"Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
I have decided after years of frustration and having my son fall through the cracks with county programs that I am going to go down fighting for my son's life. I refuse to be handed his death sentence by the way of an "I am so sorry but all the County Rehab beds are full and there is a very long waiting list...I wish you the best."
I know that my son's addiction can not be overcome by his own will. He started using marijuana at age 13. We exhausted county programs, spent money we did not have on treatment camp and drug rehab schooling. He never received the help that he needed due to our lack of finances.
The County does have programs but all are overwhelmed and understaffed. Drug addiction among our youth is at an all time high. Can we just sit back and watch the children that we love so - kill themselves as they are bound by addictions that they do not know how to stop; because we do not have money to get them help?
My son has been hospitalized now three times. He has been held for 72 hours, let out and it has been left to me to "find help" for him. All the programs that can "help" him cost thousands and thousands of dollars. The free programs are not intensive enough to really help get to the bottom of his addiction. Meeting with a social worker once a week - is not going to help my now heroin addict. California is cutting funding to those who need it most - people like me - who are among the "lower financial class" - just trying to stay afloat in this economic hell.
I never in a million years thought that MY son, the one raised in church, baptized at age 8, the one who wanted to become a minister,a loving big brother to 3 younger brothers, the one who has a heart for elderly and handicapped people would EVER become a DRUG ADDICT.
I choke as I am forced to write those words. I have been forced to watched helplessly as he has begun to slowly kill himself. At age 13 in a middle school bathroom he and his friends devised a scheme to steal food from the lunch line and sell it so they could purchase marijuana from one of the other boys high school brother. Marijuana led to every other street drug you can imagine as well as ones you probably do not know exist.
Now - HEROIN. I am confident that my son will be dead if I do not raise awareness - and help others to save their sons and daughters. I can not let the lack of money stand in the way of saving the lives of our next generation. I have done research over the past 5 years and know that successful programs cost $15,000 to upwards of $80,000. I have found one in orange county that is a Christian sober living rehabilitation home. The cost of this program is $6,900. This is my last hope. I will do all I can, sell everything I have left to sell to get my son help.
I have set up this Benevolence Fund - Love the Lost Foundation in an effort to raise funds needed to help my son and others in my situation.
If people would just donate a small amount - together we can help our youth. It is my goal to raise as much money as I can to help as many of our children and save them from themselves. If left to follow their peers, their invincible attitudes and desires to experiment they can and will be left scarred for life, brain damaged or dead.
Would you join me in helping to save the lives of our sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends? What these kids do not realize is that their actions impact so many other lives than just their own.
I appreciate you helping to spread the word. Together we can impact our future and those who are our next generation.
This is my cry for help.
I need you to help me save my son and others like him.
IF YOU WISH TO SEND A CHECK TO HELP FUND TAYLOR'S REHAB WE WOULD BE SO BLESSED...
MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO:
28715 Los Alisos Blvd. Ste 7-348
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Memo: JOURNEY REHAB for TAYLOR LINDNER