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Linda Gabbert Hohertz, Christine, N.D., Published January 23 2014

Letter: Addiction services must be timely, dignified

Thank you for the article on the lack of addiction counselors in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Jennifer and Kenny Lamb deserve help for their addictions, now. No one should have to wait.

On Feb. 12, 2012, we started on our discovery of recovery at Prairie St. John’s, and, don’t get me wrong, this program is premier, but the one that worked for us was offered through Southeast Human Services. Not a day goes by that we are not acutely aware of how lucky we are to have found the help we needed, when we needed it. We were treated with dignity and respect through every single step of the process.

Our child had a team who worked with her, and she spent almost a year in long-term sober housing and therapy. As of today, she has 18 months of sobriety, is able to live on her own, and has a full- time job. Southeast gave us the tools we needed, the push, the encouragement, the resources, and we did the rest.

To the legislators of this state: Your job is not over once the law has been passed; it is also to see that the system affected by those laws has the resources it needs to operate efficiently. Give these people what they need to meet the demand. If that is funding to help potential counselors through those 1,400 hours of nonpaid training, see that they get it. It just doesn’t seem that complicated.

I wish the Lambs the best of luck in their search for sobriety and serenity. Be brave, hang in there. Who would have thought that getting into a program would have been the hard part?

I am the parent of an alcoholic. We are in recovery due to the help we received through Southeast Human Services. One family, one addict, a lifetime of recovery.