SeekHealing

Connection is Medicine

Asheville, NC   |  http://seekhealing.org

Mission

SeekHealing is working to reduce drug overdoses and heal trauma linked to the loneliness epidemic by facilitating experiences of authentic human connection and providing access to holistic health services. We provide free support services to anyone at any stage of addiction, recovery or healing from trauma. Using a clinically-grounded method that is offered free of cost and devoid of judgement and shame, our mission is to enhance the world of recovery and healing through mutually supportive, non-hierarchical community engagement. Together, we can create a world that more people want to live in, rather than escape from.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Jennifer Nicolaisen

Director of Science

Dr. Rachel Wurzman

Main address

50 S. French Broad Ave Ste 300

Asheville, NC 28801 USA

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EIN

81-4832857

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SeekHealing is working to reduce drug overdoses and heal trauma linked to the loneliness epidemic by facilitating experiences of authentic human connection. We provide free support services to anyone at any stage of addiction, recovery or healing from trauma. Using a clinically-grounded method that is offered free of cost and devoid of judgement and shame, our mission is to enhance the world of recovery and healing through mutually supportive, non-hierarchical community engagement. Together, we can create a world that more people want to live in, rather than escape from.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Listening Training

Interactive training to learn the foundations of connection & healthy relationships: how to better listen to yourself, and others. Combining interactive listening & relationship exercises, harm-reduction for substance use and personal/social development; this program teaches us to build trust, minimize shame, and experience real connection.

Basis for curriculum includes non-violent communication, transpersonal psychology, authentic relating, and trauma-informed psychology. This course is qualified for 16 hours, CEU-certified for Peer Support Specialist (PSS).

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Health
Ethnic and racial groups
Age groups
Work status and occupations

SeekHealing creates and distributes these Kits which contain a variety of herbal remedies and therapeutic self-care items (such as epsom salt, calming tea blends, stress relief tinctures, and vitamin supplements) to those suffering from detox/withdrawals or those experiencing extreme anxiety due to social isolation (especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began). These items can be a boon to individuals under the stressful experience of chemical imbalance or as a compassionate reminder of connection to those who feel alone. During the pilot in 2020 we created and distributed over 250 Kits, which contain about a weeks worth of supplies, through various community stakeholders and participants.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Economically disadvantaged people

This court-approved diversion program provides additional support to those most at risk of overdose with 1-on-1 mentoring and immersive social health experiences; as well as access to trauma-informed therapies like EMDR and holistic health services such as acupuncture and massage. These 'connection boosters' create needed stability and engagement for those who may have experienced a recent intense shift in their lives (such as loss of a job, loss of housing, or death or a loved one) to reduce recidivism that can often lead to overdose or incarceration. With a success rate of 87%, the Extra Care Program is a unique social health program supplement that can truly make a difference to individuals recovery paths.

SeekHealing implements social health initiatives within the addiction recovery ecosystem, addressing gaps in experiencing real, human social connection for individuals who are on the journey to healing from substance use and trauma. Our Extra Care Program provides free access to holistic healing services like acupuncture, spiritual counseling, bodywork, nutritional counseling, as well as access to psychotherapeutic services like EMDR. The program delivers these services to people at risk for overdose: anyone who has ever bonded to meth, crack or heroin.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Engaged with SeekHealing programming (participated in facilitated gatherings, Listening Training, Extra Care Program)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SeekHealing aims to shift social health by connecting the neuroscience understandings of substance abuse recovery and trauma management into an accessible, community-based platform of social interaction. By removing hierarchy from engagement (we refer to anyone in our program, whether participant or staff as 'Seekers', as we are all humans seeking connection), our program encourages an inviting and stable social environment for people to feel at home with themselves and each other. We provide consistent opportunities for participants to come together in community and empower them with the tools and resources to create healthy relational bonds and gain access to resources while working to bridge the gap of disconnect often felt between individuals in an ever evolving scope of societal expectations. To supplement this healing process we offer clinical and therapeutic services to those most at risk. Through this lens we provide peer support and resource accessibility, community service projects, and connection-fueled experiences of authentic human interaction . Our goal is to make place-based communities steeped in recovery and trauma-informed facilitation, that are available to anyone free-of-charge, creating individual and community resiliency through social healing.

