On a Mission to Treat Addictions

[MUSIC] So Mark, this certificate Cornerstone honors and recognizes your outstanding achievement of completing cornerstone treatment given this 25th day of February >> About a year ago I was in a pretty sad place in my life, living on the streets

Drinking everyday >> I had a near death experience But see I'm here, I'm here to save my life We're dealing with our lives You know this ain't a joke

>> I came in here a hopeless dope fiend and today I'm a dopeless hope fiend >> [APPLAUSE] >> The Cornerstone program look at a combination of positive and negative reinforces to help a person, control their substance use disorder >> The mission, most of its existence, it was a shelter for homeless men, and now 70% of the people who work here even at senior levels, like myself, are people who've come through the program >> It takes a lot of work It's not an easy task

I've had trouble with that for almost 30 years >> Right Now some of you all brought up by saying that self-esteem is a word or is this- >> One of the things that we were missing was a clinical licensed substance abuse program >> Helping Up Mission actually reached out to Johns Hopkins And we were able to work out a way of integrating evidence based treatment into the great work that's already being done here at the mission

>> Psychiatry is one of the most important things you can have at a place for 500 men who come in broken, and are dealing with mental illness and substance abuse >> Satisfied me at the moment What was different for you this time in treatment that might have been different for you last time? >> Everyone knows that it's hard to make a behavior change Whether it was heroin, cocaine, something that is pharmacologically driven to change your brain and change the way that you focused your life, You can understand why it's a little bit more difficult This is a partnership that we need to continue to foster

>> It's folks like Johns Hopkins who can come in and provide a top level of that particular care It's a win, win for everybody 365 days Spiritual Recovery, Anthony Hoaks >> [APPLAUSE] >> Guys who've been down a hard road, they are very perceptive to people who aren't genuine Dennis is in the culture He understands who we are and what we do

He's a part of the family >> Seeing clients come from the point of having so much difficulty with stopping a use disorder to seeing them, celebrating getting their GEDs, getting their first job is a rewarding thing and something I'm proud to be a part of

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