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Forum addressing substance abuse to be held Thursday

Inside the Capital City, there are a wealth of resources to help with substance abuse, a problem that affects all age groups, and every ethnicity.

"Our culture and the norms that surround substance abuse is one of the deterrents to people accessing care," said the Capital Area Human Services District Prevention Services Director Vivian Gettys.

Unfortunately, many people don't know about those treatment options, which is why the CAHSD is hosting a public forum to show the community the help available.

The CAHSD has walk-in appointments, in-patient programs, outpatient programs and more that treat the mind body and even soul of an addict.

"We do everything. We teach them about the substances they are abusing, the side effects, the problems they could happen. We also have a peer support group, 12 step programs and we try to deal with it at every level," said psychiatrist Dr. Aniedi Udofa.  

More importantly, the forum is about prevention and giving the community the tools to stop addiction before it starts.

"It is an opportunity for our public to have an input in our treatment, tell us what their looking for and how we can tailor our treatment to fit their need," said Udofa.  

"We are really trying to reach our younger people," said Gettys. "This is something that we really need to address as a community. It takes all of us."

The forum begins at 9:30 a.m. and goes until 11:30 a.m.  It will be held inside Building Two of the CAHSD located at 4615 Government Street.

For more information, go to www.realhelpbr.com.

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