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Heroin treatment program reunites moms and kids

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A graduation celebration was held for mother who completed CDC Alternative. A graduation celebration was held for mother who completed CDC Alternative.
BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Families ripped apart and mothers losing custody of their children are two serious losses in the Tri-State's heroin epidemic. 

A new treatment facility is Butler County is aiming to reunite families that have been separated by drugs.

CDC Alternatives looks like an indoor playground, but it's actually a place where mothers who have been separated from their children can visit them under supervision. Program director Kristen Hoffman says it's also a place where mothers can seek addiction help.

"The goal of the program is to build more healthy resilient women and so that they can raise healthy children and meet their emotional and physical needs and I think that we've succeeded here."

Hoffman delivered that speech to a pair of women who just graduated following seven months of intensive outpatient treatment.

We'll call the women Ann and Betty to protect their identities.

Betty says heroin devastated her life. "I was kind of bad off on the drugs, using heroin. I had two people OD in my house at the same time and I called the ambulance and went to jail."

Betty also lost custody of her children and so did Ann who says she came to the program with low self-esteem, but that's all changed. "When I came in here I felt worthless. Now I feel
like I'm somebody and I didn't realize all the attention that my family needed." 

Betty says recovery can be a rough road. "We had to work through a lot of emotions and talk about our traumas and things that you just don't care to share with people. It's hard."

The hard work has paid off and Ann says it's changed her priorities. "Keep my sobriety, to get my kids home and live a clean healthy life."

CDC Alternative Interventions is currently accepting only women involved with Butler County Children's Services, but that may change as the program expands.    

Both women featured in this story are now in the process of regaining custody of their children and, of course, they must stay off drug to keep their kids.

CDC Alternative Interventions is currently accepting only women involved with butler county children's services, but that may change as the program expands.    

Both women featured in this story are now in the process of regaining custody of their children and, of course, they must stay off drug to keep their kids.

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