Addiction come in many shapes and sizes. Smoking, overeating, cellphone use, and drinking are just a few. Yet the biggest stigma of all, comes along with drug and alcohol addictions.
Paulette Schell — Operations and Program Director with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley (ADACCV) — spoke of the reality of becoming an addict. “Drug use — drug addiction — can happen to anyone. It’s us.”
According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 21.5 million American adults battled substance abuse in 2014.
Locally, ADACCV sees the effects of addiction first-hand. Their goal is to be a “beacon of hope” for those who cannot reverse the negative factors of addiction on their own.
Individuals suffering from addiction enter into one of ADACCV’s programs either:
2) Referred by family or friends
3) Court-Ordered (through probation, parole, etc.)
4) Child Protective Services
“The trick is getting them into treatment and having them stay in treatment,” claims Eric Sanchez, CEO of ADACCV, as he reflects on the recovery process. “That first 7-10 days is critical. If they decide to walk out anytime between that first day they walk in, to the first week, then we might lose them.”
During ADACCV’s 2018 fiscal year, the group served 422 Clients; 268 were part of their residential program (Williams House or Sara’s House), while 154 were outpatients. Of those groups, just under 60% of males in residency completed the program successfully, with just over 80% of the female residents completing as well. Just under 70% of their outpatients finished the program.
Sanchez adds: ”We certainly haven’t seen any decrease in substance use in the Concho Valley. What we’ve seen is a lot of methamphetamine, which is usually the drug of choice, but also alcohol.
What we’re missing in our treatment programs is our detox piece, which is one of the reasons we’re building the Journey Recovery Center.”
ADACCV sees the need for more support in combating addictions, and by funding the new Journey Recovery Center, their goal is to bring the missing link of treatment closer to home.
”So when someone is in the full throes of their addiction, they don’t have a detox program locally,” explains Sanchez. “We have to scramble to find a bed in Odessa, or Waco, or Dallas… anywhere that we can find one.
And then they have a waitlist. So then that person has to wait 3, 4, 5-6 weeks to get a detox bed. Well what are they going to do in the interim? They’re probably going to go back out and use, and be lost to the addiction again.”
“There are a variety of ways people can find themselves really in a spot where drugs have taken over their life,” Schell says. “And it doesn’t have to be like that.”
- American Addiction Centers, statistics
- The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley (ADACCV)
- Other links