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Work Groups Update

HRI is working on addressing additional issues that can affect those in recovery through the new “Recovery to Work” Work Group, as well as other new Work Groups. This Work Group will work to identify employers who would be interested in providing input and training to those in recovery and to help them be successful in finding employment. Another new Work Group is the “Working with Families” Work Group, which focuses on the needs of the families surrounding those in recovery. Addiction doesn’t just affect the person in crisis, it also affects the family and its dynamics. This Work Group [...]

By |May 13th, 2020|

Strategic Planning and the Future

With several years of successful coalition and resource building, the HRI ROSC caught the attention of Houston funders. Impressed by the momentum gathered by the Initiative, the Houston Endowment encouraged and supported HRI to begin a strategic planning process to map out its future. HRI Work Group Chairs worked on the main points of the strategic plan, public input was sought with the coalition members, and the final strategic plan was presented to the coalition. Out of the process, the coalition agreed to focus on several key directions for HR: Transforming the Community Through Voices for Recovery; Encouraging and Promoting [...]

By |May 13th, 2020|

Did You Know? Conversation with a Community Expert

Patrick Tynan, a Forensic Analyst with the Seized Drugs Division of the Houston Forensic Science Center, works to identify pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs, plants or parts of plant, related chemicals, and drug paraphernalia. As a chemist, his job is to receive evidence, analyze it, test it for the presence of controlled substances, and testify in court if needed. Some of the substances include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, prescription drugs, synthetic cannabinoids, and synthetic stimulants commonly called bath salts. Patrick started with the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) when it began in 2014. After the Houston Police Department’s Crime Lab went through [...]

By |May 13th, 2020|


Welcome to the first issue of the Houston Recovery Initiative’s newsletter. We urge you to stay connected with us during the unsettling time of the COVID-19 crisis and as we move to a “new normal,” whatever that looks like. Almost anyone in recovery would tell you that the most important element of staying in recovery is being connected to a community or to a support group. The Houston Recovery Initiative (HRI) is here to help you stay connected to the recovery community and to provide resources as you continue your journey. Do you know how HRI got started? After months [...]

By |May 13th, 2020|