Posts in Delaware Treatment
The Disconnect

There is such a disconnect between people and treatment.  People with a history of addiction and who are actively seeking help can not find it. We see on the front page of the newspaper that Johnny had to go to Florida to get help. Johnny had to leave the State of Delaware to get help. Johnny left knowing he had pending criminal charges against him. There are too many cases just like Johnny's.  Johnny choose life. He was going to die if he didn't go get treatment.

He found a fellowship in Florida. He found a community; a Recovery community.  Wow! What a concept! It's common sense to people who have longer term recovery. We understand that young adults need a sense of community.  Most of their friends can drink and smoke marijuana recreationally.  

Do you know how hard it is to get sober before you are even 21 years old? All the normal is over. Drinking and drugging career... OVER!  Well, what do these young adults do?

Mom has had about enough. Dad may or may not be around.  So, the young adult is put back into the same environment with nothing to do.  He eventually gives in, hangs out with old friends again and drinking and drugging looks like a good idea.  Mom and dad don't understand how this could have happened.  They think getting arrested or a visit to the local ER is enough to scare him.  It takes a lot to scare a young adult.  They think they are unstoppable.

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"If we don't change, we won't improve." -Colonel Elmer Setting

Colonel Elmer Setting has been in service to New Castle County for 28 years. He is a passionate, educated and down to earth human being with an strong understanding of the addiction crisis in our country, especially in New Castle County.  He has been practicing community policing with his team in efforts to help with the drug related criminal offenses.

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Series Her- Mary's Story

My name is Mary, I am a drug addict and a alcoholic. I was the third oldest out of eight children.  I had a great childhood our family was very close I don't ever remember anything bad happening, I do remember feeling different I never felt like I fit I I never felt a part of
 

I was painfully shy. I had my first drink at age 12 on my way to our 7th grade dance I remember feeling pretty I remember feeling like I fit in I remember feeling a part of!! I felt great! I also got so sick!! As I was throwing up, I looked up at my friend and I said I can't wait to do this again! I also remember the look on her face like I was crazy. But I really could not wait to feel like that again. I started experimenting with other drugs and drinking on the weekend then whenever I could I wanted to be high all the time I never wanted to be me I hated being me.

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