The Recovery Bank launches bereavement support group

SCRANTON – The Recovery Bank, a non-profit peer-run recovery support center, has announced the launch of a new bereavement support group for family members and loved ones who have lost someone to cause of drug or alcohol addiction, overdose, or other substance-related death. The first GRASP (Grief Recovery Support After a Substance Passing) group meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at 120 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton.

“This support group seeks to bring together those who have suffered the unique and extremely painful loss of overdose and other circumstances, so that they can help each other in their healing process,” said Frank Bolock, director of project at The Recovery Bank. “Sadly, our community has felt far too many of these tragic and untimely deaths, and families often struggle to cope after such a loss,” he continued.

There have been more than 500 overdose deaths reported in Lackawanna County since 2014, according to data available from the county coroner’s office.

Carol Coolbaugh, Luzerne County GRASP Chapter Facilitator, and Cara Cali, Certified Recovery Specialist/Certified Family Recovery Specialist at The Recovery Bank, will guide the initial support group meeting. The support group is free to the public but places are limited due to COVID safety measures. Please call The Recovery Bank

at (570) 880-7901 to reserve a spot.

“As someone who has personally experienced a loss like this, I understand that there is often a stigma associated with overdose deaths. We can isolate ourselves in our grief, feeling that no one understands our pain. The advantage of a group like GRASP is that we can connect with those who have also experienced this loss, we don’t have to walk this road alone,” Cali pointed out.

The Recovery Bank is a peer-run recovery support center for people who have experienced alcohol or drug addiction and their loved ones. The center, located at 120 Wyoming Avenue in downtown Scranton, is staffed by certified recovery specialists and volunteer partners, and is funded by the Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium, the Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug. and Alcohol Programs. Visit to learn more.

Virginia S. Braud