Friends Helping Friends Offers Personalized Treatment For Substance Abuse And Addiction Sufferers
Each year, millions of Americans are affected by substance abuse and addiction; 22.2 million people aged 12 or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse, revealed the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The good news is that addiction is curable. Scientific research shows that treatment can help patients addicted to drugs stop using, avoid relapse, and successfully recover their lives, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
One organization is on a mission to facilitate the most effective treatment possible for those who struggle with substance abuse and addiction; a one-on-one, customized recovery plan.
Friends Helping Friends is an organization that takes a personalized approach to placing substance abuse and addiction sufferers into the best treatment facility or program for their individual needs.
Ethan Finkel, founder and program director of Friends Helping Friends, has dedicated years of his life to running sober-living communities and guiding sufferers of addiction. His desire to help stems from personal experience; after struggling with substance abuse, he underwent treatment and successfully recovered. Overcoming his struggle with addiction inspired Finkel to help others do the same.
Through its strong relationships with treatment facilities and counselors nationwide, Friends Helping Friends has the ability to help sufferers and their families navigate through the recovery process, financially and emotionally.
“We work through insurances and will see what can be covered through their insurance, from start to finish — from the transportation to the treatment itself,” said Avi Cyperstein, director of Community Outreach for Friends Helping Friends. “People don’t appreciate how difficult it is to make the step to get help. It’s a struggle to stand up and say, ‘I recognize I need help.’ That’s where the challenge starts for the family as well. Who do we call? How do we know it’s the right place? What makes us special is that once that phone call is made to us, it becomes very personal. We make an effort to meet people in person, if necessary. We hold their hand along the way.”
The organization’s deep-rooted goals to support its members is what has contributed to its success since its launch in 2013. According to Friends of Friends, over 500 people have sought the organization’s services and 150 to 200 people have been placed in treatment programs.
“What makes us unique is that you are speaking with someone who knows exactly what you’re going through,” Finkel said. “What motivates me every day to do this is that I live it. I breathe it. It’s my dream. The greatest gift is when I can see someone struggling, go through the process and get better.”
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