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Federal funding may help addiction recovery

Posted: 9:35 PM, Jul 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-07 11:34:02Z

With the state facing a growing heroin epidemic Michigan could soon be getting more funding to help addicts get treatment.

President Obama is asking Congress to okay $1.1 billion to expand things like recovery programs and prescription drug monitoring. Michigan's cut would be 28 million dollars over the next two years.

Local recovery programs say it's all about helping a person find what works for them.

"I wasn't planning on stopping using," said Corey Warren, who is a recovering heroin addict. "Recovery for me started off as a need. I needed it in my life, I needed it to be able to live. I knew I was going to die."

Warren says it took him years to realize that, and he knows getting help is not a one size fits all fix. He went through a mix of programs but says it was his friends who really made the difference.

"Having young people like myself who also didn't want to use drugs and alcohol, when I found that, that was really the game changer for me," Warren added.

That's why he started the RISE Recovery Community, to help others through the same process.

"They talk about that cliche one day at a day and it really is one day at a time," Warren said.

His program is just one option. Wellness InX in Lansing is also helping people through recovery.

"It's not just calling one place, it's many places you can call," said Co-Owner Rev. Dr. Deborah Smith.

Smith says it's all about knowing what resources are available, so when someone decides to make a change they can find the right fit.

She's also on a team working with local emergency rooms to start giving patients information about getting help.

"We can't expect that everybody who enters in a crisis situation had the intention of getting clean and sober that night, but we certainly can get them prepared to start thinking about it," Smith added.

Family can also make a big difference, something Warren's mom Jacque Liebner knows all to well co-founding RISE with her son.

She says the best thing family members can do is try to connect them with recovery options.

"We can't fix what they're going through," Liebner noted. "We try to, but we can't fix it. Really it's about helping the addict find the source that they need to find their own recovery."

A process Warren knows lasts a lifetime.

"I've struggled. I still struggle. Push through those tough times because recovery turns out to be an amazing way of life ," Warren added.

"I have things in my life that I never, ever thought I would have. I'm engaged, I have two amazing dogs, I have a house, I have friends that I would do anything for. My family is back in my life. I've opened up an amazing organization with my mother, we own a tattoo shop. The list goes on and on of things that have happened because of recovery."