On my website, I hear from mainly two groups of people.
A.) Families who are in crisis of a loved one addicted to illegal drugs, prescription pain medications (opiates) or alcohol
B.) Families whose family member has just died from a drug/alcohol overdose and they want to help me support The Jennifer Act so their grief and agony of death to substance abuse does not happen to another family.
– The addicted need help to overcome their addiction. The opiate addicts need a place to detox (withdrawal) from their opiates, (including methadone) and the alcoholic need to DT from alcohol in a monitored facility. Many addicts and alcoholics are indigent. With that being said, having assistance/ATR Vouchers for substance treatment services is a huge step in getting an addict/ alcoholic the help they need. Step one is detox and withdrawal. An addict fears “dope-sickness” and an alcoholic fears the shakes, tremors and sickness. This is what keeps the addicted/alcoholic in their self destructive cycle. My goal is to bring this subject to the light with information, education and legislation to assist those who are in a life and death crisis.
Death did occur to my daughter, Jennifer Reynolds, Jan.15, 2009. She died of an accidental overdose after suffering with the disease of addiction for many years.
Thank you for your help and support of The Jennifer Act. We can do more to intervene and save lives. This is my advocacy, to save lives.
Access to Recovery
According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 20 million people need but do not receive treatment for illicit drug or alcohol use. To help close this treatment gap, the Federal government implemented an ambitious program to increase the availability of treatment services in the United States and help free drug addicts from addiction.
Launched in 2003, the Access to Recovery (ATR) program provides vouchers for treatment services as well as recovery support services. The goals of ATR are to expand capacity, support client choice, and increase the array of faith-based and community-based providers for clinical treatment and recovery services. In doing so, clients can choose a treatment program best suited to meet their unique needs.
SAMHSA Access to Recovery (ATR) Grants
What is Access to Recovery?
ATR is a three year competitive discretionary grant program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. ATR is a presidential initiative which provides vouchers to clients for purchase of substance abuse clinical treatment and recovery support services. The goals of the program are to expand capacity, support client choice, and increase the array of faith-based and community based providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services.