NAWILIWILI — Sometimes, the most effective means of preventing people from entering the trap of drug and alcohol abuse is to hear from those who have been there.
That is the goal of the Hope, Help and Healing Kaua‘i’s latest program, “Been there, done that.”
This program will stimulate the at-risk community into understanding the damaging effects of drug addiction and alcohol abuse by providing speakers to attend group functions where they can share their former substance abuse experiences that resulted in traumatic life experiences, a press release states.
The goal is for children and other at-risk groups to better understand the impact of addiction and make a difference in a child’s perspective about using drugs or alcohol, the release states.
Young Bros. Community Advisory Board released a $1,000 grant which will go toward compensating some of the speakers for their work in this program.
The release states that the funds they receive as compensation can be used to continue their education or build savings for their futures.
Currently, Hope, Help and Healing houses five men and five women in two separate facilities. The organization residents are working as productive citizens in the community.
Donna Jollay and Mary Scott Lau, also currently the director for Women In Need, are the co-directors for Hope, Help and Healing, which is partnering with WIN.
Hope, Help and Healing also works closely with Hina Mauka and Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center warden Neal Wagatsuma as well as the Drug Court.
HHHK is a participating agency with the Kaua‘i United Way.