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Yesterday I posted what I thought was a wonderful diary about opening a treatment center for women namely the Asbury House. It is a non profit treatment center exclusively for women that is desperately needed in the community where I live and work, in fact more communities could use such a treatment center and when our team gets this one off the ground then we should be able to open more in other communities or assist in opening more in other communities.  For those of you who tipped and shared the diary yesterday; thank you so much! Sharing information is a powerful way to raise awareness.

However we did not receive a single donation. So I thought to myself why, especially since we’re a non profit? And the answer I came up with is maybe I need some statistics and more detailed information. So that’s what I’m going to do today I’m going to offer additional details and some statistics and references.  I am not going to repeat what I said yesterday so please go back and read the diary if you missed it. I wouldn’t want to be accused of diary pimping even though I’m pimping for a good cause.

One population that we plan to serve is women veterans.   Now I’ve seen a lot of press and lot of great words for how we support our troops and how we need to do better by them when they return but we also need to put the services in place and put our money out there not just our words.   Yes there are veteran facilities that service returning veterans but they have a long way to go in addressing the substance addiction and co-occurring mental and behavioral health disorders that women need.  Many VA hospitals are overcrowded, are near large urban areas and they do not factor in the needs of the family system of the veteran.  Many communities have additional services for male veterans but do not have equivalent services in place for female veterans and our organization is in a community that requires additional services for women and women veterans.

One of the fastest growing drug problems in the United States including among military veterans is prescription drug addiction.  Below is a link that discusses some recent findings regarding our returning soldiers and prescription narcotic dependence.

In fact according to the White House’s office of National Drug Control Policy the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in the United States has been classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you click on the link then look under topics.

This my friend is a political issue related to women that spans the spectrum of weakened communities, broken homes and damaged lives.  The social costs are enormous.  People can’t do much if they are numbed and drugged.

Research has shown that women are targeted more than men when it comes to advertising the benefits of prescription drugs (Steven, Andrade & Ruiz, 2009).

Research and studies have also shown that gender specific treatment for women specifically those that address cultural, parenting, family, untreated trauma  and mental health issues are more likely to attract women to treatment, increase positive clinical outcomes,  and prevent relapse (Greenfield, Cummings, & Gallop, 2010;  Najavits, Rosier, Nolan, & Freeman, 2007; Stevens et al., 2009).

According to Stevens et al (2009) in 2005 there were 6.5 million women age 18 or older who met the criteria for the abuse and/or dependence for alcohol and illicit drugs; that statistic does not include abuse and/or dependence on prescription drugs!

The women in our communities need our help. I’m trying very hard with the help of a few other dedicated souls to do something about it in our community, won’t you please help? Also suggestions greatly appreciated!


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  •  Marina (5+ / 0-)

    As the founder of a 501 C regarding veterans.  There are a few reasons you may have not received donations but don't throw in the towel.  You need to link your services with a webpage even if it is a Facebook.  You also need to provide info regarding your services, the area your org. ..The Tax ID number and as much
    information of documented work on behalf of veterans that you have  Pics..letters...etc.  There  is a charitable outreach listing here on Kos as well.  Rebel Ga has the links and I provided the Kos with all of the documentation as well as Netroots did upon starting up their group.  The other reason is that it is the end of the month and people are virtually broke now more than any other time of the month.  Good Luck in this worthwhile project.  It is like anything else.  One must make a name of work they provide and get recognition in some feasable way to fundraise.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 12:09:49 PM PST

    •  Hi and Thank you! (2+ / 0-)
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      glorificus, Vetwife

      I appreciate all your wonderful comments and suggestions. Yesterday I did post a fact sheet and a capital campaign letter.  I think I'll write about this every day to get the word out.  I'll be able to provide testimonial once we have opened the treatment center doors later on this year. But we have to be careful with pics etc. because of the confidentiality laws that protect people who are in alcohol and drug and mental health treatment.  We are still working on our website which is it points to our business profile currently and I provided people with the link to our articles of incorporation on my previous post.  I'll keep in mind that it is the end of the month though and maybe not enough people have seen the diary yet. Thank you again! Marina

      •  We have much of a similar problem with pics (1+ / 0-)
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        Marina Asbury

        because so many are in harms way and hard times,
        the dignity is to be respected no matter what.  Bottom line we just struggle penny to penny.  Good luck and hoped I helped some.  Please do something I have meant to do and get some honorary members with high profiles.

        We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

        by Vetwife on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 06:04:01 PM PST

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