Finding the Will

March 11, 2022

Left untreated, childhood traumas will continue to rear their ugly head years after they have ended; and the fallout can include various challenges that hinder someone from leading a happy and fulfilling life. But with the right encouragement and a person’s finding the strength to reach out for help, there is always a way out of the darkness to a place of hope for the future.

Yoni* is 34 years old and has lived on his own for over a decade. He’s been able to hold down a job and pay his bills, but he has been grappling with addiction and previous trauma related to sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of a teacher that left him feeling angry and unable to establish new relationships. Several years ago, he finally told his family what had occurred; and while they begged him to seek help, he was not ready.

A few months ago, Yoni worked up the courage to reach out to Amudim, but he was still quite reticent; he spoke with our case manager and agreed to regular check-ins by phone but did not want to speak with a mental health professional. He was not ready to give up the solace that drugs and alcohol provided when daily life and his emotions felt like too much to handle.

After speaking with Yoni for several weeks, providing a non-judgmental and sympathetic safe space, our case manager was able to convince Yoni to see a therapist, which led to his entering an in-patient rehab center. Slowly, he began facing his past and present issues and was making significant progress. He eventually moved down to a step down program and seemed on the way to getting his life back together.

Recently, Yoni called in a panic; he had relapsed and did not know what to do. Thankfully, because of the relationship his case manager had built up with him over many months, he was able to talk Yoni through it and encourage him to continue treatment and not give up hope. Yoni is currently still attending intense daily therapy sessions; and we have hope that with time and the right support, he can look forward to a healthier future free of the pain he has suffered for so long.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is here and ready to help.

WEEK ENDING: March 11, 2022

166 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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