Breaking Point – Amudim Weekly Recap

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Breaking Point

January 8, 2021

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We never know when someone will reach his breaking point; humans are resilient creatures. But if and when that time comes, the right support can lead to a hopeful outlook for the future.

Dina*, a wife and mother of four, reached out after her husband, Michael*’s, overdose: Hatzalah was called, Narcan administered, and Dina called Amudim while her husband was detoxing in the hospital.

Dina had grown up in an abusive home and developed a high tolerance for dysfunction. The destructive cycles in her marriage went unnoticed; she ignored red flags such as binge drinking and missing money. While it ate her up inside, Dina rationalized that things were “not that bad,” as her husband could also be kind and considerate.

But after the overdose, Dina was done. She wanted a divorce and felt tremendous guilt over the behavior to which she had exposed her children.

Our case manager set to work providing support and guidance. We found the best, most financially sustainable treatment program for Dina’s husband. Dina enrolled in Al-anon and therapy for herself and her older children. During Michael’s intake, he shared how his addiction had begun several years earlier after a sports injury for which he was prescribed opioids and physical therapy. He did not have time for regular PT sessions and relied heavily on the quick fix of painkillers. While recalling the birth of this dark path, Michael expressed deep regret about his choices.

Our case manager encouraged Dina to avoid any rash decisions. Her husband is in a good program getting necessary treatment while avoiding the triggers of daily life. After, Michael will join a step down program to help integrate what he has learned into his family dynamic; and Dina and the children will have time to process and move forward. Amudim will stay in touch with Michael’s treatment team, him and his family to collaborate and assess the next steps to help him rebuild his life. The family needs time to heal; but they are in a good position to come out of this stronger than ever.

If you or a loved one is struggling, you are not alone. Amudim is here. Contact us anytime.

*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.

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WEEK ENDING: January 8, 2021
149 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week

  • 4 Anxiety
  • 10 At Risk Guidance
  • 5 Child Abuse and Neglect
  • 6 Depression
  • 8 Domestic Violence
  • 15 Drug & Alcohol Addiction
  • 3 Eating Disorder
  • 26 Funeral Travel Assistance
  • 3 Housing Placement
  • 2 Legal Matters
  • 1 Medical Related
  • 3 Mental Health
  • 1 Overdose
  • 4 Psyc Emergencies
  • 6 Sex & Gambling Addiction
  • 20 Sexual Abuse
  • 4 Suicide Prevention
  • 28 Therapy Referrals

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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