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Jacqueline, A Single Mother, Battles Addiction with the Help of Catholic Charities

By Dean Scher, PhD, LCSW

Jacqueline is a 50-year-old single mother of a young teenage boy. She is also a heroin addict who has received treatment services through the peer advocates at Catholic Charities.

As CEO of Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan & Ulster, and throughout a more than 45-year career working with people with substance use disorders, I have watched the tragic effects the current opioid crisis is having on our communities. It has become the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 50! Nationally, more than 200 people a day die from a drug overdose.

Just like the crack and methamphetamine crises of previous decades, there are vulnerable members of our communities who suffer with the disease of addiction and look for a place to turn. I am proud that people like Jacqueline have been able to turn their lives around thanks to the work of Catholic Charities.

Learn more about Jacqueline and her battle and the resources of Catholic Charites in Dean Scher’s blog, “Meet Jacqueline, a Single Mom Battling Addiction.”

Watch Jacqueline's story on YouTube.