Musical critics point to the famous Beatles’ lyrics “I get by with a little help from my friends” as having two meanings: people survive with the support of their peers, and unfortunately, sometimes with the aid of dangerous substances. We have seen how drugs can destroy a person’s life. But Amudim is fighting this battle daily to help those who need support in freeing themselves from addiction.
Ben*, a 36 year-old husband and father, reached out on the advice of a friend who knew of his struggles. It had started when Ben began smoking weed in high school, which eventually led to experimentation with psychedelics. The situation only worsened as the pressures of life increased. Ben tried to shake his addiction several times but was unsuccessful; when he called, he disclosed his daily use of oxycodone and the added shame of keeping his drug use a secret from his family.
Our case manager assessed that inpatient treatment would best serve Ben’s needs; we were able to find an excellent facility that fit Ben’s financial capabilities. Ben also spoke about his desire to tell his wife the truth; our case manager assured him that having a support system would be essential to recovery. Ben had the difficult conversation, and his wife was encouraging and noted that she had always known something wasn’t right; but Ben had managed to keep the varied parts of his life separate…until now. We were hopeful that with everything out in the open and Ben’s willingness to seek help, he could begin his journey of healing.
Our case manager remained in contact with Ben’s care team to monitor his progress. They collaborated on creating an aftercare plan, including the right therapist. After his release, Ben began weekly sessions as well as joined a local NA meeting. He and his case manager continue to speak on a biweekly basis; and Ben reports seeing significant improvement in his emotional health and home life. With consistent vigilance and encouragement, G-d Willing, Ben’s recovery will remain permanent and become the foundation for a happy and healthy future.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is just a phone call away and here to help.
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes
Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.