The spring season is a time of hope and renewal and it sparks interest in trying once again to change habits of addiction. We asked friends from Catholic Charities to join us and talk about opportunities and options for successful treatment. Mike Phillips, Director of Campus for Hope, shared that many times clients do arrive at their absolute worst, unable to see anything positive or sustaining about their life; they are frequently beyond caring. The mission of Campus for Hope is to help clients find their spirit’s resiliency, to see the good, the worth, the valuable treasure within themselves, and then help them develop the tools and skills needed to maintain a lifetime of safety and sobriety. It is not an easy process, and needs to be taken one step at a time, but life can and does change for the better.
Sherry Scott, speaking about the out-patient services at Catholic Charities, told us that many of their services and programs are available in the evening so that a person can continue to work and tend to family responsibilities during treatment. There is a program called Friends and Family that is impressive, and is directed toward those with a loved one with addictions, regardless of whether or not that friend or family member is receiving treatment.
Liz Shefter challenged us with the question, “How does one provide support for a loved one without enabling their addiction, and exhausting one’s self in the process?” Liz invites participants to learn their own skill set and develop their own coping tools. The mantra modeled throughout Catholic Charities is “never give up on anybody”. That was repeated to us throughout the broadcast. Treatments for substance abuse are affective and are available. Since Catholic Charities never gives up on anybody, they remind listeners that we shouldn’t give up on ourselves, either!
To learn more about Catholic Charities drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, listen to the March 20 Not Alone broadcast by clicking on the play button below, or download the file and listen later. You may also visit the Catholic Charities web site: www.ccomaha.org. To listen to a past Not Alone broadcast, visit The Kim Foundation podcast page.
March 20, 2012 – Catholic Charities
Airing every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CST on station KCRO, channel 660 AM based out of Omaha, Neb.), Not Alone is a live talk radio program focused on behavioral health and recovery. Developed by The Kim Foundation through the support of C&A Industries, Inc., Not Alone works to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. The show seeks to assure individuals, families, and communities that they are not alone, mental illness affects us all, hosting a variety of guest from across the country.