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Apr

Samantha F., Medication Assisted Treatment

April 4, 2011

On October 5, 2009, Samantha F. made a decision: she was going to get clean, no matter what it took. “I was in jail,” she remembers. “I was there every day—they were sick of me. And I just had this vision: I saw myself in a dumpster, dead. And I knew that if I didn’t … [Read More…]

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Bobby G., Recovery Management

April 4, 2011

“If it weren’t for HAS,” states Bobby G., “I wouldn’t be here today.” Bobby, now sober for two years, drank for forty and had been in and out of treatment several times, but he came to HAS’s Recovery Management program at a particularly difficult point in his life: “I was alone, I was homeless, and … [Read More…]

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Melva Q., Youth Treatment

April 4, 2011

Melva Q used to think that alcohol use—sometimes heavy alcohol use—was a normal teenage pastime, just another way to have fun. “I was going to parties all the time,” she says. “I thought I was just enjoying life, living it to the fullest.” That changed in 2009 when Melva, then seventeen, was charged with underage … [Read More…]

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Glenda C., Postpartum Depression

April 4, 2011

When Glenda C. learned that her fourth child was going to be a girl, she cried—and not out of happiness. Although she cannot imagine life without her youngest daughter now, during her pregnancy the news meant only sadness and anxiety. As a survivor of childhood abuse herself, Glenda “just didn’t want to bring another girl … [Read More…]

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Dulce M., BASTA! Domestic Violence

April 4, 2011

In 2007, as part of an assignment at school, Dulce M.’s daughter composed a letter to Santa. What she wanted for Christmas, she wrote, was help with her father—she wanted the violence at home to stop. Dulce’s sadness at what her daughter had seen and experienced was compounded by a frightening piece of information: social … [Read More…]

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Apr

Darrell R., St. Leonard’s Ministries

April 4, 2011

Darrell R. grew up in a middle-class home. His family was never short of money, and his mother and grandmother provided him not only with material possessions, but with guidance, support, and a strong set of values. Darrell’s friends graduated from high school and set off for destinations including Northwestern, the University of Iowa, and … [Read More…]

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Apr

Eunice R., Sisterhouse

April 4, 2011

Eunice R. is a busy woman. She works full-time as an accountant, volunteers at her church, is vice president of her block club, helps her mother around the house, and provides child care for her daughter. She is also on the Sisterhouse board, serves as president of its alumni association, mentors a current resident there, … [Read More…]

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Apr

Jorge V., Residence

April 4, 2011 | 4 Comments

As a young man, Jorge V. vowed never to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. He had seen the effects of drinking and drug use on his stepfather, an alcoholic, and he hated it. While many of his peers became involved with gangs and crime, Jorge was active in the local Boys and Girls club … [Read More…]