HEALTHCARE ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS, INC.
13TH ANNUAL GOLF FORE RECOVERY
WE’VE GONE VIRTUAL!

Every year, we hold the annual H.A.S. Golf Fore Recovery Event – a great day for a great cause! Due to recent circumstances, we’ve had to bring the tradition online. The event was established in 2008 to raise awareness of behavioral health issues, support H.A.S. programming, and build our ties to the Chicagoland business community. All proceeds benefit H.A.S. programs including mental health and substance use treatment; help for individuals experiencing domestic violence and postpartum depression; and programs that steer at-risk youth away from substance use, teen pregnancy, and gang involvement. While there may be no green to navigate this year, we believe we can still come together to make a difference!

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Meet the 2020 Golf Fore Recovery Honoree, Ed Stritch!

As a longtime supporter of Healthcare Alternative Systems, and member of the board, Ed has dedicated time and effort into the growth of our organization and expansion of critical services. We thank him for his continued commitment to the H.A.S. mission of empowering individuals, families, and communities.

Ed is the founder, President and CEO of The Concord Group, a Project Management and Cost Estimating firm in Chicago, Illinois.

Make a Donation
To donate via check, please contact Maria Padilla at MPadilla@hascares.org or call (773) 252-3100.

ABOUT HEALTHCARE ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS, INC.

Educating Communities

H.A.S. strives to bring individual and community based program initiatives together to promote stronger, healthier and family-friendly communities.

Programs for Youth

Youth programming at H.A.S. provides healthy alternatives to risky behaviors, instilling the life skills youth need to become productive, well-adjusted adults.

Programs for Women

H.A.S. provides bilingual and culturally-sensitive programs addressing issues from substance to emotional abuse designed to meet the unique needs of women.

Programs for Men

H.A.S. provides programs for English and Spanish speaking men in recovery that focus on providing them with tools to transition to substance-free self-sufficiency.

Your contribution to Golf Fore Recovery will be applied in its entirety to prevention and treatment programs at H.A.S.

Read some of our participants’ stories below.

Daniel* - MAT Program Participant

Daniel* began using heroin when he was about 40 years old shortly after being released from prison. “It started off with a good feeling,” he says, “but then I started running into the withdrawals and it became a need instead of a want.”

Soon, the negative consequences of drug use began to increase. His girlfriend left him, he lost his job and began selling drugs. Daniel eventually returned to prison to serve first a 2-year sentence, then a 2-month sentence. “I looked at myself and could not recognize myself,” he says. “I dropped to my knees and started praying.”

In 2012, Daniel came to the NEXA Medication Assisted Treatment Program (MAT) for help. He attended regular meetings and was inspired by other participants who had been clean for 15-20 years. Daniel states that treatment helped him learn a lot about himself. “The MAT program allowed me to be sober and fully participate,” he says. He became more engaged in treatment, attended trainings to facilitate support groups, and participated in consumer advisory boards.

Currently, Daniel is a peer educator and navigator with Cook County Health (Core Center). His plan is to continue to give back to the community by supporting individuals who are released from prison, and those struggling with drug addiction.

Maya* - Postpartum Depression Program Participant

Maya* came to H.A.S. following the birth of her first baby. She was quite tearful and felt she was a “failure as a mom.” Maya blamed herself for many things that were out of her control – like getting an epidural when she wanted a “natural” birth, having difficulty getting her baby to latch on during nursing, and even the baby’s slight neonatal jaundice. Maya felt incapable of soothing her crying baby and would get frustrated when her efforts to calm him failed. Additionally, her fear of losing her child to sudden infant death syndrome(SIDS) was so great, she would barely allow herself to sleep. Maya’s therapist incorporated a variety of tools to aid in her treatment, including weekly therapy sessions utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, daily relaxation exercises and mindfulness skills, and learning to accept help when it was offered. Maya says that these methods, supplemented with medication prescribed by the H.A.S. Advanced Practice Nurse, helped her “clear the fog that seemed to be clouding [her] brain.” Over the next few months of treatment, Maya noticed a significant improvement in her mood, energy level, and overall outlook on the future. “I finally began to enjoy my baby and motherhood, in general,” Maya explained. “I am so grateful that I didn’t put off getting help…it has made all the difference in the world to me and my family!”

Alex* - IOP & Continuing Care Participant

Alex* came to H.A.S. at a very vulnerable time in his life. He was struggling with alcohol abuse and on probation. After assessment, Alex enrolled in several treatment programs, including Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Continuing Care. During this time, he registered for courses at College of DuPage, completed welding training, and found employment as a welder. The positive changes Alex made as a result of treatment were recognized during his probation. He contacted H.A.S. after he completed Continuing Care to share the good news that he had been able to regain full driving privileges and buy his first home! We are so proud to be a part of Alex’s recovery journey.

Miriam* - Basta! Domestic Violence Program Participant

Miriam* is a participant in the Domestic Violence counseling services at the Basta! Program. After living with her abuser for many years, and facing constant emotional, verbal, financial and physical abuse, she turned to H.A.S. for help. We provided her with the support she needed to reclaim her life. Through pro bono lawyer referrals and angel funding, Miriam was able to file divorce papers, obtain orders of protection and apply for child support. Since then, she has enrolled in classes and started a part time job. At H.A.S., Miriam received emotional support, psychoeducational domestic violence education, referrals, case management and court advocacy services. She continues to attend individual and group sessions at the Basta! Program. Miriam now reports that she has a greater understanding of domestic violence, stating, “I don’t want my children growing up around that and the program helped me to finally realize it.”
Make a Donation
To donate via check, please contact Maria Padilla at MPadilla@hascares.org or call (773) 252-3100.
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