Anonymous success story:
John, a 21 year old, was referred to the Phoenix House for
residential substance abuse treatment for prescription (opiate) drug
dependence. John was prescribed
hydrocodone at the age of 16, due to injury sustained from an ATV accident. From the first use of hydrocodone, john liked
the pain relief and intoxicating effects from the prescription. Over time, the pain from the injury subsided,
but he continued to use the medication for the psychological effects. John began developing tolerance to the
substance and needed more of the substance to achieve the desired effects. He also began using stronger opiates and
changed his route of administration for oral intake, to nasal, to intravenous injection. During the assessment process, it was
determined that John has been experiencing several problems in his life due to
his opiate use. Areas affected
were: inability to complete high school
education, homelessness, broken family relationships, legal issues, and unable
to maintain employment for extended lengths of time.
John was appropriate for Phoenix House residential services
to address his problem areas. John was
encouraged to begin looking at his pattern of opiate use and the consequences
of his actions. He was able to determine
the extent of his opiate problem based
on these exercises. John was provided
cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive skills training to challenge faulty
thoughts and beliefs. A treatment plan
was developed to address his life issues.
John was linked with the Michigan Department of Human Services(MSHDA), to
assist him with assistance for food and income.
He was linked with Michigan Works to assist him in gaining employment
and continued work on his General Equivalency Diploma. John was linked with a self-help support
group to assist him with gaining a positive social support network. John was linked and received MSHDA housing
assistance. He addressed his lack of
honesty with his family and began developing open lines of communication.
Since leaving treatment, John has remained abstinent and is
continuing to improve his life. He has
gained employment, improved relations with his family, has decreased his legal
issues, and has a positive outlook on life.
Our treatment program continues and we are thankful for the
support we receive through the Copper
Country United Way.