Program Offers Support

1 decade 9 months 2 weeks ago Friday, October 05 2007 Oct 5, 2007 Friday, October 05, 2007 10:25:15 AM CDT October 05, 2007 in News

Missourians suffering from substance abuse will benefit from clinical treatment and receive extra support from community based organizations.

Program director Fran Joy said she knows what support means to people who suffer from substance abuse and how important continued support is even after initial action is taken.

"For many many years, our clients left treatment and for many of them, had no support out there at all and this program does provide support to a client and you know we all need support," said Joy.

The new three year federal grant will focus on three main goals: Treating methamphetamine users, helping former prisoners in their transition back to community, and helping veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan.

Community and faith-based are also participating in the program. The House of Prayer Church is one of the many faith-based organizations that partners with the access to recovery in order to give support to people. The church holds spiritual classes twice a month and sees over 20 people attend through the voucher system. The grant provides patients with vouchers. They can then choose where to seek treatment for substance abuse.

"We begin to talk to them about their life and how the spiritual aspects of their life and their journey and how that can help them in their recovery," said James Jackson, House of Prayer pastor.

About 13,000 patients in Missouri will benefit each year from the new grant. The federal grant program helps more than 170 thousand people nationwide.

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