of work.
Finally, the program follows the state peer modeling, pairing new clients with peers who have gone through the same experience.
See more photos from the event below.