Any individuals dealing with substance use, addiction or mental health issues -- or their loved ones -- are being encouraged to reach out to The Way Out Recovery Rehab Santa Clarita and ask for help, organization officials said.
“Asking for help is absolutely the first step,” said The Way Out Recovery SCV Program Director Bob Sharits. “I’ve been clean and sober coming up on 14 years, and I’ll tell you what, I wouldn’t give this up for anything. It is the most wonderful journey that I’ve been on thus far, and it all started by me surrendering and asking somebody else for help. I could not do it by myself.”
There were many times that Sharits said he tried to turn his life around by himself, and he added that each time, he would be met with the same “wall,” and the process got harder the more he tried.
“I don’t know why it is so difficult for me and some other people to ask for help, but that’s when it all began,” Sharits said. “People have helped me and they’ve guided me and they’ve walked me through this thing called life so I can stay clean and sober and pass that on to my beautiful children.”
Today more than ever before, drug use, addiction and mental health issues seem to have a high prevalence, and available drugs are more dangerous and stronger; but at the same time, programs designed to combat this issue and treatment options are also significantly increasing nationwide in recent years, according to Sharits.
“Treatment is more available than it has ever been before,” he said. “We can absolutely find you the help that you need, if not with us, with somebody else. And also the treatments that are provided these days are better than they’ve ever been.”
Sharits continued, “We are doing our best to combat this ever-changing world of drug and alcohol addiction, substance use disorders and all the mental health (issues) and things that go along with it -- and we will keep doing our best.”