It is nearly impossible to turn on the news without hearing a report about the horrific opioid epidemic that is plaguing our country. Here in Monroe County, the Medical Examiner’s Office reported that 126 people died from opioid overdoses in 2017. In 2018 through May, 68 people had fatal overdoes, with 16 in the month of May alone!* Non-fatal overdoses have increased exponentially as well, with 468 occurring in the first five months of 2018, compared with 200 in the same time period in 2017. And these aren’t faceless statistics, almost all of us know someone who has been affected in some way by the horrible disease of addiction.
CFC’s Addiction Treatment programs are on the frontlines of this battle, serving over 2,700 people last year. Our residential stabilization and rehabilitation programs provide housing and clinical care to individuals who struggle to remain sober outside of a highly structured setting. Two of these residences accommodate pregnant women and women with young children; resulting in drug-free babies and the opportunity to keep families intact while battling addiction. Our community residence and supportive living programs provide individuals with the opportunity to live in a recovery-oriented community. And our outpatient programs provide a range of options to meet the needs of our clients, including men’s, women’s and Latino groups, peer support, and gambling treatment services. All of our services enable the transition to recovery for the individual and their family.
It gives me hope every time I hear stories from clients who would not be where they are now without the help of our dedicated staff at CFC. Like Tynesha…she struggled with drug addiction and homelessness, but the love of her five-year-old daughter gave her the courage to change her life. Together, they moved into Liberty Manor where she found the close-knit support system and highly structured environment she needed for recovery. “People were so good to my daughter and she was so comfortable there,” Tynesha says. “We were surrounded by positive people.” After six months in the program, Tynesha graduated and was connected to a new job and apartment. “Because of Liberty Manor, I am proud of the mom I am today! We are completely blessed.”
There are many people in our City and suburbs like Tynesha, and to help them, we need your help. Your gift to Catholic Family Center can make a great difference to those seeking recovery. Please join us in our efforts to combat the scourge of addiction by making a gift to Catholic Family Center.
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