Unison Health Recovery Housing: What You Need To Know

Category: Blog

Published: April 4, 2018

Plans are coming together to transform Unison Health’s Jefferson Avenue space into Recovery Housing, a place for people who have bravely taken their first steps toward a life free of drugs and alcohol. Once they’ve moved into this 16-bed space, they would be living among people who have made a similar commitment to sobriety, and they would have access to the therapy and primary care that can make all the difference as individuals in recovery successfully reintegrate themselves into society.

FACT: Recovery Housing Provides a Better Chance at Maintaining Sobriety

In many ways, the days right after detox are among the most important. Go back to your old life, and you’re in danger of going back to your old habits. Find yourself with no place to go, and the pressures of homelessness can lead straight back to relapse. Finding a safe place where staying clean is the first priority can make all the difference.

That’s what Recovery Housing provides — a safe place to rebuild real hope for people living with addictions of all kinds. And Recovery Housing works! In addition to reducing substance use and incarceration rates, Recovery Housing improves social relationships, and promotes emotional well-being. The residents are living with people who have shared common experiences, and they can be there for one another at times when the pressure to use can seem overwhelming. 

FACT: Unison Health Offers a Complete Continuum of Care

The best way to combat addiction is to treat every facet of every person — their physical health as well as their mental health. Unison Health’s approach provides a continuum of care, in which the treatment of substance abuse disorders also integrates behavioral health and primary care. Recovery Housing represents the next step in ensuring that continuum of care.

Unison Health will take a hands-on approach to ensuring our clients are staying off drugs and alcohol, making sobriety a prerequisite for living in the facility. Because the people living in Recovery Housing will be Unison Health clients, they will have access to 24-hour service.   

FACT: Recovery Housing Is an Investment in Our Community

Addiction not only harms people and their loved ones, but it also affects the entire community. The costs associated with addictions, including emergency medicine, law enforcement and more, have been skyrocketing since the opioid epidemic began taking hold in this region. By providing a safe place to readjust to a life without drugs and alcohol, Recovery Housing delivers savings for the community as a whole. Based on the costs associated with providing further substance abuse services, and factoring in the illegal activity and incarceration that accompany addiction, Recovery Housing is estimated to save the community nearly $29,000 per person.

FACT: Opioids Are Killing People Every Day. Recovery Housing Helps.

There’s no debate that the opioid epidemic is ravaging this region, and greater access to Recovery Housing can help solve the problem.  There were 151 opioid overdose deaths in 2016, an increase of 34% over 2015 numbers. The Coroner’s office is estimating 182 deaths in 2017 which would be a 21% increase. However, our community currently has the capacity to serve only about approximately 15% of the people exiting detox. Together, we can help people who are living with addictions of all kinds get back on track — and your support is vital. Call or email Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz today and let him know you support the Unison Health Recovery Housing facility. Someone’s life may depend on it.

Call 419-245-1001 or email mayor@toledo.oh.gov today!