A Mother’s Story: Getting My Son into Treatment

On October 31st, my son celebrated one year of sobriety! What better way to put it? It’s a celebration, one of which I prayed many nights to happen. Through the much needed support, guidance and trust of Josh Gamaitoni (former Client Services Rep), Kevin Craner (Manager of Family Integrated Services), and Zach Craighton (Admissions Coordinator), we believe in Transformations. We believe they helped us get our son back – total strangers who have become family – without judgement, just empathy, advice, and guidance. It’s difficult to define my son’s story. Just three months after turning 18 years old, his father [...]

November 8th, 2017|Addiction Treatment|

The Opioid Crisis: Just a Public Health Emergency?

If President Donald Trump were a recovering addict- he might approach the addiction epidemic in this country a bit differently. First, he’d probably declare the addiction epidemic a national emergency instead of a public health crisis. If he would have declared it a national emergency, funds would have been secured through the Stafford Act, opening the doors to a much wider branch of action and money- through FEMA. Declaring it a national public health emergency means that funding will be obtained through the Health and Human Services department- which is nearly empty. There are many other things that need to [...]

November 1st, 2017|Addiction Treatment|

Illicit Drug Use in Illinois: Drug Courts as an Alternative to Conviction

Illicit Drug Use in Illinois: Drug Courts as an Alternative to Conviction  Nationwide, the Illinois Department of Corrections has one of the highest inmate populations in the United States. The Illinois’ prison population, designed for a maximum capacity of 32,000 inmates, is now at an all-time high of close to 50,000.1 Is there a possibility that some counties are stricter than others when it comes to drug-related arrests and conviction? In areas where an arrest results in conviction and time in jail, this only adds to the already overcrowded prison situation. One viable alternative, to help keep the prison population [...]

October 30th, 2017|Drug Rehabilitation|

What Does Self-Worth Mean to You?

To: Tamara Evans  From: Self-worth Cc: Love, relationships, God Subject: Where you been Tam-Tam, Hey again, it’s your old, old friend self-worth. I know we’re not very familiar with one another because it’s been a long time since we’ve been acquainted. It’s almost like we’ve just met, that’s how long it’s been. Somewhere around high school we started losing touch, and while you were in college I seemed to lose you completely. We haven’t had much contact since. I’m really glad to find that I’m seeing you more and more lately. I know it’s a struggle to hang on to [...]

October 25th, 2017|Addiction Recovery|

The Tale of the Deadly Sweet Tooth

Imagine a world where sugar is outlawed. Fruits, veggies, pastas, poultry and seafood rule the land.  Only sugar junkies, sweet treat fiends and cake addicts do sugar. They live in dark dingy alley ways near dumpsters, some live in those nasty "sugar houses" where everyone's doing sugar and the rest of the sugar junkies live on the streets- on the bad sides of town. Their teeth are filled with cavities, they're awfully chubby and their hands are always sticky. Sugar dealers sell donuts, sugary drinks and even chocolate cakes out of their houses and some out of their cars. Mothers [...]

October 23rd, 2017|Drug Abuse|

Alcohol Addiction: I Would Never Pretend to be Okay Again

By: Michael Kellerman, Transformations alumnus There she laid… her strawberry blonde hair crusty and tinged with a dark red, like the chain of a bicycle that has rusted from being left out in the rain. Jaimee is her name. Beautiful, intelligent, athletic, inspiring: these are just a few descriptive words people would use to characterize her. Jaimee’s face was swollen – her beautiful bronze skin was losing its color; and I was losing my oldest sister. The image of her lifeless demeanor continues to haunt me to this day. Bailey – she is the middle child – sat with me; [...]

October 18th, 2017|Alcohol Addiction|
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