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Overcoming addiction

Collin Smith

Substance abuse services

• Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 888-333-9649

Address: 50 S. Ranney St.

Open meeting schedule:

– Tuesday: 8 p.m.

– Wednesday: noon (women only)

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– Thursday: 8 p.m.

– Saturday: 8 p.m.

– Sunday: 1 p.m.

• Celebrate Recovery

Phone: 824-5926

Address: The Journey at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St.

Open meeting schedule:

– Friday: 7 p.m.

• Craig Mental Health

Phone: 824-6541

Address: 439 Breeze St.

• Moffat County Young Life

Phone: 629-9600

Address: 476 Russell St. for meetings, 466 Yampa Ave. during the day

Open meeting schedule:

– Monday: 8 p.m. (high school club)

– Tuesday: 7 p.m. (middle school club)

– Sunday: 7 p.m.

Colorado QuitLine

The Colorado QuitLine is a toll-free telephone service that offers coaching and other support to English- and Spanish-speaking Colorado residents trying to quit smoking. QuitLine coaches are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To reach the QuitLine, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or 1-800-7848-669, or visit the Web site at http://www.coquitline.or…

Addiction is a lonely thing, said Tom Cramer, a healing methamphetamine addict.

“I was losing my kids, going to jail,” he said. “For me, when I was doing meth, it was almost like I didn’t have a family.”

People don’t have to suffer alone, though, Cramer said. There are people and organizations that will help them, whether with substance abuse – such as alcohol and drugs – or anything else.

For Cramer, Celebrate Recovery has meant a lot.

The program is Christian-based and is run through The Journey at First Baptist Church at 1150 W. Ninth St. Cramer said it’s given him a place to come clean with himself and others, as well as given him something of a salvation because of the people he’s met.

The partnership between people to help one another is one of the most important parts of recovery, Cramer said.

“Most people have learned they can overcome their addictions on their own,” he said. “That’s when we get out of denial. What we can’t do, God can, and he does through other people.”

For more information about Celebrate Recovery, call First Baptist Church at 824-5926.

Craig Mental Health Center, at 439 Breeze St., also offers various substance abuse programs organized by a certified addictions counselor.

Tracey Lathrop, a level 3 counselor, conducts different programs based on people’s needs. Known as the Enhanced Outpatient Program, clients can seek individual or group counseling.

Lathrop also offers a women’s recovery group.

For more information about Craig Mental Health and available services, call the office at 824-6541.

Alcoholics Anonymous offers group support for those who want to stop drinking. A local group in Craig offers meetings throughout the week at 50 S. Ranney St.

Those who would like to seek help from a local member can call the AA office in Grand Junction at 888-333-9649. Officials there will connect people with someone local.

Moffat County Young Life, a Christian organization, is available for any child or teenager who wants to talk to someone, Area Director David Pressgrove said. They don’t need to be ashamed of their struggles, he added.

“I hope that we make it known that we’re there to walk beside them if they struggle with something,” Pressgrove said. “I think a lot of the time, with high school students, substance abuse comes from kids thinking that’s the only thing they have. That doesn’t have to be the case.”

For more information about Young Life, call Pressgrove at 629-9600.

Substance abuse services

• Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 888-333-9649

Address: 50 S. Ranney St.

Open meeting schedule:

– Tuesday: 8 p.m.

– Wednesday: noon (women only)

– Thursday: 8 p.m.

– Saturday: 8 p.m.

– Sunday: 1 p.m.

• Celebrate Recovery

Phone: 824-5926

Address: The Journey at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St.

Open meeting schedule:

– Friday: 7 p.m.

• Craig Mental Health

Phone: 824-6541

Address: 439 Breeze St.

• Moffat County Young Life

Phone: 629-9600

Address: 476 Russell St. for meetings, 466 Yampa Ave. during the day

Open meeting schedule:

– Monday: 8 p.m. (high school club)

– Tuesday: 7 p.m. (middle school club)

– Sunday: 7 p.m.

Colorado QuitLine

The Colorado QuitLine is a toll-free telephone service that offers coaching and other support to English- and Spanish-speaking Colorado residents trying to quit smoking. QuitLine coaches are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To reach the QuitLine, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or 1-800-7848-669, or visit the Web site at http://www.coquitline.or…