PO Box 354
|Letter from the Founder
The 1st quarter of 2021 is quickly coming to an end and 24/7 House has once again been blessed. Without the love and support from our contributors and volunteers it would severely handicap our ability to help so many. Our annual budget is approximately $250,000 with love offerings accounting for 20%. Again, we are blessed with so many supporters who believe in what we can accomplish with their help and the love of Jesus.
Our focus for 2021 has been constructing a transition house for our men. We will be changing our program from 12 months to 18 months with the last 6 months being a transition period in a separate house. In this transition program residents can have cell phones and their automobiles and more responsibility for their recovery and yet still have their “recovery family” for support along with house rules.
We have learned over the years re-entry is a most vulnerable place for residents after completing our program. Our mission is to fill the gap with the transition house. 24/7 house has had 2 women’s transition houses donated by Baxley Christian Center; the “House of Hope dedicated to Emily
Timberline who completed our program and died of cancer immediately afterwards. And the Upchurch Family has also donated a home for our women after completion. It is their responsibility to pay for their rent and keeping themselves accountable while still enjoying the fellowship of their housemates in recovery. These homes have added so much to our women’s program and success rate.
Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated and needed as we will complete this men’s transition project ministry to be successfully in 2021.
Thank you so much,
|Adriana a recent graduate:
To get through the hardest journey we need to take only one step at a time, but we must keep stepping. I heard that recovery is not a destination it is a journey. Destination is when you have reached something; accomplished a task maybe. A journey involves obstacles and challenges, it is something that is continued. In my recovery I have faced challenges and obstacles. What I like to call them is growing opportunities. The process of my recovery has not been easy; it has been challenging. Learning how to live in the stresses of life without using has been hard. When I came to the 24/7 House, they did not tell me it was a bed of roses. I have never had structure, no stability, no way of coping with life. I used to live and lived just to use. For many years I relied on chemicals to drown out my misery and pain and suffering. One day I no longer relied on it to take away the pain I felt, one day that chemical chose me and enslaved my body. Bound to destruction, I could not stop even when I wanted to. Drugs and alcohol became something that I now served. I was lost, hopeless, and beaten. My Family disappointed me, and my friends became almost useless. I became a victim without a chance. Addiction is not something you go through once, its chronic and remains with you every day. Today I stand knowing that I am no longer bound to a chemical, I am no longer a slave to sin. I stand up in a battle I face regardless of the obstacles and challenges. I serve a mighty God who has led, guided, and protected me. He broke the shackles from my feet and left the 99 for me! I am no longer a victim and I am no longer the same person who came through the doors. I am victorious. I am worthy. I am enough. You want to see a miracle, look at me!!
|TODAY I AM A CERTIFIED ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR
