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We support San Antonio area individuals, families, agencies and organizations that are working on the mitigation, treatment and/or recovery of addictive substances and behaviors.
Addiction is a worldwide epidemic. It is estimated that in the United States alone, in excess of 28,000,000 individuals struggle with addiction. The ever-growing negative outcomes it produces on society, families and in the lives of individual addicts indicate that there are significant gaps between what is being done and what is needed.
A major influence in choosing to support this effort is our personal contact with this disease. We have been a personal witness of the impacts of substance abuse and other addictive influences and its accompanying pain; as we have witnessed members of our immediate and extended either become permanently disabled or lose their life from from the use of opioids. Additionally, several members of our team have conducted extensive research regarding the interdiction, mitigation, treatment and recovery of illicit drugs for law enforcement and other first responders.
Our Self-Funded Research Study
Despite our extensive experience in this area, we still chose to initiate a 4-month self-funded study to determine if we could identify specific gaps that would help us to better focus our efforts.
The following questions were addressed as part of the study:
Findings & Recommendations:
There is no shortage of quality information, 1-800 call in services, guidance, tools or resources that deal with every aspect of addiction. The problem is not in the amount or the availability of quality information or quality resources/programs, it is in the ability to easily find it. There are so many for-profit players in the addiction treatment space that pay huge sums to advertise on Google and Bing; that they have squeezed out exceptional non-profit informational products and services.
I conducted greater than 50 unique term searches related to Drug Abuse awareness, mitigation, recovery and support efforts and often had to search 2 -5 pages deep to find relevant information needed to support our research. Most individuals do not have that level of patience; even if their loved one is dying.
I have included some recommendations below on things we may consider assisting with or supporting as we move forward. As of this time, we don’t have the time to pursue all of them; however, to get started we will at a minimum:
Future Goals for this Effort
#1 | Establish a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the mission of becoming a leading provider of informational resources in this space. Mission objectives within this space could include some or all the following:
#2 | Create a Collation Web-Site that provides resources regarding mitigation, education, support and treatment for individuals, families, caretakers and in-take professionals (i.e. – mental health, medical, law enforcement, etc.).
#3 | Build a Volunteer Workforce. This is the area that is most lacking and in need. There are enough organizations, quality solutions, quality products, etc. available in this space. Organizations seem to be able to find funding sufficient for their needs. However, they are not able acquire enough funds to organize and distribute their capabilities to meet the demand that exists within the community, family or individual level. To be successful in this battle; more warriors need to be involved. A side benefit of recruiting a large volunteer workforce is in the fund-raising potential that comes with it. At a minimum, we should set a goal to recruit, train and empower an Army of 10,000 Community Mitigation and Awareness Program (M.A.P.) Volunteers within the San Antonio, Texas area.
#4 | Identify advocacy opportunities where we can provide greater visibility and assist with fund-raising efforts for those organizations that are doing a really great job in supporting whole person treatment (i.e. - mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually). I believe that the following would be excellent early targets to support:
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