The Opposite of Addiction is Connection
Louisa Gould, Duffy staff member
"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."
The Right Support System
Travis, Former Client
"I was lost in many ways and didn't realize I deserved anything better. I couldn't hold a job, a relationship or even a friendship. I felt I had nothing to live for.
After seeking help at Duffy, my life has completely changed. I learned that I am a person with values, morals and a future. Duffy has helped me deal with life clean and sober. Suboxone has helped me take care of the cravings while I deal with life situations. It's not just a medication program. There are groups, counseling and other skills to teach you to cope with life's terms. I honestly feel that to quit using drugs you have to want it and work for it.
From the time I walked in the door, I was treated by everyone who works at Duffy with dignity and respect – from the receptionist, doctors, nurses, social workers to the insurance case manager. At Duffy, you can work on yourself in a comfortable environment. The staff is supportive; they treat you like a person without judging you or making you feel less than you are. Without this program, I feel my life would still be in shambles. I'd recommend it to anybody who wants to get clean or is looking to get clean.
Now, I have a full time job where people trust me with expensive equipment, to supervise crews and interact with customers. I surround myself with positive people and have friendships that are clean and sober. I pay my bills and feel I am a decent human being in society."
Life After Cancer
"I first arrived at Duffy in March 2013. To be honest, I was a mess. After a year, my life began to improve in every way.
The Connections worker saw me when I first arrived and helped me set a plan of action. My medical issues were addressed by my nurse practitioner, who spotted cancer and got me over to the Cancer Center at Cape Cod Hospital. I had vulvar cancer and received chemotherapy and radiation. By the fall of 2013, I was cancer free. When I was well enough, I got right back to Duffy.
My providers addressed my physical issues, and my therapist set my counseling in motion. She is wonderful. My psycho-social issues are being addressed. I saw a psychiatrist and I feel better than I've been in 30 years.
My personal issues are being addressed by my case manager. He's a God send. He's helped me in every way he can from paperwork to transportation. I'm now waiting for Senior Housing.
I now have Mass Health and Social Security, but most of all, peace of mind.
Everyone at Duffy is amazing. The professionals and all of the employees are top-notch. Patients who had no hope, as I was hopeless, now know they can depend on Duffy to address all issues and help rebuild lives."
A Place to Call Home
Donna, Former Client
"I would just like to say that without all the wonderful people at the Duffy Health Center I wouldn’t be where I am today. When I came to the Duffy Health Center, I was frightened of life. I was homeless. Now, for the first time in my life, I have a place of my own. They helped me with doctor appointments, housing and counseling. They gave me hope. I am so grateful for their support and guidance. Without the Duffy Health Center, I am afraid to think what would have happened to me."
Staying Healthy and Sober
Jessica, Former Client
"I just wanted to thank you for putting all of this time into helping me when I know that there are so many more important things that you could be doing. You totally caught me by surprise. I honestly, no matter how much I try, think of the last time anyone did anything of the sort to try to help me. I was really prepared to die on the streets although that’s not what I’ve wanted to do. I can’t ever thank anyone this much. If there was anything that I could ever do to show my appreciation, I would. How about I just do my best to keep myself healthy and sober as much as it is possible?"