WellSpring Resources Receives Grant to Help Woman

WellSpring Resources recently received a grant from the Alton Woman's Home Association to help low-income women overcome opiate dependence.



WellSpring Resources recently received a $10,000 grant from the Alton Woman's Home Association. Grant funds will be used to fund Medication Assisted Recovery Services (MARS) scholarships for low-income women who are pregnant or parenting while addicted to opiates. The grant will cover the expense of 2 to 3 women who need MARS, but cannot afford it.

Women who are addicted to opiates and pregnant or parenting are a priority population for MARS, because addiction affects the children of the addicted mother. Unborn children who are exposed to opiate consumption can experience adverse affects in the womb, like birth defects. Addiction to any substance can lead to bad choices and neglect. Treating women with opiate addiction helps both the mother and her children.

Medication-Assisted Recovery for individuals with opiate addiction requires methadone treatments. Methadone is a synthetic opiate that helps stabilize patients against withdrawal while blocking the effects of drugs like heroin and morphine. With the help of medical professionals and a treatment plan, methadone doses can help individuals stop their pattern of substance abuse. According to the California Society of Addiction Medicine, methadone maintenance is associated with a success rate of 60 - 90 percent.

Please contact Anne Tyree, Chief Development Officer, for more information at 618-462-2331.

The purpose of the Alton Woman's Home Association is to serve needy women and children in Madison County, Illinois.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring's compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, 4,600 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring's mental health and substance abuse services. Visit www.wellspringresources.co for more information.