Entries by Morgan Coyner

Fall Benefit 2019

– Written by Laryssa Schepel, Community Outreach and Events Coordinator
My job title at The Next Door is “Community Outreach and Events Coordinator.” When introducing my role to others, I tell them that half of my time is spent cultivating relationships with local businesses and churches, and the other half is helping coordinate fundraising events at The Next Door.…

Six Reasons to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

-Kristi Fritch, Pharmacy Intern; Emily Kohal, Family Nurse Practitioner; Mel Kirby, Registered Nurse
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
October 26, 2019 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, it’s a day to promote best practices regarding medication and to give people a chance to return any medications they no longer need.…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

– Written by Jane Saffles-Granville, Therapist
Many years ago, at a different job in a different state, I had a client who came to my agency with the worst black eye I had ever seen. She had fled an abusive relationship and was homeless in a strange city.…

Faith, Hope, and Recovery

– Written by Anna Derrington, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
One day while I was sitting in treatment at The Next Door, a volunteer came to share some hope with my fellow group of residential clients.…

You Matter!

– Janie Elkins, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
My dream wasn’t to be an addict. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a veterinarian. But addiction is not a choice. Sure, I made the choice to experiment, but it stopped being a choice quickly.…

Overdose and Suicide: How do we categorize tragic deaths?

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. In recent years, awareness about suicide has increased, but there are still so many questions surrounding this type of death, especially as it relates to drug use and overdoses.
Overdose or Suicide?
Losing someone who has overdosed leaves us with so many questions.…

Betty Dickens – Board Member Recognition by nFocus Magazine

from nFocus Magazine, written by Holly Hoffman
Photograph by Alex Berger

The Next Door is on track to offer services to more than 1,600 Middle Tennessee women in crisis this year. Fifteen years ago, it opened to meet the needs of transitional housing and support for female ex-offenders, and programs have since expanded to include those impacted by addiction, mental illness and trauma.…

Reflections from a Summer Intern

Written by Helen Phillips, Development Team Intern
When you think of a teenager’s job, you might think of a retail store or fast food restaurant. My brother, for example, worked as a “bag boy” at Richland Country Club until he left for college a few weeks ago.…