Please Help My Son Get the Help He Desperately Needs.
Organized by: Chrissy Dunworth
My son has been deeply struggling with ongoing drug use despite our best efforts as a family to educate him, redirect him, guide him, and love him. Because he is a minor- 15 years old, I am keeping his name private. He has two brothers- a twin, and an older, 17 1/2 year old brother. We lost my eldest brother to an accidental Opiate overdose about a year ago, and we believe that has had an extremely negative impact on my child. My son is not a lost cause; he is a troubled young man- abandoned by his own father for drugs, and he really needs this help in order to NOT end up like my brother. He is a very intelligent kid with a lot to offer; he just needs help getting back on track. That help is very expensive, and not covered by any insurance... The drug, and especially opiate epidemic has become a highlighted topic in our Nation; we lose at least 157 people a day to Opiate Overdoses. Although I do not believe my son is a Heroin user- I do believe he has at least tried it in smoke form several times, since he has come home from "school" very droopy-eyed, and slept the entire rest of the day several times in the past month. I am scared. I know that $30K is a lot to ask, but how much is a life worth? I can nearly guarantee that if my son does not get the inpatient, intensive care he so desperately needs- he has a very high probability of becoming a statistic. I watched my brother die; I cannot do it again with my own son. Up until recently, my boy was very athletic- loved his skateboard, played little league baseball all the way from t-ball through high school equivalent league. He also initially joined the Freshman football team, but lost interest before the first game- though he worked out w/the team all summer. He has fully admitted that he cannot control himself and he knows he needs and wants help. Here is a young life that is on the verge and can be redeemed. Please take a look at the provided link to Teen Challenge in Sparks, NV. It will detail exactly where your money goes and any other detail you would like to know. I look back on pictures of him as a baby and younger boy, and just cry. He was my cuddle-bug- my sweetie pie.. I don't want my baby back; I want my son to be relatively happy, and as successful as possible. At this point, my only other option is to call the police any time I know he is under the influence, and have him taken to Juvenile Hall. In that case, my county may/may not pay for him to go to an inpatient program. He will also have a criminal record. I'd love nothing more than to avoid having to do that, but I will if I have to because I love him. Please help save my son's life. http://www.teenchallenge.net/sites/default/files/forms/Reno_ProgInfoPacket.pdf http://teenchallenge.net/blog/our-centers/reno/