My name is Airam and I am a current client at Greenwich House. I’d like to share my deepest gratitude and appreciation that is due to the caring staff at Greenwich House.
According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 20.5 million people age 12 and older have battled a substance abuse disorder, with 8.2 million of them battling both mental health and substance abuse disorders. I am one of those 20.5 million. In my own experience, I know that many are homeless, without families or both. One of the hardest things for people fighting addiction is to fight this epidemic alone.
Addiction is a war that cannot be fought alone. People have been trying for decades to overcome addiction on their own, and for just as long, so many of us have lost that fight. That is why I am so appreciative of the services that I’ve received and continue to receive at Greenwich House.
I am 42 years old and have been battling a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder since the early age of 8. My PTSD stems from being abused as a child. By 17 I was heavily addicted to crack. My life has been turned upside down ever since.
About five months ago I was on the brink of taking my own life. I was homeless, on drugs and, for the most part, alone. A referral from a local hospital led me to Greenwich House and the staff took care of the rest. Upon arrival they were met by a lost and broken man. I had no purpose and no sense of worth or direction. I didn’t know what to do or how to handle my emotions, which often led to bad decisions and consequences.
Now, just five months later, I’m a new person living a normal life again. I have a steady job, I have helped others secure employment, I’ve reconnected with my family in a positive way, and I’ve been clean from crack for over four months. I’ve never felt better or more confident in myself than I do now.
Without Greenwich House, I would have been just another dead statistic. Instead I’ve found my way again thanks to the diligence and caring methods used by my counselor and her team. I’m living proof that with help from the right people, places like Greenwich House are not only needed, but they work.
I have the highest hopes and confidence that Greenwich House will continue to save more lives and reunite more families.
Respectfully yours, Airam
Many New Yorkers struggle to overcome substance abuse problems. At Greenwich House, counselors work closely with clients to provide focused and individualized care, helping each client remain committed to their recovery. By effectively treating the multiple and complex needs of patients, Greenwich House helps them achieve self-sufficiency, and removing those barriers that inhibit their entry into the workplace and society as a whole. If you are looking for help overcoming addiction visit greenwichhouse.org/cdp or call 212-691-2900.