The committee for “A Night for Nexus” benefiting east Dallas-based Nexus Recovery Center held a strategy meeting at The Statler recently, finalizing details on the Thursday, September 20th evening event.
Members of the committee present were Park Cities resident Jennifer Long with her daughter Davis; Tom Hotchkiss, Jonna LaGrone-Haynes, Uptown resident Karen Luter, Ashley Tatum, Jan Madigan, Park Cities resident Lindsey Sanders, Night for Nexus chair; Jana Brooks, Park Cities resident Janet Franks LaBarba, Diana Bandoh and north Dallas resident Alicia Peoples, Director of Development and Public Relations for Nexus Recovery Center.
Everyone is invited to join in support of their mission to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction at “A Night for Nexus” chaired by Lindsey Sanders.
This will be a fun-filled night of a seated dinner, dancing and bidding all in the very swanky and newly remodeled Statler Hotel, featuring the Downtown Fever Band. Alisha Laventure, WFAA Channel 8 news anchor is emcee. White Party theme. Black is an acceptable additional color.
Becca Crowell, president of Nexus Recovery Center said Nexus inspires hope, offers respect, and honors the unique differences of female addicts. In 2017 Nexus served 2,091 women and teens and 305 children, including 72 Nexus born babies.
Sponsorships and underwriting are available priced from $3,000 to $25,000. Individual tickets begin at $300 with limited availability. For more information, visit the web site at www.nexusrecovery.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214.321.0156 ext 2104.
Mission Statement: The mission of Nexus Recovery Center is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. We inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female addicts.
Statistics: In 2017, Nexus served 2,091 women and teens and 305 children, including 72 Nexus born babies.
In March 2018, Forbes reported that drug overdoses are the leading cause of death from injury in the United States and that women are more susceptible to become addicted to drugs as a result of gender-specific issues. The Hartford Courant reported that women face a higher risk for an opioid addiction and women have significant barriers to receiving treatment. Because addiction takes hold of women faster and results in increased negative physical effects, women generally come to treatment for addiction in worse shape than men.
Drug overdose deaths have outpaced motor vehicle accidents and gun homicides combined, killing Americans at a faster pace than the HIV epidemic did at its peak. The US consumes more opioid pain medication than any other country on Earth, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. These statistics have spurred multiple governmental entities to name this the defining epidemic of our generation.
Women-specific treatment is needed to accommodate gender-specific needs and barriers such as; child care, psychiatric problems, trauma induced by physical or mental abuse and increased inability to pay.
History: Established in 1971, by 1974, Nexus programs included therapy and life skills training and housed 17 women. In 1990 the facility relocated to a 12-acre campus in east Dallas to provide a wider array of services. The new space enabled Nexus to become a leader in treatment for women by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment. In 1991, Nexus expanded the adult women program to 40 beds. In 1993 because no treatment providers would accept pregnant or newly parenting teens Nexus began filling this service gap. In 1999, the Child Development Center was built to meet the needs of accompanying children. In 1997, Nexus opened a secondary site for outpatient services. In 2012 the adolescent program expanded to 30 beds.
Joint Commission accredited since 2006, a rare accomplishment in the non-profit sector due to the high standards required to earn and maintain. Nexus is committed to providing top-notch care for low-income women and their children.
Photo by Alicia Peoples.