The goal is to raise awareness and funds for those who struggle with addiction. I will be teaming with the Seraph Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to raise $20,000 to send one person to drug and alcohol treatment.
Upon completing my 5th day of detox I was informed that my insurance would not cover inpatient treatment. I completely lost it, balling my eyes out and hyperventilating lost it. If I hadn’t been in a treatment center when I got that news, I know what my first reaction would have been. The same answer I had gone to for the last 15 years. I knew that it took everything within me to get to this point and if I left I wasn’t sure if I would ever get back. I didn’t want to leave, but had no idea how I would pay for it. The insurance company suggested out patient treatment. Which are classes a few days a week. Hiding my addition from everyone for as long as I had, I knew this wouldn’t work for me. I had tried some court order forms of this off and on for years, and it just didn’t worked for me. Through a loving family that never gave up on me, a treatment center who is in the business for the right reasons, I was in it for the long haul.
Today, I am still paying off the cost of my treatment. It is the greatest investment that I could ever make, an investment in myself. My future. My life. If I had to have the money upfront it would have never happened and I don’t want to think where I would be today. 76,000 people die each year in the USA from drugs and alcohol. There are people out there dying every day from this disease that want help but have no idea how to get it. The thought if saving money in addiction as not even an option. I mean if you have an extra $100, that’s a good night or at least a good start to the night…or day.