It’s hard to miss the symbolism: Former opioid addicts cleaning up the drug-infested park they once used. A park that was filled with broken glass, used needles and shattered lives.
But it is much more than just symbolism. It is real change.
David Cox is an IOP counselor with the Concerted Care Group in Baltimore, Maryland. He specializes in outpatient addiction and was motivated to be a counselor because of his own experiences. David was tired of being a negative and destructive force in his community, so when his life changed, he was able to counsel others who have substance abuse issues.
There are many ways to treat substance abuse.
In fact, there are probably as many different treatments as there are substances. Some substance abuse treatments are successful and have stood the test of time. Many others are trendy and controversial and have not withstood research and testing.
And while the success of any substance abuse treatment truly depends on the patient receiving it, the elements of the treatment and the treatment center doing it are also crucial. It is, ultimately, a team effort.
Ms. Alfreda Patterson is a Substance Abuse Counselor at the Concerted Care Group in Baltimore, Maryland.
She began working at CCG in 2015. Her personal experiences and deep desires to assist people motivated her to become a counselor. Especially, people who have substance abuse disorders.