Turning Point makes appeal

Turning Point makes appeal

Press Release:-The Director of Turning Point Rehabilitation Centre, Joanna Joseph, has made an appeal to family members and society at large to utilize the services of the centre for loved ones caught in the grip of substance abuse and addiction.

This appeal comes on the heels of an upscale in serious accidents and violent crimes on the island.  

“When you listen to some of the new reports you realize that people focus on a lot of the social aspects of those incidents, the crime, even suicides, violence, domestic as well as other types of violence and increase in the number of thefts and all those things.  We don’t always question what is the role of drug use, not just illicit drugs, not just marijuana and crack and those that we know are illegal but also the role of alcohol, ” Joseph said.

The Director of Turning Point noted that the role of substance abuse, particularly alcohol, should not be ruled out as a factor in the escalation of crime and violence the island is experiencing.

She said:

“Anytime somebody is using a drug that is going to affect how they think you must be concerned. When it is being used on a regular basis it will definitely have an effect on the person’s thinking, on their ability to use good judgment, on their ability to control their behaviour especially with alcohol which is known to be a disinhibitor. Meaning that alcohol frees up our anxieties. So things that we would not normally do, we feel free to do them with alcohol use.”

Turning Point offers a comprehensive programme that is designed to help their clients recover from drug dependence or addiction and return to productive living.  The Director added that  this year Turning Point is making a deliberate early appeal to individuals to recognize the signs of substance abuse and addiction and come to Turning Point for professional help in a confidential and safe environment.

” It can be dangerous for persons to try to quit drug abuse on their own. The risk of having blood pressure increasing to the point of danger and other sort of adverse effects from stopping alcohol is very high and it is very important that person who are addicted to alcohol seek medical help if they want to stop, ” she noted.

Clients who visit Turning Point for the first time go through a period of assessment to determine the level and type of treatment required from whence a treatment and rehabilitation programme is recommended around their needs as either part of an outpatient or residential programme.

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3 Comments

  1. In recovery
    January 23, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply

    This is a simple program THAT WORKS. It saves lives, not just the addict, his/her family too. Now my family and I can actually sit at the dining table together. This is such a wonderful feeling.

    1. Anonymous
      January 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm Reply

      Is it just a walk in or need an appointment??

      1. Jalyssa
        February 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm Reply

        Is it possible to be an out patient while doing the program

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