Compassionate Addiction Treatment is actively working on maintaining a safe and healthy space for our unhoused clients. We are currently limiting capacity within our center in order to maintain social distancing recommendations. Each person is greeted at the door and screened for fever and oxygen level so that we can support clients in accessing care as needed. Masks are provided and each person entering the building washes their hands for 20 seconds upon entry and is requested to do this throughout the day. We clean all commonly touched surfaces with a disinfectant every two hours. Our staff is participating in state DBHR phone calls for updated information and recommendations. We ask our Spokane community to help support us in our work. Our current needs are face masks, liquid hand soap, toilet paper, disposable coffee cups/bowls, snacks and food (fresh fruit, cup of noodles, easy to serve snacks) for our unhoused clients.
A Safe Space
We come together each weekday in our welcoming, Recovery Community space. We spend our days celebrating recovery, healing together, talking, making music, enjoying a cup of coffee, and getting down into the messy spaces of life.
We welcome all in recovery or thinking about recovery. Our Recovery Community is diverse, with many of us currently experiencing homelessness. We are a safe space. We are a compassionate space.
"The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection." ~Johann Hari
Community is the heart of Compassionate Addiction Treatment (CAT). CAT believes that community and connection is key to recovery. We believe that people living with the disease of addiction are faced with pain every day. Pain from not having the drug and experiencing withdrawals, pain due to the activities done to acquire the drug, pain from the reaction and responses towards them from family and community, pain from trauma that may have occurred earlier in life and at minimal, trauma that has occurred while in active use of substances. Due to this pain, relationships with family, friends and community has been fractured. A person finds themselves often feeling hopeless and disconnected.
We come together to heal this pain and reconnect with hope, and with each other; to reconnect with our dreams and aspirations. To believe in ourselves. To have the opportunity to live the life we choose to live, rather than the life trauma and addiction dictates that we live. We do recover.
Our Living Room
Empathy We take time to be with each other in our feelings and experiences, supporting each other with compassion.
We embrace and value the diversity of our community members. All are welcome here.
We care about the well-being of our community. We are considerate of the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of others.
Our space welcomes vulnerability and meets it with compassion, empathy, inclusivity and respect.
"Addiction sucks and we all need encouraging positive people to help us over come addiction. And these people are some of the best people that have entered OUR lives." ~ Alyssa
"Just talking with my counselors over the phone is amazing. the fact they never closed even during the COVID19 they are very welcoming and very understanding and actually listen to what's going on in my life." ~ Ebbinee
"CAT is unlike any place I have been for my drug addiction of 18 years. They are a community of people that care. They are patient and compassionate when helping people understand why it's important to keep trying. CAT is one of the main reasons I am alive and clean today" ~ Dawn