Journal Entry: Josue Rivera-05/14/2024

Journal Entry

What a great week of firsts!

This is the second week of the new job as a Community Outreach and Recovery Coach in Holyoke. Although it’s a new collaboration of several agencies, my work responsibilities are yet to be completely defined.

I do outreach directly to people caught in the throws of active addiction. I visit locations where they buy and use.

I visit local organizations and service providers to build a relationship for the purpose of making referrals and learning best practices in the field.

I do post-overdose follow-ups to their homes to ensure they are receiving the services they need to ensure an effective recovery. (Treatment, Medication Assisted Treatment, Outpatient (Methadone, Suboxone), Recovery Coach Services and more)

Although I return home spent, it’s a truly rewarding opportunity. I get to meet people who need addiction treatment services ASAP, literally where they’re at.