Torch is an organization that uses peer to peer support to help people in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders. We are a self-help group with no counseling involved, but we will advocate for services for people in recovery. Whether it be treatment, employment, housing, or education we do our best to guide people in the right direction. Torch believes in all pathways to recovery and that each individual’s recovery is their own. We do not define anyone’s recovery. Torch believes that accountability happens organically as we grow in recovery. It is not our responsibility to hold our members accountable, but our goal to help them be accountable to themselves. If a member wants us to hold them accountable, we can do that within the confines of the facility, but at no time will we break confidentiality. We are not anonymous, but we are confidential. What that means to us is that anytime I can tell my story, but at no time will I ever tell your story.
One of Torch’s missions is to increase the community’s knowledge surrounding substance use disorders. We work to educate our members and the community about messaging because words matter. Instead of self-identification of addiction or alcoholism, knowledge and understanding of our substance use disorder empowers us to bring the battle outside of our self. We stop fighting ourselves and start fighting substance use together with the support of our peers and community. Torch believes that community engagement is extremely important. Like the roots of a tree growing out into the community, our recovery is strengthened with a healthy interaction within the community. We provide opportunities for civic engagement to insure these beliefs. It is our wish to grow as positive and productive members of our community.
Torch will continue to strive, as a self-help group, for giving people a safe place to discuss their substance use disorder and all issues, giving them support without judgement. Substance use does not and will not define who we are. Our program is built off of honesty, integrity, and a passion to help people find and maintain recovery.