MY ADDICTION JOURNEY BEGAN EARLY IN LIFE.AS A CHILD I FELT DIFFERENT THAN EVERBODY ELSE, MAYBE LIKE I DIDN’T BELONG WHERE I WAS IN LIFE. I WAS VERY QUIET AND DID NOT MAKE FRIENDS EASY.BY THE TIME I MADE IT TO HIGH SCHOOL I WAS READY FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT.I STARTED HANGING OUT WITH THE BAD AND RECKLESS KIDS IN SCHOOL, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY THEY WERE THE UNDESIRABLES, OUTKASTS.I WAS INTRODUCED TO DRUGS AND WAS INSTANTLY HOOKED, I FELT LIKE THIS WAS WHAT I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR.I COULD BE ANYTHING I WANTED TO BE OR DO WHATEVER I WANTED TO DO.SO FROM HERE ON ALL MY TROUBLES BEGAN.I WAS VERY UNHAPPY AT HOME SO HERE I DECIDED TO CARRY ON WITH MY OWN LIFE AND LEFT HOME AT 16.1 HAD MADE UP MY MIND NOBODY WOULD EVERE RUN MY LIFE OR TELL ME WHAT TO DO ANYMORE.I WAS THE KING ON THE THRONE AND I DIDN’T NEED ANYONE EVEN GOD.WHICH HOW COULD THERE BE A GOD ANYWAY TO LET ME GO THROUGH THE CHILHOOD I HAD.I MOVED ON MET THE LOVE OF MY LIFE AND MARRIED, WE HAD FIVE CHILDREN THAT WE ADOPTED OVER THE YEARS.I HAD MANY GOOD JOBS IN LIFE BUT ALWAYS SEEM TO LOSE THEM OVER A POSITIVE DRUG SCREEN.FINANCIALLY I WAS ALWAYS BROKE BECAUSE OF MY DRUG USE. FINALLY, AFTER JOB LOSSES, MEDICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES I EACHED A PLACE WHERE I WAS SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED.I ENTERED INTO THE 24/7 HOUSE WITH MY OWN FREE WILL, I KNEW SOMETHING HAD TO CHANGE BUT I STILL REALLY DIDN’T BELIEVE I WAS THE PROBLEM SURELY IT WAS EVERYONE ELSE.AFTER SOME TIME IN THE PROGRAM I REALIZED I WAS NOT FUNCTIONING THE WAY, A NORMAL PERSON WOULD.I STARTED WORKING ON THINGS BEGAN TO CHANGE AND I. ASKED GOD TO COME INTO MY LIFEA ND HE STARTED OPENING DOORS FOR ME. I KNEW I FELT GOOD AS LONG AS I WAS HELPING OTHERS AND MY FOCUS ON MYSELF BEGAN TO CHANGE TO OTHERS.I HAD A FEELING OF COMPLETION WHILE HELPING AND SERVING OTHERS.I GRADUATED THE PROGRAM AFTER 14 MONTHS AND THEN DECIDED TO STAY ON AS A HOUSE PARENT FOR ANOTHER 10 MONTHS.AFTER 2 YEARS IN THE SAFETY NET OF THE 24/7 HOUSE I VENTURED BACK OUT INTO THE REAL WORLD AND IT WAS VERY CHALLENGING TO SAY THE LEAST.GOD DID HOWEVER GIVE ME EVERYTHING BACK THAT I LOST INCLUDING MY FAMILY AND I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A TEACHER GROWING UP. I FELT THE NEED FOR MORE PEOPLE THAT COULD HELP OTHERS FIND A NEW WAY AS I DID.I STARTED MY CERTIFICATION PROCESS.A JOB OPENING BECAME AVAILABLE AT THE 24/7 HOUSE AS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT AND I TOOK THE JOB.I SPENT THE NEXT 2 YEARS IN SCHOOL TO BECOME A CERTIFIED ADDICTION COUNSELOR.BASIC TRAINING AND SUPERVISION HOURS WERE ALL I THOUGHT ABOUT FOR 2 YEARS.ONCE I COMPLETED THE COURSES, I STARTED DRIFTING AWAY FROM MARCH 09, 2021. l CANNOT TELL YOU HOW GREATFUL AND THANKFUL I AM TODAY FOR FINISHING THE PROCESS. IN OUR ADDICTION WE ADDICTS USUALLY DON’T FINISH ANYTHING WE START.I AM EXCITED ABOUT WHAT IS IN STORE NOW AS I CONTINUE TO THE PATH OF SOBRIETY FROM ADDICTION.”ROAD TO CERTIFICATION”- HARVEY PRATER
|FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS DESK 2020
24/7 House is very proud to be part of such a wonderful community. Our hope is, as you encounter us and our residents you witness us doing our part to improve Baxley. All of our residents work for wonderful Baxley employers and contribute to our society. We are grateful for the support we receive. Without your contributions our work would not be possible.
The disease of addiction is often misunderstood. When the world sees someone in active addiction they see bad behavior. The bad behavior is the symptom of the disease. All diseases have symptoms. Diabeties, a disease, has symptoms of fatique, thirst, hunger,etc.
