Who We Are:
Begin Anew is a non-profit organization in Minnesota. Our recovery community benefits from using technology to maximize the potential of connecting.
We believe that Connection is the Opposite of Addiction. We engage within the community, building awareness and educating the public about the challenges facing people with substance use disorder and their families. Support for families of individuals in recovery is severely lacking and something we specifically focus on improving with this enhanced recovery model.
Substance use disorder (SUD) remains one of the most persistent public health challenges across the nation and in Minnesota. In 2021, nearly 1,300 Minnesotans died of a drug overdose, making this the leading cause of injury deaths in the state. One intervention to help people with SUD is peer recovery services (PRS). PRS is a form on non-clinical support where trained individuals who are more established in recovery come alongside people currently in the recovery journey and provide guidance in the process, help in accessing resources, and offer a lived experience ear. In combination with other services in the continuum of care, PRS seeks to reduce harm from use.
In Minnesota, the addiction and recovery arena presently reflect:
40% increase in overdose deaths in the metro area in 2020 over 2019.
27% increase in overdose deaths statewide.
57% increase in overdose deaths among 25–34-year old's.
59% increase in opioid overdose deaths, including an 81% increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids.
A new support model is urgently needed to combat these rising statistics. You Are Not Alone! Begin Anew is a Recovery Community Organization (RCO) staffed by state certified peer recovery specialists who provide reliable, sustainable support to people in recovery, especially after they have left medical care.
Addiction is an illness of social isolation. People in recovery are at greater risk of relapse and overdose death during the 18-24 months following their completion of treatment. Compounding this risk is the current lack of organizational ability and capacity to implement sustainable resources upon leaving treatment. Moreover, it is crucial to engage with the people in recovery in real-time during this period to help maintain and fortify your recovery. Addiction is an illness of social isolation and has dramatically worsened as the result of forced social isolation. During the pandemic in 2020 alone, overdose deaths and alcohol-related deaths skyrocketed in Minnesota, claiming more than five times the number of lives lost in traffic accidents annually in Minnesota.