Dear Amudim Family,
Hitting rock bottom can feel like the end. But just when it seems like all hope is lost, if a person is able to reach out and grab the hand that is offering a way up, she can start believing that there is a path out of the pain and darkness.
At 32, Yael* was living with a difficult and isolating secret she had kept for years from her friends and family; she was addicted to the prescription stimulants that she had been prescribed to deal with anxiety and attentional issues after graduating high school. She had lost her job and home and felt like life was spinning out of control. Riding the subway one day, Yael read an article about Amudim and its reputation for helping people in crisis and finding them the resources they need.
When Yael worked up the courage to call us, she expressed how frustrated and angry she was about her situation, and how she felt powerless to change it. But she had reached the point where she was willing to try anything that might break the cycle of all the failures she saw in her life. Our case manager’s first task was to reassure Yael that there was no shame in what she was experiencing, and that reaching out for help actually showed strength and was the first step towards healing. Together, they worked on finding a good rehab facility that accepts Yael’s insurance, and she agreed to voluntary admission.
Yael just recently completed her 90 days, and her case manager has found her a wonderful outpatient program; she is also now attending NA meetings on a regular basis. In terms of helping rebuild the other areas of her life, we guided Yael to an organization that helps find suitable housing for clients going through similar circumstances; and when the time is right, finding productive and meaningful employment will be the next step in bringing Yael back to “life.” She is also slowly starting to reach out to various family members, as Yael finally understands that she does not have to do this alone. We are hopeful that with continued support, Yael will find her way to a brighter and healthier future.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is just a phone call away and ready to help.
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.