Vermont Reads 2021

“We Contain Multitudes”
by Sarah Henstra

Important Resources on Addiction, Recovery, and Family Resilience

Many families in Vermont are struggling to recover from the devastating effects of addiction to alcohol, heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs, just like some of the characters in We Contain Multitudes. Addiction is a disease, not a personal failing, and there are many community resources that can help families struggling with the impact of this epidemic.

Partner Organizations to Help with the Book's Themes

Vermont Humanities has partnered with three Vermont organizations to help you navigate the themes of We Contain Multitudes in your community. Vermont Reads project hosts can receive one free presentation from one of these organizations.

Recovery Vermont has provided us with the following list of resources:

ADAP – Recovery Centers
The Vermont Department of Health provides resources for those struggling with substance use disorder, including Vermont’s 12 Recovery Centers located throughout the state of Vermont.

Jenna’s Promise
Jenna’s Promise is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to treatment and recovery services.

Recovery Vermont
Recovery Vermont celebrates substance use disorder recovery in Vermont through trainings, advocacy and leadership programs. Recovery Vermont trains Vermont’s recovery workforce and is home of the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy, Vermont’s Recovery Coach training program.

VFOR
VFOR is a network of Recovery Residences (clean and sober living homes) to help people suffering from Substance Use Disorder to re-assimilate into society by supporting the transitions from active use, to recovery, to independent living.

VT Helplink
VT Helplink is a free resource for Vermonters, providing confidential, non-judgmental support and referrals to treatment, recovery, and other services.

Working Fields
Working Fields is a mission-driven staffing agency that provides an opportunity for successful employment and recovery by empowering individuals to manage challenges due to substance use addiction and past convictions.

Community Resources Handout

A list of organizations that can help you navigate the themes of the book in your community.