Losing someone you love to a drug addiction can spark the need to help others in your community who are battling a drug addiction. Many people don’t realize how much of an impact they can have on their community if they are willing to put in the effort. You don’t have to be rich, a politician, or a celebrity to help addicts get the help they need to overcome their addiction and lead a better life.
Hold Fundraisers for Rehab Treatment
Many addicts aren’t successful when they try to overcome their addiction to drugs because they aren’t able to get the help that they need. Going to a drug treatment facility, like SMC Recovery can be a great way for addicts to be able to overcome their physical addiction to drugs and to be able to get the mental care they need in order to have long term success. Being able to get help with the withdrawal symptoms at a treatment facility can make the process easier for the addicts.
Fortunately, many facilities like SMC Recovery accept different payment options for the treatment they offer, but this doesn’t always make it an affordable option for everyone. Holding a fundraiser to raise funds for the treatment that addicts need could help to save someone’s life. You could have bands play a gig as a fundraiser, hold a car wash, or even a bake sale. It’s important to promote the event thoroughly so that you can raise as much money as you possibly can.
Establish Support Groups in the Area
Once addicts complete a rehabilitation program, they need to be able to have a solid support system they can turn to so that they can have a good chance of sticking with their sobriety. Go around to local churches and talk to them about creating outreach programs. There are 12-step programs that can be established to help support people within the congregation and their community.
Hold GED Training
Many addicts make mistakes early in their life and can’t get the education that they need in order to have success economically. Being able to get a good job can help anyone get back on their feet and start rebuilding their lives. Getting a GED will open a lot of doors to people who have overcome an addiction and do not have a high school degree. Most people cannot pass the GED certification test without some training first. If you are a good tutor or think that you may be, you could start a GED training program on your own. If you feel you aren’t the right person for the job, contact local schools to see if there are any teachers or teacher’s aids who would be willing to lend their skills from time to time to a group of individuals looking to better themselves.
Hold Resume Writing Seminars
When someone goes to apply for a job, having a great resume will be essential. Most people don’t know the first thing about creating a resume on their own and need help learning how to arrange everything on their resume and what information they need to include on it. Consider holding a seminar where you teach people how to create a great resume to highlight their skills in informative and interesting ways. You could also review any resumes that they have created so that you can help guide them toward changes they may want to make to ensure they are as appealing to future employees as they can possibly be.
Hold Mock Interviews
Many addicts have never actually gone to a job interview. Job interviews can be very stressful and practicing for them can help to build someone’s confidence and make it more likely for them to get the job. Holding mock interviews with people allows them to learn how to speak during the interview and how to answer questions so that they highlight their assets in a unique way. Knowing what to expect can make many people feel more confident about the situation and truly shine when they go in to speak to a potential employer.
Create Health Screening Opportunities
Meet with local doctors to see if anyone will help you hold health screenings for the addicts. Drugs can cause a lot of damage to the body and being able to have their eyesight checked, their teeth worked on, and their overall physical health checked can help to ensure that people get the care that they need. Many doctors will volunteer their services for a good cause.
Hold a Clothing Drive
Most addicts don’t have appropriate attire for a job interview hanging in their closet waiting to be worn. Consider holding a clothing drive within the community to find business attire that the former addict can wear they go for their first job interview. Having a professional look and feeling good about themselves can help people to present themselves well when they go into the job interview and give them the confidence they need to really shine.
It will take time before you can implement all these different outreach programs in your community. You could start your outreach by simply talking to addicts who have started the steps toward recovery. If they know that they have someone to talk to, it could inspire them to stay on the course and work hard to give up their drug addiction so that they can live in a healthy and happy way. It will take time before someone can rebuild their lives after a drug addiction, but with the right support, it will be much easier for them to do than it would be if they had to do it on their own.