Based in Houston, the Cenikor Foundation is one of the oldest and most successful substance abuse treatment centers in the nation.
It took me a while to write this piece due to the sensitivity of the subject matter. The image you see, an acrylic piece by Sandra Corbin, self-taught artist out of Bakersfield, CA, perfectly described what I genuinely believe how we all should see people who are suffering from addiction… someone who is crying out for HELP. Let’s not pretend. We’re all adults here. We all know someone who has struggled with addiction and substance abuse. Few of them actually come out and verbally say they want or need help, but their actions scream for it. Some of us have witnessed it first-hand with a loved one; we can testify to how absolutely devastating it is to witness. Statistics suggest that some of you reading this have personally dealt with substance abuse or will deal with it in the future. We can argue back and forth about the implications of such statistics or what exactly drives people to substance abuse, but what we cannot do is ignore it as if it something exclusive to a “certain type” of person. Addiction, substance abuse and the development of other behavioral health issues do not discriminate, and this subject strikes close to home. this is the reason I chose to write about the CenikorFoundation. I encourage you to continue reading; what you learn may lead someone in a life-saving direction in the future.
Cenikor Foundation is fighting substance addiction with services throughout Texas and Louisiana.
Before opening its first facility in Houston back in 1972, the foundation traces its roots to a few years prior to a group men who were suffering under the crushing weight of substance abuse and addiction while incarcerated. Yes, incarcerated. The non-profit organization I am highlighting right now was started by those who are usually forgotten and discarded by society. It was 1967 when inmates at the Colorado State Penitentiary founded Cenikor. “The concept was based on group help and peer identification principles. The inmates were committed to breaking the cycle of substance abuse and the criminal behavior that supports their addictions.” With little funding, these inmates were determined to reverse lives caught up in the cycle of addiction and develop a program that would show others how to become productive and responsible citizens. Since its foundation in that state penitentiary, Cenikor has grown and developed and now assists approximately 1,000 people per week.
Second chances do not come very often in life. I mean like real second chances; second chances to be a better person, to do better things and have a better life. Most addicts, my self included, allow themselves to settle for less than what they are worth because they don’t believe they deserve more. Cenikor taught me to have faith in myself and to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that my life is important and I do matter. I love the person I am today. Thanks to Cenikor, I have been given an opportunity, a second chance, to change who I used to be into who I want to be. – Kristina A.
It don’t matter what it is, you are strong enough to beat whatever you feel is trapping you. You’re worth it. Don’t let no one or nothing convince you otherwise. Substance abuse and addiction is not a joke. Don’t let the music and media fool you to believe being an addict is entertaining or cool. Your favorite artists or rock stars would be just as talented or iconic without the drugs, don’t believe the hype. If you’re reading this and you feel like you may need some help, push your pride to the side and give Cenikor a call. Self-care is important.