PNH Partners with Coweta FORCE to provide Counseling, Support Services

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Piedmont Newnan Hospital has entered into a partnership with Coweta FORCE to provide counseling and support services to patients seeking assistance with substance misuse.

“At Piedmont, it is our mission to make a positive difference in every life we touch, and having this resource available to our patients is another way we are able to positively impact the communities we serve,” said Vicki Kaiser, COO at Piedmont Newnan.

Coweta FORCE (Friends of Recovery for Community Empowerment) exists to provide recovery support services in the community for individuals and family members impacted by addiction. A Recovery Community Organization, Coweta FORCE is an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by people in recovery focused on education and training, recovery support, and advocacy.

“Coweta FORCE was established five years ago here in Coweta as a resource for those battling substance misuse, and has grown to provide more resources thanks to the support of the community,” said Hank Arnold, founder and Executive Director of Coweta FORCE. “We envision a community that embraces recovery so that everyone has the opportunity to experience freedom from addiction.”

This partnership formalizes the referral process and adds dedicated peer counselors available on-call, currently from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, who will respond to a request within one hour during those times, thanks to funding from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the City of Newnan Opioid Settlement Funds.

If a patient visits Piedmont Newnan’s emergency department for medical care related to substance misuse and would like assistance, the hospital will contact Coweta FORCE, who will then send a peer counselor to speak with the patient. These peer counselors have first-hand knowledge with substance misuse and are trained to connect those seeking help with resources for immediate and long-term recovery from addiction.

“We are pleased to formally establish this relationship with Coweta FORCE to better serve the growing number of patients in the communities we serve who are battling addiction,” said Kaiser. “Hank and his team are a wonderful resource to have here locally for those that want to end their battle with substance misuse.”

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