We’ve all made jokes about it … The infamous “Crack is wack” line delivered by Whitney Houston will probably be etched into human vernacular forever. I know countless people who dressed up as Tyron Biggums, the undeniably honest and humorous crack addict as portrayed by Dave Chappell, for Halloween. But for many, drug abuse is no laughing matter.

For those effected by substance abuse, it is a very serious matter. According to the most recent data from WhiteHouse.gov, Louisiana is one of the top ten states of recorded cases of abuse of non-prescription pain killers. The drug-induced death rate in Louisiana is higher than the national average. And, roughly 4% of Louisiana residents admitted to using an illegal drug (other than marijuana) within the last month. Again, this is another statistic that is higher than the national average, no pun intended.

I used to be oblivious to the seriousness of substance abuse in Louisiana until I began working at Cenikorwhich is a nonprofit facility in Baton Rouge that provides substance abuse rehabilitation services. I’ve witnessed first hand patients enter the facility broken and agitated, but leave mended, encouraged and with a realistic plan of how to remain sober and become active citizens. 

Cenikor is able to provide these much needed services largely in part by the support and financial backing of the community. And, this is where YOU can help!
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“Long live the rose that grew from concrete.” – 2Pac Shakur

Cenikor is hosting its annual luncheon/fundraiser on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Boudreaux’s from 11:30am – 1:00pm. The event will be hosted by NBC33’s Jeanne BurnsMusical Entertainment will be provided by violinist Shaun Ward, Youth Minister D. Montrell will provide encouraging words, and Miss Louisiana USA 2014 will be our special guest. Cenikor will also be honoring a philanthropist, business partner, community leader and elected official of the year. You will also hear first hand accounts from patients who have received services from Cenikor.

I am personally appealing to individuals and companies to support this event and organization. A limited number of individual seats and sponsorship tables are still available. By attending, you will not only experience a dynamic event, but you will be helping to combat against substance abuse, which will in turn improve our community and state.

I can be contacted at [email protected] or 225-218-1960 ext. 4959 to secure your sponsorship and tickets.

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