Williamsburg group specializes in treating addiction in teens, young adults

Williamsburg group specializes in treating addiction in teens, young adults


(ANITA) 10 ON YOUR SIDE CONTINUES OUR IN- DEPTH COVERAGE OF THE OPIOID CRISIS — (ANITA) WITH A LOOK AT WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR AN AGE GROUP — AND A REGION — THAT ARE BOTH UNDERSERVED. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TEENS ON THE PENINSULA. (TOM) A LOCAL WOMAN LOOKED FAR AND WIDE TO GET TREATMENT FOR HER DAUGHTER. SHE TALKED WITH INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER CHRIS HORNE ABOUT THE NEED FOR MORE PROGRAMS AIMED AT HIGH SCHOOLERS. (CHRIS) SHE WANTS NOT JUST MORE PROGRAMS — BUT MORE AWARENESS OF ONE IN PARTICULAR THAT’S ALREADY IN PLACE. (CHRIS) DIANA MITCHELL AND KIM DELLINGER STAY IN TOUCH ON A REGULAR BASIS. ONE LOST HER CHILD. THE OTHER IS WORKING WITH FAMILIES TO SAVE THEIRS. (CHRIS) C 27 33:53 DIANA MITCHELL MOTHER — FOR ME MY LIFE TOOK A TURN WHEN I WAS WAS IN TREATMENT FOR HEROIN ADDICTION. A SWIMMER, FIELD HOCKEY PLAYER AND TOP STUDENT AT BETHEL HIGH SCHOOL, BROOKE WANTED TO BE A NURSE. C 24 32:45 DIANA MITCHELL MOTHER — SHE GRADUATED WITH HONORS. MITCHELL WANTED TO GET BROOKE INTO A LOCAL TREATMENT PROGRAM – BUT PEOPLE KEPT TELLING HER TO GO ELSEWHERE. C 20 29:16 DIANA MITCHELL MOTHER — GO TO CHESAPEAKE. GO TO VIRGINIA BEACH. GO TO RICHMOND. REALLY? BROOKE EVEN WENT AS FAR AS FLORIDA FOR TREATMENT. LOCAL PROGRAMS WEREN’T DON’T NEED TO BE PUTTING 17 YEAR OLDS WITH 50 YEAR OLDS. I MEAN, SHE WAS GOING TO NAR-ANON MEETINGS AND HER AND HER GIRLFRIEND WERE BEING HIT UP ON BY OLDER PEOPLE. COME ON! THESE KIDS ARE IN HERE TO GET WELL, AND THEY NEED TO GET WELL. AND THEN IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR, BROOKE MITCHELL OVERDOSED ON WHAT SHE THOUGHT WAS JUST HEROIN. C 20 29:55 DIANA MITCHELL MOTHER — MY DAUGHTER WAS FOUND WITH TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF FENTANYL, AND ACTUALLY A COCAINE MIXTURE, WITH COCAINE, MOLLY AND CRYSTAL METH PUT IN IT. IF ONLY THERE WERE A LOCAL AGENCY THAT SPECIALIZED IN TREATING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ADDICTION. TRAGICALLY – IT TURNS OUT – THERE WAS. MITCHELL FOUND OUT ABOUT IT ONLY AFTER BROOKE HAD DIED. C 20 28:32 DIANA MITCHELL MOTHER — AND I WENT IN MY CAR AND CRIED. CAUSE IT WAS RIGHT HERE, AND NOBODY SAID A WORD. AND IT’S BEEN HERE FOR 40 YEARS. C 1 10:36 KIM DELLINGER EXEC DIR BACON STREET — WE’RE A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION AND IT’S OUR MISSION TO DO THIS WORK KIM DELLINGER RUNS BACON STREET. SHE LETS PARENTS KNOW THAT A TEEN’S CRAVING FOR RISKY BEHAVIOR IS APPROPRIATE AND PART OF THEIR DEVLEOPMENT INTO ADULTHOOD. THE KEY IS FINDING HEALTHY OUTLETS FOR THAT NEED TO PUSH BOUNDARIES. C 1 8:47 KIM DELLINGER EXEC DIR BACON STREET — ENCOURAGING KIDS TO GO ROCK CLIMBING, OR ENCOURAGING KIDS TO TRY OUT FOR THE DEBATE TEAM, OR BEING INVOLVED IN ATHLETICS OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT MIGHT BE A HEALTHY RISK, BUT STILL A RISK FOR THEM PRE-PRO DELLINGER SAYS PARENTS NEED TO BE ALERT FOR SIGNS OF CHANGE, WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR CHILD’S FRIENDS ATTITUDE GRADES SOCIALIZING BACON STREET OFFERS THERAPY FOR PARENTS, TOO. C 1 11:49 KIM DELLINGER EXEC DIR BACON BE A PARENT YOU COULD BE A GRANDPARENT. YOU COULD BE PARENTING ADULTS. MITCHELL IS HOPING MORE AGENCIES WILL USE BACON STREET AS A MODEL. C 20 29:31 DIANA MITCHELL MOTHER — WE AWAY, CAUSE THE KIDS ARE FALLING LEFT AND RIGHT. BUT THERE’S NOTHING FOR THE KIDS AND THAT’S WHY I CALLED YOU. (CHRIS) MITCHELL ALSO WANTS INSURANCE COMPANIES TO EXTEND BENEFITS BEYOND THE TYPICAL 30 DAYS OF TREATMENT. WE HAVE MORE ON BACON STREET AND ITS PROGRAMS AT WAVY DOT COM. CHRIS HORNE 10 ON YOUR

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