Steps Towards a Healthy Future

July 2, 2021

Dear Amudim Family,
 
Healing from addiction is not a one step process, nor does it happen overnight. But when an individual seeks out the right combination of treatment and support and is able to see the way through what can be a difficult challenge, the chances for lasting success are great.
 
Yitzy*, a 24 year-old man who reached out to Amudim for help, had already traveled a long and difficult path towards recovery. He had a history of drug use, which had started when he was 16, and quickly developed into full blown addiction. For years, Yitzy had tried multiple routes to stop, including therapy and more than one rehab facility. But nothing stuck, and he was always back to using again after a short period. 
 
When Yitzy called Amudim, he had lost all hope. He had spent thousands of dollars on treatment and wanted to know what he was doing wrong. He wanted to change his life and be healthy and happy but had no idea what new method to try to make that happen. Our case manager spoke with Yitzy several times, listening to him share his pain, his dreams and goals that had been obstructed by his addiction. And eventually, the missing piece to this puzzle emerged; in all of Yitzy’s unsuccessful attempts, he had never attended a 12-step meeting nor sought out a support network after treatment. He thought that rehab was the only way. Our case manager explained that this was not the case and encouraged Yitzy to attend an NA meeting. 
 
Yitzy was hesitant to attend; he had a negative perspective of the whole process from things he had heard. We explained the numerous positive benefits of the 12-step program and connected Yitzy with someone who attended meetings regularly. They went together to Yitzy’s first meeting and that was the beginning of his new road to recovery. Yitzy got a sponsor and began working through the steps.
 
Baruch Hashem, we were overjoyed to receive a call a few weeks ago that Yitzy has now been sober for four years and is engaged to be married. He is grateful to Amudim for helping him find the right path to a lasting and hopeful future. 
 
If you or someone you know is struggling, contact us anytime. 
 
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.

WEEK ENDING: July 2, 2021
254 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week

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.

 

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