Substance Abuse Counselor Offers Comprehensive Services on Crenshaw & Wilshire
“I was just interviewing someone who couldn’t leave her kids to go to a residential program because she doesn’t have anyone to take care of them,” recalled certified substance abuse counselor Danny Laws, who is also director of the Laws Support Center in Los Angeles.
“She was worried about the Department of Children and Family Services coming in to take her kids away from her. She has a substance abuse problem… And, these are the types of stories that we hear on a daily basis.”
Laws started the center in 2004 but he’s been the healing business since 1998, when he graduated from Charles R. Drew University in Watts. By then, he said, he was already privy to the damage that unchecked mental illness and drug abuse can do to a community. However, his initial efforts at running a facility during that time were hampered by financial woes.
Now, with help from community donations and other funding sources Laws runs the center on 54th Street and transitional housing on Crenshaw and Wilshire.
“Our services include health education, crisis intervention, parenting, relapse prevention, life skills, anger management and self esteem building,” Laws explained.
The transitional house on Crenshaw is for men, he said, and it contains 35 beds.
“A lot of guys come out of prison (some because of AB109, the low level offender prison release program) and they’re being switched over to probation,” said Laws.
“The problem is that AB109 does not implement substance abuse treatment. It implements ‘get a job.’ They’re asking somebody who’s on methamphetamines to go to a job training to get a job.
“So, we provide a comprehensive healthy living environment for those individuals, with mental illness and substance abuse problems. We provide food, structure, referrals, they have cable television… you know, it’s a nice place for them to live and be as far as getting their lives back together.”
For more information on Laws’ program, the center or how to help call 323-294-5204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.