Bernadine Fried Assists Recovering Addicts Through the 12 Angels Evergreen Fund Public Charity: 501c3 EIN: 20-3198550.
Q: Why is the 12 Angels Evergreen Fund such an important advocate for recovering addicts?
Bernadine Fried: The goal of 12 Angels Evergreen Funds is to offer career mentorship to recovering individuals and business advisory services for businesses that increase jobs and opportunities for recovering addicts.
Q: How do these businesses offer assistance to recovering addicts?
Bernadine Fried: Unemployment and underemployment are at epidemic levels in the recovery community. We can improve long-term, sustainable recovery within our community by creating more jobs and recovery aware work environments. Businesses that provide opportunities to recovering individuals to start over and rebuild their lives are critical.
According to Bernadine Fried, the overarching goal of Wonderland EPA is to give help to people in the community who are striving to re-enter society after undergoing treatment for addiction. Wonderland EPA shares a broad range of resources with area organizations.
In the beautiful city of Laurel Canyon, California, Wonderland EPA has found a home in an unlikely place. The treatment center is based inside a former top-secret studio that was formerly utilized by the U.S. Air Force, says Bernadine Fried. There, Wonderland EPA assists clients dealing with addiction, trauma and other mental health issues by offering educational resources and social services. Wonderland EPA also promotes a sense of community, with a media and music center open to all residents within the community. Catering to the interests of these clients is just one of many methods that Wonderland EPA uses to encourage their growth and progress towards mental health.
In January, Bernadine Fried attended a benefit concert held by the David Lynch Foundation.
Q: What is the David Lynch Foundation and when did it begin?
Bernadine Fried: Film director and actor David Lynch began the practice of Transcendental Meditation in 1973. David Lynch credits Transcendental Meditation for giving him access to deeper creativity, energy and happiness. In 2005, he created the David Lynch Foundation as a way to promote world peace and consciousness-based education.
According to Bernadine Fried, many treatment centers are missing the point when it comes to optimal client care as treatment needs to support the client in their own lifestyle choices. The majority of programs don’t effectively integrate recovery into their client’s lives. Many centers demand compliance. They feel that if an individual can be kept isolated long enough away from their old acquaintances, favorite bars or restaurants, or the actual substance itself the client will achieve long term recovery. Treatment centers attempt to “crush” the individual’s ego and isolate a person from their “triggers”.
Bernadine Fried cites a recent article by Harvard Medical School titled “The Addiction Brain” when stating her case about proper addiction treatment. The article discusses the prevalence of addicts who go months without abusing the drug, only to relapse after a long period of abstinence. If relapse can happen even after many months of abstinence is it possible to develop treatment models that treat an addict in their same community without having to isolate the person for many months? We believe it is possible if we employ enough support for the individual in their local community.
Q: In your opinion, who is most qualified to treat addicts after their entry into recovery?
Bernadine Fried: The various aspects of an addict’s stabilization and subsequent treatment are served by a team of professionals and recovering people.
Q: What aspects should a physician be overseeing when handling these cases?
Bernadine Fried: Doctor responsibilities include psychiatric screening and assessment in the early stages, followed by acute care or detoxification followed by medication management.
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