I am on the board of PEER Services, a one-of-a-kind substance abuse and treatment facility in Evanston. It is the only facility I know of that treats people whether or not they have insurance, looking only at how they can help a person get back to who they really are and out of drug dependency.
You know my story: my wonderful son was a limit-pusher, and got into trouble with drinking and messing with marijuana (before it was legal). It escalated and escalated, to the point he was accused of using cocaine by the courts. (He wasn't.) It's easy to talk about this now that I know who he became - it wasn't easy when it was happening, and we were desperate to figure out how to change the path he was on and get control before he got badly hurt, and potentially assembled a criminal record that would follow him into adulthood.
I know adolescents are limit-pushers, and I know many of you either have one in the house, out of the house, or on the way to becoming one. PEER Services made a big difference in the Baskin family story, and I want that difference to be available to other parents whose wonderful adventurous limit-pushing kids get in over their heads.
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