Addiction is a brain disease that causes regulatory dysfunction of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. This leads to a common group of symptoms seen in every addict. (an alcoholic too is an addict-alcohol is a drug) Symptoms include continued use despite adverse consequences, craving, loss of control, and observed bad behavior and judgement. Addiction attacks the deepest part of the brain, the reward/pleasure center located in the mid-brain. The reward center is instinctual for survival. A non-addicted brain has a primary urge to drink water, eat, be fruitful and multiply, and love. This powerful primary urge is for survival. In an addicted brain, that is chemically altered, the powerful primary urge is changed to drugs/alcohol now is for survival. This is why addicts will violate social boundaries to get the drug of choice. What I have tried to explain is in the most simpliest of terms.
When I see an addict, I see a person in tremendous pain and shame. I see a person suffering with a primary, chronic, progressive, and fatal disease.
At 24/7 House, we like to say, “We are in the HOPE business.” We are striving to change the stigma associated with addiction in our small part of the world. Our program is long term where the residents have a chance to change old behaviors into healthy behaviors and repair damaged relationships. They learn about addiction and that lasting recovery is possible. It’s a promise if the resident is willing to do whatever it takes, One Day at a Time.
No program of recovery can be complete without a Higher Power. At 24/7 House God is our Higher Power. He is the essence and the spiritual foundation of this program. We are so fortunate to be welcome with open arms at the churches we visit weekly. Many of our residents find Jesus as their savior.
I have the best job. To be witness to God’s wonders daily. To witness lives being changed.
Michael Smith CAC,NCAC Executive Director
|My name is Dan, and I am an alcoholic. I came to the 24/7 House on February 1st and I was a complete mess. I struggled to talk, I struggled with the rules, and I struggled with the other guys in my house and the staff. I just wanted to leave. I did not care where I ended up, dead would have been simply fine. As time went on, I started to recover from the sickness that got me here and I realize that I was getting what I wanted. Slowly I got to the point where I was able to put things together. Everything was becoming clear. It did take quit a bit for me to accept that things are the way they are. I am glad to be sober and I am glad that the old guy is finally dead, and I can quit lying to God. I have given it to God and trust that He will help the new me to a life of freedom. – Dan
I was totally broken and did not know who I was or where I was going in life. I sought out the 24/7 House because I had hit my rock bottom and wanted something different. I just did not know how to go about getting it. The 24/7 house accepted me into the program, and I have learned that addiction is a disease not a choice. I have learned so much about how drugs really damage your brain. If I stay off drugs and alcohol my brain will heal and be back at its best in 5 years. I have gained self-respect and my self-esteem back. I have found out things about myself I never knew. I have gained a whole new family that want nothing but the best for me and my life. The staff is caring and so helpful. Thank God for each one of them!!! -Jessica
For all my adult life I have struggled with dependency upon chemicals. My addiction progressed over the years and I became a slave to drugs. Just before this program I was in a pit of my own despair. I was alone, homeless, helpless, and hopeless. The only thing I could do was cry out, “I need help! I can’t do this on my own!!” the moment I stopped looking for a handout and asked for a hand up, things started to change. My path was manipulated by the hand of God to get me here at 24/7 House. When I came to believe in this program a changed occurred inside of me. My program that I am profoundly grateful for has opened my eyes and heart to the joy of living today. I have an amazing relationship with Jesus Christ, my relationships with my family are being restored. The definition of myself is being re-defined. Hope and gratitude pump through my veins with every heartbeat in my chest. I have a new truth in my heart today. I am not shaken!! – Amber
24/7 House has been a golden opportunity in my life. I never thought I could change my ways. Drugs and alcohol used to be my crutch through life, and I was full of self- pity. I never had much faith in myself. I have been in this program for 9 months now and I feel more able and more confident to take life on life’s terms and be more successful through faith. 24/7 House has great staff and great resources. Being here you will find strength, wisdom, and knowledge and what it takes to start being a better you. Here it is never too late, you can find Hope. – Virgil