Opening more doors to Hope

 

As important as detox is, it’s only the first step on the path to recovery. After the patient has successfully detoxed, a strategy for sober living must be established. It’s a long-term process that requires personal discipline and a network of caring individuals close by. Recovery Housing, where patients stay long-term and readjust to a life post-addiction, can be an essential part of that process.

Once a patient is discharged from detox, avoiding the people and places that may lead to a relapse is imperative. Too often, patients are left with options — homeless shelters, family members or potentially even the streets — that can stand in the way of recovery.

Recovery Housing provides a safe place, free of alcohol and illegal drugs, with a network of peers to help one another through the difficult times. And studies show it works. Recovery Housing residents experience decreased substance use, decreased incarceration rates, increased family and social relationships, and improved social and emotional well-being.

While Recovery Housing is available in the Toledo area, the recent surge in opioid addiction has created an even greater need. In addition, rules regarding admittance into this housing can vary from agency to agency, meaning continuity of care can often be compromised.

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Unison Health believes in a seamless continuum of care for patients who face the challenges of addiction, one that combines substance abuse treatment with behavioral health and primary care to meet the specific needs of every patient. That’s why we’re working to establish Recovery Housing that follows the same standards as other Unison Health services. It’s the best way of ensuring continuity of care and creating a smoother transition for patients.

To make Unison Health Recovery Housing happen, we are relying on the support of the entire community. We recently received a pledge of nearly $500,000 in grant funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, as well as $83,000 from the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County. In order to receive these funds, though, we must raise approximately $100,000 in matching funds by December 31, 2017. It’s a goal within reach, with support from our entire community — including people just like you.

We have already received tremendous support from Unison Health’s Board of Directors and staff. You can help open more doors to hope by contributing today!

Questions regarding Unison Health’s Recovery Housing campaign should be directed to Kitty Slight, Director of Communications for Unison Health, at 419-936-7535.

You can make Recovery Housing happen! Help create hope in our community by contributing today.

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