Announcing: A closed online QA recovery group
You can’t address Appalachia without addressing addiction, namely the opioid epidemic. At Queer Appalachia, we try to shed light on the prevalence of this problem in the region and seek to emphasize that nobody— regardless of addiction status— is disposable.
With the disheartening and exponentially increasing rate of opioid abuse in Appalachia, there is nobody in the region who doesn’t play a role. As if being queer in rural regions isn’t isolating and ostracizing enough, the addition of trying to recover only further exacerbates these experiences. The numbers of opioid abuse in Appalachia increase significantly when you looking at folks with queer identities.
We believe in creating the world we want to see, putting actions behind our words, and not waiting on the powers that be to do what needs doing.
No government, no local representative, no court is going to act with the urgency required of this. Though there should be an abundance of options and resources for rural queers in recovery, they aren’t. In a poll of 100 Queer Appalachia followers in recovery, only 4 had sponsors. Some drove up to 8 hours round trip on their one day off to be able to go to a “more accepting meeting”. We learned how traumatizing it can be to go to your first meeting, introduce yourself getting ready to share only to be cut off by the person running the meeting to ask “what your real name is”...” what your momma and daddy named ya”.
There aren’t enough routes for healing for recovering addicts in the region as it is, but finding one that acknowledges non-binary identities, that doesn’t call you by your dead name, and doesn’t center entirely on the power of Jesus Christ to deliver us from our sins— those are practically nonexistent. Often times queers in recovery have a toxic, or nonexistent relationship to their families. If fortunate enough to have insurance, it hardly ever covers treatment in its policy.
Looking at the magnitude of the opioid epidemic and the lack of support offered to such a vulnerable, marginalized, and demonized population available means we must act.
We are excited to announce our plans for a closed online QA recovery group.
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This will be an online meeting space dedicated to validating the hardships of rural recovery along with support and guidance for those who need/want it.
We have already established both a licensed therapist and a licensed social worker as administrators for the group.
We will be looking for other admins, including regional rural queers with five or more years of recovery.