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September is National Recovery Month

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - It's National Recovery Month, and this month the island's drug and alcohol recovery centers are opening their doors to the community to find out what you can do to help family members or even yourselves from kicking the addiction.

Isabel Quenga says she only new of one way to deal with life's struggles. But alcohol and drugs wasn't an easy habit for her to break away from, as she was hooked for the last twenty years. "I was doing meth, ice and I made it control my life, before I was addicted to chaos and it pleased me to be in anger and then meth was my partner in crime," she said.

A partner in crime that nearly left her dead, Quenga says once she woke up in the hospital, that's when she decided to make a change. "I woke up with my kids begging me not to die and I woke up to a beautiful granddaughter, the day I woke up she was born my first granddaughter," she said.

In the last year the island recorded eight hundred 67 cases of people seeking drug and alcohol treatment. Rob Zimmerman is the founder of the Oasis Empowerment Center. He says most resort to substance abuse following either a death in the family or a relationship problem. "All those kind of things can of things can really leave deep wounds in a person heart 2146 and many people turn to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain," he said.

He adds there is a 70 percent success rate in individuals completing treatment programs. Quenga has been an inpatient for two months at Oasis, and is hoping to become apart of that statistic. "I'm just tired of it, of being in that lifestyle and I got things to look forward to like my children and grandchildren," he said.

The Oasis Empowerment Center is hosting an open house tomorrow from 10am-1pm at their East Hagatna facility.

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