September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, which is why the FBI and DEA have teamed up to help lower opioid and prescription drug abuse.
Julian Correa is a licensed chemical dependency counselor at Emergence Health Network who says he used his experience as a former drug addict to change people’s lives.
“I can be walking downtown and I’ll spot it because I used to be part of that culture,” says Correa.
He says drug and alcohol addictions are something he sees affecting his community everyday. That is why Correa decided to turn his life around and help others going through what he went through.
“I want to carry the message not the mess, I want to tell people that there is hope and to reach out,” says Correa.
The FBI and DEA created the documentary “Chasing Dragons: The Life of An Opiate Addict” to demonstrate the increasing danger of drug and alcohol abuse in the community.
People looking for help with drug abuse or addictions can get help from counselors like Julian through Emergence Health Network’s Addiction Services Division and the OSAR (Outreach, Screening, Assessment and Referral) program. The clinic is located at 1601 E. Yandell Dr.