‘Hope Not Handcuffs’ Receives Big Donation to Help People Struggling With Substance Abuse

A new program launching in Traverse City aims to help those suffering from substance abuse.

“It’s scary to suffer from the disease of addiction,” Madeline Begley said.

A relatively new group in Traverse City is getting a big bonus in the form of a $9,500 gift to Hope not Handcuffs.

“Hope Not Handcuffs idea is to, in lieu of jail, help those suffering with substance abuse disorder, have a safe place to go turn themselves in, and get treatment with love and compassion from the law enforcement center,” Hope Not Handcuffs volunteer Begley said.

The financial support comes from 100 Women Who Care.

“Addiction is obviously a problem that affects really almost anyone in some capacity whether it’s themselves or someone they love,” Kristin Marinoff with 100 Women Who Care said.

Hope Not Handcuffs is part of Families Against Narcotics, working with police to help those in need.

“There’s so much stigma and I think there’s a lot of fear of “I’m going to get in trouble, I’m going to get caught. And who is there to help me,” Begley said.

But now help, not fear of getting in trouble with the law is exactly what they’ll find.

“The law enforcement center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You walk in and ask to see an angel,” Begley said.

“It gives us an opportunity in our community policing philosophy to assist citizens that have addictions to get the help they need versus taking them to jail,” says Traverse City Police Department Captain Keith Gillis.

“We actually will walk them and help them through the process to get them the treatment, not just with the substance abuse disorder but the underlying mental health issues,” Begley said.

A mentor “angel” can help with a free intervention before the addiction leads to criminal activity or time behind bars.

More angel volunteers are needed, get the details here.

Visit Families Against Narcotics here.