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For James, a middle-aged man who had had many losses in his family due to substance abuse and community violence, alcohol became a way of filling the deep void in his life. When he entered Helen Vine Detox Center he was a man grieving the loss of loved ones and of himself to alcohol. Desperate to break the cycle but feeling helpless about his ability to do so, James signed up for a free one-hour counseling session with a CIP intern-therapist. With this support, James was able to understand how alcohol amplified his feelings of loss and separated him from the caring community with which he longed to reconnect. With renewed spirit, James decided to pursue ongoing therapy at CIP as one of several key steps to support him on his recovery journey.

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