SeekHealing's efforts center around human connection by providing community engagement, educational opportunities, and experiential offerings to anyone in the community, especially those who may not be able to access them otherwise (often financially-related or due to mobility issues). Our program focuses on exploring and integrating Seeker's intentions (whether substance use related or otherwise) with available community resources to create a clear trajectory for participation. A keystone program we offer is our 'Listening Training' series, which provides tools and exercises for social interaction that encourage connectivity and openness with fellow humans and allow for healthy relationships to be cultivated both within and outside the program. By developing these personal relationships and encouraging the community to do the same, we establish healthy social bonds and build trust through transparency, accountability, and friendliness. We also facilitate educational/instructional seminars on the use of naloxone, which in 2019 reversed nearly 2,000 opioid overdoses in the Buncombe County area alone. Through partnerships with governmental agencies, community-oriented organizations, and compassionate individuals we offer a variety of facilitated gatherings such as Connection Practice meetings (where Seekers gather to practice authentic relating exercises and be in community), body awareness modalities (like Yoga, acupuncture, or massage), clinical offerings such as psychotherapy, and therapeutic relief through herbal remedies and alternative therapies like sound healing meditation. This community synergy is paramount to our success and thankfully creates a positive feedback loop of community relations, which has allowed for continued, strategic expansion.

SeekHealing, through the Executive Directors stewardship and the Board of Directors collaboration, uses a variety of key staff, partnerships, facilitators, and tools to implement our program, but the key component is participation from our community. Our core staff includes a Community Engagement Lead who works directly with participants and facilitates social gatherings, an Outreach Coordinator who manages our external partnerships and handles media engagement, an Extra Care Program Lead who supports our most at risk participants, handles our court-approved diversion program, and manages analytics, and a Fundraising Coordinator who cultivates resource partnerships for project fulfillment through grant pursuits, donor relations, and community giving opportunities. SeekHealing also uses in-house technology (called Athene) for database and communications, encouraging connectivity between staff and participants while securely charting individuals intentions and needs during their program engagement. We partner with area agencies and non-profits who refer individuals to our program, and offer our programming at various community-centered venues to broaden our impact and outreach. Through this community building and integration SeekHealing is able to maintain our vision as an alternative approach to recovery (non-abstinence based) and trauma management (non-hierarchical), accessible through the lens of social health.

Our organization is working to save lives by applying the latest research in human psychology, neuroscience, and social interaction into an easily accessible healing platform that can be used almost anywhere by nearly everyone. When combined with 1-on-1 support in our court-approved diversion program (the Extra Care Program), participants who were at high-risk for an overdose were able to follow their recovery intentions with an 87% success rate, a truly remarkable number compared to an average 8% recovery rate for traditional 12-step programs. A long-term vision/project revolves around a permaculture driven recovery and communal living space where participants can experience an immersive approach to health and wellness. As a way to further our networking within the clinical world, we will be offering a clinicians deep-dive into our 'Listening Training' series as a CEU for practicing mental health providers. We also will continue to explore innovative ways to partner on projects with groups such as Authentic Relating International, who use the techniques of authentic relating as a tool for rehabilitation to those incarcerated, as a way to encourage our own growth and create resonance to the ideas we feel can shift longstanding issues of social duress.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SeekHealing

Board of directors
as of 4/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Jennifer Garrett

Wester Carolina Treatment Center

Term: 2020 -

Joshua Ginsberg

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Rachel Wurzman

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Alan Muskat

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Jennifer Garrett

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Luc Richard

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/09/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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