No parent wants to learn that their daughter is addicted to drugs. However for one New York area family, that nightmare came true this week.
Chavi* was always a sensitive child. But years of bullying took her from sensitive, to depressed. Her parents watched, helpless, as Chavi began to go off the derech. She came home late smelling of alcohol. They did their best to help her, but she did not want to be helped.
As clear as her struggles were, her parents never dreamed that she was addicted to heroin. Until this past week, when they found her collapsed in her room. Foam dripped from her mouth, her eyes had rolled back in her head. In minutes, Hatzolah was on the scene. Emergency responders used NARCAN to revive her, and her life was miraculously saved.
However, the battle is not yet over — Left to fend for herself, Chavi is powerless to her addiction. In an extraordinary moment of the strength, the girl has decided that she now wants help. She has agreed to enter a rehab facility.
The rehab program she needs, however, costs nearly $25,000. The girl’s parents are desperate to raise the money as soon as possible, as this is truly a matter of life and death.
*Details such as names and descriptions of events have been changed to protect the family’s privacy. The addiction, the overdose, and the urgent need for rehab, however, are entirely accurate. Local rabbanim and other reputable sources confirm the story’s legitimacy.