SCAN helps woman in new program

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- There are a relative handful of people in our area who dedicate themselves to tackling the problem of drug addiction.

Some of them are making a special effort to work with women, and the circumstances that surround their addiction.

At Serenity Women's Recovery Home, in Rio Bravo, Kassandra Salazar is on day 65 of her 90-day recovery.

She wants others to learn from her experience.

Kassandra started using drugs at 14.

Marijuana led to pills, and then alcohol abuse led to more.

Women and substance abuse is what SCAN Clinical Director Gabriela Perez pays special attention to.

Perez says about 6 out of every 10 patients she sees, report being abused.

She says that's because of the places and people associated with drug activity.

Perez says women can also fall into drugs after being victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

She says that kind of therapy doesn't work.

Anyone interested in learning more about this kind of help can contact SCAN and ask about the "Healthy Women on the Border" program.

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