Isolation, fear and anxiety are the enemy of those struggling with drugs and alcohol. Concerned, confused, need answers for yourself or a loved one? Guests in this episode are: Mary Garr, CEO of Family Service, Jessica Knudsen, CEO of Clarity Child Guidance and Talli Dolge, CEO of Jewish Family Services.
Published by StoryStudio on my mysanantonio.com, March 26, 2020
At Rise Recovery, San Antonio’s youth, young adults and their families receive support and guidance for overcoming the challenges of drug or alcohol use. One common challenge is navigating technology. Smart phones, social media, and convenience apps have made the idea of keeping teens from coming into contact with illegal drugs impossible, unfortunately. In as little as eight minutes, a teen can discreetly communicate with a dealer, get access to that dealer, exchange money, and get drugs without a parental figure noticing. Using cash exchange apps, teens and young adults are able to send money anonymously. A marijuana dealer living in San Antonio could hypothetically be found on a social media app with the help of drug-suggestive emojis, tags and photographs, conduct a “drop-off” through a ride share app, and accept a cash app as payment. Teenagers wouldn’t have to go farther than their front yard to pick up anything they desired.
BY: EVITA MORIN, CEO OF RISE RECOVERY
When we choose to no longer hide whatever it is that we struggle with, there is tremendous relief. We can be supported. We can get help. We learn that we are no longer alone. And we aren’t. We are in this together. Life is hard. Sometimes it is unbearable. But with openness and love together we can move from darkness and suffering to light, hope, and healing.-David Sheff
The medical community is enlisting resources from every health professional in every corner of the nation to support the COVID-19 physical health crisis. Our focus on addressing the immediate physical health of those exposed to COVID-19 is critical and necessary.
As a behavioral health care leader, my colleagues and I have deep concern for the assured second wave of health-related issues caused by COVID-19: the forecasted mental health and substance use crisis to follow. The social service nonprofits, especially those providing mental and behavioral health support, will be responsible for “cleaning up the aftermath” from the devastation of this economic and health crisis.