Spero needs your help! We receive calls every day from people who reach their rock bottom – they deal with addiction for years, sometimes even their entire lives, and find themselves defeated by alcohol, heroin, meth and a host of other substances that offer a temporary relief. Then, in their most dire moment when they need someone’s help, they pick up the phone and call a treatment center. They’re ready to make a change. They’re calling to get help but if they don’t have a low-deductible, private-payor insurance policy, they probably can’t afford to get that help.
At that moment, some people accept defeat and go back to their drug of choice. Others keep calling and hopefully find Spero, which is less than 1/5th the cost of the average treatment program in Colorado for those who have Medicaid or no insurance at all. Still, some can’t afford $5,400 for a month of care.
Last week we received a call from someone just like that – a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to find lasting recovery but has no financial resources. He served in the United States Armed Forces and suffers from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which led to significant Substance Use Disorder (SUD). If we can raise scholarship funds to cover his costs, Spero will work with another treatment facility that specializes in TBI and PTSD to collectively provide him care for SUD.
That’s why we need your help. Spero is passionate about serving those who have served our country, which is why we created the Mitch James Veteran’s Scholarship Fund. We know nationally that those who have served our country are disproportionately affected by mental health and SUD, Because of this, Spero regularly receives calls from our service members reaching out for help. These are our friends and family members, and each person reaching out deserves the opportunity to find community, connection, and a life of peace and comfort.
Please help Spero support our veterans who reach out for help by donating to the Mitch James Veterans’ Scholarship fund which will be used to provide a month of residential recovery care followed by sober living for our military veterans who cannot afford the cost but desperately want change.
Mitch James was a son, brother, friend, and dedicated Marine who served his country bravely. People were drawn to his loving personality, hard work ethic and willing sacrifice for others. With his imposing physique, bold character, quick wit, and service to his fellows, Mitch was the quintessential Marine.
Because of his sacrifice for others and willingness to shoulder burdens that others would not, he wore a stripe of scars that many were never privy to see. He loved deeply but kept his trauma silent, quieted by the deceiving relief of substance use. Ultimately, it would be those scars that haunted the air when Taps were played in his funeral last year.
Mitch was always there for us when we needed him. He will not be forgotten. He was one of our own.
To learn more about Spero please visit www.sperorecovery.org