In Their Own Words
"I Can Live"
A Duffy Case Manager was visiting a patient in the hospital last week. The patient had another visitor, a former patient who had moved to the Upper Cape and is now seeing other health care providers. After he apologized for no longer going to Duffy for his medical care, he said, "You know, Dr. Lisa taught me that I can live. I didn't think I could, but she taught me I could." He went on to praise staff from many years ago and how they had helped him so much. He said he would never forget what Duffy had done for him.
The Power of Socks
One of our patients who is staying at the shelter comes in for weekly therapy. He has had a tough time, with severe mental health issues throughout his life. He landed here at Duffy, and now receives his medical, behavioral health and psychiatry care here. He had been applying for jobs and not getting any calls back, and he's been upset about that. During his recent appointment he received 2 pairs of Bombas socks, as Duffy recently received a Bombas donation. After the patient left, he called his therapist to say he got a job interview! Duffy offered a taxi voucher to the interview, otherwise it would have been a rainy 40 minute walk. After the job interview he called his therapist to let her know his training for the new job would start the very next day. "It's amazing what a fresh pair of socks can do for your confidence," he said.
The Opposite of Addiction is Connection
"Duffy's John Barboza, Certified Addictions Registered Nurse, recently built planter boxes for the Youth MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) group. He dedicates his life tirelessly to Duffy Health Center, to his work, to his patients and to his colleagues.
On his vacation, John made these boxes with love so that the Youth MAT group can learn to ground themselves with gardening. This is the first part of a larger, collaborative garden project with the Youth MAT group and the Men's MAT group. Part of our work is to teach them grounding skills, but also to grow their own food for self-sustaining purposes. We are trying to teach them the value of community and collaboration, by incorporating the older men in the program and learning from them. Lastly, we are trying to teach them the value of restorative justice and giving back to the community in recovery.
John came in on his day off and delivered these beautiful, handmade boxes which he even took the time to carve. Our patients' faces were priceless when John walked in with these. They lit up. These young people feel so loved by our staff. The opposite of addiction is not abstinence, it is connection. Recovery is about forming healthy and positive attachments and connections. Our patients do well here because they are able to do that, first with the staff and then with each other, and hopefully then with the community."
Life After Addiction
David, Former Client
"When I was in the very early stages of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, I came to the clinic for medical attention for my asthma. I had lost everything – including my family – when drinking took over my life and I had no stable place to call home. While working, my medical condition became a barrier to remaining employed. A friend told me about Duffy and gave me a ride there. The unconditional acceptance and exceptional medical care helped me turn my life around. Now I help others find their way to Duffy while finding my own way into a master’s degree program and a second chance on life."
Mark, Former Client
"When I was a patient at Duffy Health Center I was mentally and emotionally unstable. I am now working full time and living just outside of Boston. Both my therapist and social worker there were of immense help. My social worker there was instrumental in getting my Mass Health reinstated after it had been cancelled. I was immensely fond of my therapist there; in fact I looked forward all week long to my weekly meeting with her and after moving here wished, and still do, that I could find someone like her for therapy. In short, finally, I received excellent care at Duffy Health Center, and only wish I could find care here to match the services I received at Duffy."