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FULTON, NY – Those struggling with mental illness or chemical addition, the Step By Step Wellness Program provides a valuable resource that they may turn to for the support they need. Offered through Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Step by Step Wellness Program’s Mental Illness and Chemical Addiction group is a peer run support group specifically designed to serve people in need of support for mental illness and chemical addiction.
According to coordinator of the Step By Step Wellness Program, Pam Peeling, MICA will focus on helping individuals who are seriously contemplating or beginning to work on their recovery. “The MICA support group will focus on topics such as; the early warning signs, understanding addiction, and relapse prevention. Through education and support we will design an individual wellness plan that will address the mental and emotional issues associated with addiction, help participants with daily living skills, goal planning and overall healthy living. For those in need of a more intense program, we will provide assistance in accessing an outpatient or inpatient program that will suit their unique needs,” said Peeling.
The Step By Step Wellness Program uses a wellness recovery model that provides services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness. Through various programming the program supports clients with their recovery, promotes wellness, and combats the stigma of mental illness. Various program offerings help individuals increase their self-esteem, establish group affiliations, and maintain independence in the community.
Step By Step’s Mental Illness and Chemical Addiction groups will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 – 2 p.m. and will be held at the Step By Step Wellness Program’s site inside of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 365 W. First St. in Fulton.
For more information on the MICA program, contact Sue Van Slyke at 598-3980, ext. 252.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.