How to help a traumatized friend?
April 30, 2012 10:21 AM Subscribe
Help me help a friend dealing with trauma/mental health/addiction issues in Georgia.
posted by dortmunder to Human Relations (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'll try to keep this short. I recently had to get a friend of mine out of the emergency room. I hadn't seen her in years, and her life is a mess. She is struggling with addiction and mental health problems, and was recently tossed out of rehab for not following the rules (she did not relapse and is still clean).
To make matters worse, before she went to rehab she was beaten, raped, robbed and left for dead. She is physically, mentally and emotionally traumatized. I'm not sure what kind of crisis counseling she has had, and she willl not talk to the police because she was attacked in a small town and apparently her attacker is well connected. She cannot return to her family in that town because A) they are very upset and B) her attacker is there and she would not be safe.
Right now I am working with my friend and her mother to try and help get her food stamps and Medicaid because she is on a lot of medication for her mental health problems. Beyond this, however, I am unsure what, if anything, I should be doing. Beyond offering to take her to NA meetings, I'm not sure there's much else I can do. I would welcome any reccomendations for specific organizations that could be of assistance (I'm in Atlanta, GA), or general resources for dealing with a traumatized individual, as I feel a little out of my depth. Thanks.