BENEFITING: Sober Living Cleveland
Addiction seems to touch every family. When we mention our goals for addiction recovery to new friends they often drop their head. Their expression changes. They know. They have also experienced the heart break and loss.
Over ten percent of the population suffers from addiction to alcohol or drugs. Drug abuse is an unacknowledged public health crisis in many areas. In Ohio, where our recovery organization is located, more than twice as many Ohioans died from drug overdoses than from vehicle crashes in 2013.
We continue to fail many people who bravely take the initial giant step of admitting their drug dependency and seeking help - not only is there a lack of treatment options for them, but also a scarcity of recovery housing to achieve long-term sobriety.
Recovery housing - also known as sober living homes and halfway houses - occupies the space between intensive inpatient treatment and returning home. Despite clear evidence in support of the benefits of recovery housing, availability is woefully insufficient. Lengthy waiting lists for the residences that do exist force those who have achieved sobriety back into the triggering environment where their troubles began.
Recovery from addiction takes time and needs to be managed, just like other chronic health conditions. For people in recovery, transitional housing is critical.
We have created a nonprofit organization, Sober Living Cleveland, Inc., (SLC) with a mission to empower people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs by providing safe, affordable sober housing, support for healthy habits, and a foundation for a better life. Our Board of Trustees is comprised of people in recovery, therapists, family members of addicts, and others who care deeply about the need for recovery housing programs.
Even if you have not suffered from addiction directly, you know someone who has.
We need your help to buy and renovate our first in a network of recovery residences to provide a new, affordable path to health-focused long term sobriety. Our holistic approach will include services, as needed, such as job skills, financial literacy, cooking and healthy eating, and working as a team within a family of peers to help each resident build a clean and healthy life.
Our fund raiser is close to our goal! So far, family and friends have donated almost $70,000! You can help put us over the top! Please consider making your donation of any size to help Sober Living Cleveland to establish our healing community.