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by Anthony De Jesús, Integrated Paseo

Addiction is nothing short of a difficult road to travel. We all know someone who may drink too often, or who use drugs but want to quit. Our past is something that stays with us and some of us want to escape. Some people ‘self-medicate’ and use substances to escape the pain; others find ways to work through their troubles without substances but need help along the way. The “Seeking Safety” Counseling Program was created to help individuals in the face of adversity. It is geared towards helping individuals with co-occurring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and addictions overcome substance abuse and suppress triggers from PTSD. Any individual interested in participating will go through a screening process and, if they qualify, begin the “Seeking Safety” program.

Integrated PASEO offers FREE “Seeking Safety” counseling at the Norwegian American Hospital every weekday,Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Also at the Norwegian American Hospital every weekday, Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Integrated PASEO offers FREE testing to individuals for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV), and other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). For those who screen positive, a FREE referral is made for treatment; any individual who screens positive for substance abuse and PTSD are allowed to participate in the “Seeking Safety” program. Or stop by the Garfield Park Community Center location on any weekday,Monday through Friday at anytime between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM, to receive free HIV and HCV testing and screening, free harm reduction kits, free female and male condoms, and free packages of lubrication.

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