Long-term Residential Treatment Provides Freedom from Addiction

Feb 17, 2016 12:30 PM ET

Volunteers of America Saved My Life

“Volunteers of America saved my life.”

“Volunteers of America gave me hope.”

“Volunteers of America helped me be ‘me’ again.”

“Volunteers of America gave me my mom back.”

These are the sentiments we often hear at the graduation ceremonies for the young, brave men and women and their children completing our addiction recovery programs. It is a humbling experience to listen to the stories of transformation our graduates tell after winning a long battle with alcohol and drug addiction. Their experiences are all unique, yet have common threads: experimentation with drugs and alcohol at a young age that evolve into a long-term struggle; surviving trauma and turning to substances to self-medicate; undiagnosed mental illness masked with alcohol and drugs.

The people behind these stories are our friends, children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Addiction is one of the few social issues that has affected nearly each and every one of us. Where do you turn when addiction invades your own family?

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