Many people fail to realize or understand that substance abuse is a disease. It becomes a lifelong battle and it is almost impossible to win the battle alone. Over 22 million Americans are afflicted with substance abuse disorder. There are over 370 overdose-related deaths each and every day just in the United States alone.
These are not statistics. These are the sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters of everyone around us. This disease doesn’t discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, economic standing, or where you live. It affects everyone and has been steadily consuming an entire generation at an alarming rate over the past decade. Silence is the insidious ally of addiction. We all must break the silence, recognize the disease for what is, end the stigma, and support those affected, so that they can return home to us, back from the abyss.
As a nation, we’ve been slow to respond to this public health crisis. It reached near epidemic proportions before it took public notice. We now have a lot of work to do to stem the tide. Considering the amount of people affected, availability of treatment and recovery programs and services is woefully inadequate.
Addiction is a complicated disease to treat and can’t be managed for the long term with only a brief stay in detox and a short stay in treatment. Often times the constraints of insurance coverage limits the time of stay and the available services resulting in large gaps in the overall treatment and recovery process. Numerous studies have shown that a person’s chances at successful recovery are greatly improved with ongoing support following those initial, short-term treatment programs. The transition to living a sober life is difficult and full of obstacles. Detox and initial treatment are only the first steps in the journey to recovery.
Following treatment, people need ongoing support and assistance in transitioning back into the community. More often than not, people need assistance with education and vocational training, transportation, assistance with job placement, and ongoing health and wellness programs, just to name a few. These types of support services are not funded by insurance or by public social services.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, our goal is to help fill those gaps in the treatment and recovery process by helping to fund and expand the availability of these types of transitional support services and increase someone’s chances at long term recovery.
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