They say that sometimes you need to “look good to feel good.” And if that’s the case, more power to those people. Interestingly enough, one recovery facility in Cincinnati is seeing some clear results from that philosophy by offering special beauty makeovers for clients who are overcoming addiction.
The city’s Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (also known as UMADAOP) was recently profiled on the local news for their inspiring “beautification” techniques. Offering everything from haircuts, to facials, to manicures and pedicures, stylists working in conjunction with UMADAOP have offered free touch ups to help encourage recovery and boost confidence.
“It’s important to build self-esteem and to allow other people to see that treatment really does work,” Dr. Kamaria Tyehimba, the president and CEO of UMADAOP of Cincinnati told the local ABC outlet. “We want to turn around perceptions and show our clients that there really is hope.”
Recovering opioid abuser Deborah Corey was also profiled in the segment and allowed cameras to showcase some glamorous “before” and “after” shots. She admitted that once her addiction took hold, she lost interest in keeping up her appearance and hadn’t even used makeup in over a decade.
After getting spruced up, Deborah was shown to be happy and optimistic about her drug-free future.
“This whole makeover felt kind of good, really,” she told the reporter. “I feel like I’ve been given a second chance.”
And Dr. Tyehimba was quick to point out that although the news segment featured women, they have happily offering makeovers to male clients too. The results have been just as promising, with men finding new confidence in their improved appearance. One other interesting note was that Dr. Tyehimba’s clientele was primarily African-American. That is something she openly acknowledged and vowed to turn around. She said she was hopeful that tactics like these makeovers will help other minorities see the hope that recovery can provide.
“We do have a lot African-Americans using opioid-based drugs in this community,” Dr. Tyehimba said. “And we’re not necessarily proud of that. It just is.”
We were definitely inspired by Dr. Tyehimba’s optimism and the shining happiness coming from Deborah after her stint in the makeup chair. To get a full glimpse of this interesting treatment tactic, we encourage you to watch the full ABC segment below. And please feel free share it with anyone looking for a little positive encouragement.