BENEFITING: FAMILIES AND ADOLESCENTS IN RECOVERY FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: Mary Kate
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle wrote -
"Families across Chicagoland face growing financial and health insurance challenges. Meanwhile, family support and structure deteriorates, teens face isolation in a busy and digital world, and incidents of risky, self-harming behavior, even suicide among teens, grows.
For many of these families, the life-affirming, family-restoring treatment at F.A.I.R is increasingly out of financial reach. In response, F.A.I.R’s clinical and executive team recently formed the F.A.I.R Foundation. It is our mission to garner private and community funding so that no family in need will ever be turned away from treatment for financial reasons."
For the past two years I have become extremely familiar with the recovery process. I have seen how much time, energy, and money a family must put forward in order to see success in the treatment of just one 17-year-old kid. I have seen how much time, effort, and care councilors and volunteers put forward to merely attempt to guide adolescent addicts to sobriety. While this process is anything but easy, it is effective and necessary.
I have been fortunate enough to watch a loved one choose the path of sobriety, and continue on that path for what is almost two years. I thank that higher power every single day for this, because I know that not everyone is so lucky to have such a success story, or even have a chance at a success story.
Recently, I have heard of a tragedy. An old friend, passed away nearly 4 months ago of a heroin overdose. He was 19. It broke my heart. When I knew him, he was very impressed with my family and me, and how we supported our loved one in his recovery. He had known someone very close to him pass away of a drug overdose. What affected me more than anything, though, was reading his mother’s response to his passing. She was literally living in my worst nightmare. It was immediately after I heard this news, and read her words, that I decided I needed to run for F.A.I.R. I want every person to have the chance to change if they need it. I have learned that my loved one is of a very fortunate minority; not only in his decision to stay sober, but also that he received treatment at all.
Addicts of all ages are taught in Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous meetings that when you are an addict you have three potential courses for your life: recovery, jail, or death. This is undeniably true. When considering these options, one would think that treatment would be the only suitable option, yet it is passed-over by so many families. I genuinely believe that more parents would seek out help for their adolescents if they believed it was in the realm of financial possibility for them. The F.A.I.R Foundation is the answer to the problems that stand in the way of many families and adolescents. Treatment is anything but cheap. I am fortunate enough to have seen the benefits of this magnificent place first hand, and can only dream to provide the same experience for another family who may not have otherwise been able to receive it.