Community comes together to discuss substance abuse recovery and prevention

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POSTED: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 5:05pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 5:35pm

Hundreds of people in Baton Rouge came together Thursday to discuss substance abuse and prevention.

“I hated it, I was sick and tied of being sick and tired I wanted to give up, I wanted to die," said Tonja Miles, a recovered addict.

Tonja Miles was an addict, a substance abuser and on the verge of giving up on life, until she saw that help was available. "Now my life mission is to help others and tell the recovery is real and they have nothing to be ashamed of there is hope help and heeling in our community."

So now she is an advocate for recovery and prevention at the Capital Area Human Service District where she says she sees lives change each and every day.

“They also have something that's unique to our community and that’s the same day service where you can walk in,” noted Miles.

And with forums that get community input, their services have been quick to develop.

”Violence prevention is a huge issue and we know in the Baton Rouge community substance abuse really fuels lot of that so we take our prevention efforts with kids very seriously,” said Executive Director at the Capital Area Human Services District, Jane Kasofsky.

"The thing about addiction is it does not discriminate doesn't care if your black white rich or poor,” noted Miles.

Tonja took the tools available in the community, turned her life around, and decided to help others along the way. "We need to be together in this fight."


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