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Omaha woman, previous addict, helps other Nebraskans after battling the bad habits that almost ruined her life

OMAHA, Nebraska – According to Michelle Young, she let the days pass her by while she was addicted on opioids.

“Anxiety, not being able to sleep, and unstable moods,” stated Young.

Michelle claims that she, like a large number of other people, became addicted to opioids when a doctor prescribed them to her.

My struggle with addiction lasted for a total of nine years, during which time I was in and out of rehab for three years.

Her particular situation resulted in a neck injury for her. Then, life handed her even more blows, including the death by suicide of her son. In 2019, she reported that she had the feeling that she had reached her lowest point:

“Hopeless, and I knew that if I didn’t receive help and get clean soon, I wouldn’t have much longer to live.”

Michelle started receiving extensive trauma treatment, which included both intensive outreach and intensive counseling. It assisted her in developing healthy coping abilities, but she feels that the support from her family was the single most helpful factor.

“My family has always been there for me when I needed it. They basically indicated that they maintained appropriate boundaries at the bottom of their business, and they warned that “if you don’t get help, you’re going to lose everything.”

In Omaha, at the addiction treatment facility known as Northpoint Nebraska, Tiffany Gormley serves in the role of clinical director.

She mentioned that the healing process of an individual’s brain during rehabilitation can take some time.

According to Gormley, “receptors are starting to irregulate in those 60 to 90 days after someone stops using dopamine, so it’s vital to have assistance in those 60 to 90 days.”

Tiffany encourages folks who are in need of services to make consistent contact with the treatment clinics that are located in their area.

“Anyone who is seeking for resources can call our admissions line, and we’re not the appropriate fit for them. They can call us at any time. “My hope is that we can connect them with some of the other options that are available in the community,” Gormley added.

Michelle is not only doing well in her recovery, but she is also currently working at Northpoint, and she has a message for those who are watching right now who might use some assistance.

“It’s never too late, and that you matter, and there are so many people out here just like you who are waiting in the recovery community to welcome you with open arms,” she said. “It’s never too late.”

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