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"A male consumer came to our Jail Diversion Center with a long history of substance abuse which was causing multiple problems in his life including difficulty holding a job, strained relations with his loving and supportive family, and repeated homelessness. Staff were working to coordinate transitional housing placement for him, but he left the Center without notice, saying he was going back to stay with family.

He returned the very next day and said that he had made a mistake, and wanted to continue in the Jail Diversion Program. When transitional housing was being coordinated, it was suggested that he consider accepting alternate placement in one of our contracted substance abuse treatment facilities. Although he wasn’t sure about accepting this, he agreed to meet with the Program Director at Pathway to Serenity, Mr. Rodney Owens. 

 

The initial meeting went very well, and the consumer decided he would very much like to enter the Program. He progresses well through the Program, and learned a lot about the debilitating effects of substance abuse and addiction, particularly as they effected his own life goals and stability. 

 

He continued to apply himself on a daily basis, until he graduated successfully from the Program, admitting that he was glad that he had come back to the Center, accepted the initial offer from Jail Diversion, and stayed in course.

 

He is in very good spirits these days, having decided to stay on at Pathway in their step-down housing Program as he begins working towards a job training program to re-enter the workforce.

 

Staff at both Pathway and Jail Diversion are very proud of this consumer’s efforts and personal dedication to his own success, and wish him continued success as he moves forward in life with his newfound sobriety, free from the negative effects of addiction."

 

-Charles Marshall, M.A., QMHP

Care Coordinator

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