For more than 20 years, Center For Family Services’ Recovery Network for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Loss program has provided help to members of the deaf community throughout the state of New Jersey who struggle with substance use disorders.
Shelly was smoking marijuana as much as 6 times a day and her dependence on the drug was negatively affecting her attitude and behavior. She lived with her parents and her 3-year-old daughter and would frequently boast about not having to pay bills and living in a world where everything was free. Her relationship with her mother was strained and her problems with anger prompted a mandate from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) for Shelly to attend Recovery Network treatment sessions twice a week.
During these sessions, Recovery Network counselors guided Shelly as she learned skills and behaviors that would help shape her thinking and attitude. Shelly progressed and in doing so, developed firm senses of self respect, personal identity, and responsibility. In November 2014, Shelly completed her one year of mandated RNDHHHL treatment and has maintained a life free of marijuana use.
Today, Shelly has a full-time job as a data entry clerk, her DCP&P case has been closed, and she is the proud owner of a car. She is also taking steps to improve her relationship with her mother, who is thankful for the changes the Recovery Network has helped her daughter to achieve. This past Mother’s Day, for the first time in her life, Shelly gave her mother a gift.
Through its wide array of services, the Recovery Network provides the necessary support and structure that individuals like Shelly need in order to achieve healthy, happy, and productive lives.