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New trauma center for women opens in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Substance abuse impacts every community in America. Locally there's a new option to help those willing it receive it. A new program aims to help women battling addiction and trauma.

Kelsey from Northern Illinois doesn't want to be identified, but is willing to share her story with us. She says life hasn't been so easy.

She says, "I've been on drugs since I've been 14."

Kelsey has been apart of "Her Story" at Gateway in Carbondale. She adds,"It's homey. I love that about this place. They make you comfortable regardless."

Kelsey started the program on January 7th and she explains there's a lot of learning and growing she has to do.

Kelsey explains, "On a paper you write down your daily goals and if anything is going to prevent you from meeting that goal."

A'nna Jurich, the executive director of Gateway in Carbondale, tells me there was a large need for the program. She says 80-percent of people that come into a residential program, probably have experienced a significant trauma.

She says, "Either in childhood or even as adults so those are some of the underlying symptoms and they create some of the symptoms of the co-occuring mental health and their huge relapse triggers."

Jurich says his program is different because it's a 12-bed facility that only caters to women.

She adds, "We've felt that it's just a really important need as part of the holistic recovery approach that we take."

Kelsey says she's confident this time around her story will help her get better. "It's easier to talk with the counselors cause their just easy to talk to and it makes it a lot easier to open up," she adds.

For more information on services call the Gateway's 24-hour helpline at (877) 505-4673.

Fahima Paghmani

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