Letter from the Founder
Another quarter is quickly coming to an end and God is continuing to bless 24/7 House, from keeping Covid at bay as well as providing jobs for all our residents.
Today we have 25 residents, the most we’ve had in 9 years! The need for help also seems to be growing. We are so blessed to be in a community that supports our ministry so generously. We have employers on a waiting list to hire our residents as they become ready to work. So blessed!
The expansion plan is progressing as planned. A final decision was made at the last Board of Directors meeting. We are having plans drawn up and with the help of business leaders in our community we should be starting construction in a few weeks.
We will be building two-1300 square feet homes that will hold 8 residents each. This will give us 40 plus beds. We are so grateful!
Our donations continue and we are grateful. Many are first time contributors. If not for the generous and faithfulness of y’all this ministry will surely struggle. But we know God’s got this! No stress at the 24/7 House!
The Baxley Christian Center Church is a local church that is in our monthly rotation. Pastor Daniels revealed a few months ago that over 30 residents from our ministry have been baptized in the last 2 years. God is using 24/7 House in a wonderful way.
Thank you again for your support and please continue to pray for us always. God is good and God bless you all! Pete Wright
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS DESK 2021
24/7 House and the Executive Director
With addiction and recovery getting more national exposure than ever before, we pause on September 20, 2021, to celebrate vital players of the health system and continuum of care: addiction professionals.
National Addiction Professionals Day will be celebrated on September 20, 2021, as part of National Recovery Month. Started by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals in 1992, the day was established to commemorate the hard work that addiction professionals do daily. NAADAC is the largest membership organization for addiction-focused healthcare professionals and represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad.
Today, 24/7 House is operating at capacity. And I am blessed to work with Addiction Professionals daily. It takes a special heart to help those suffering from the evil disease of addiction. The staff at 24/7 House works not for the pay but a passion to help others find a godly successful future. It is Nobel.
Being an addictions counselor isn’t the easiest job in the world, but it can certainly be rewarding when you see someone who felt helpless and hopeless make some significant progress and really be excited about life.
Michael Smith CAC,NCAC Executive Director
September is National Recovery Month 2021
Recovery is for everyone, every person, every family, and every community.
National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.
There are many ways to celebrate recovery month. Many of us share our personal stories.
Recovery month gives us something to be thankful for. For years people who struggle with addiction, as well as people who live in recovery, have spent their lives in the closet. They feel like they couldn’t share their pain or their triumph because of the stigma attached to it. With recovery month we celebrate the accomplishments of those who have reclaimed their lives in long – term recovery and we honor treatment and recovery facilities who are on the Front – line daily showing and teaching us that we can and will live sober lives again and become active and functioning adults throughout our communities. Another way we can celebrate is by educating yourself and others on what recovery is, how it is changing, and what you can do to help our movement. Getting help with addiction is just a phone call away. However, it is a process and one that will have to continue the rest of their lives.
Each year new things are discovered about addictive people. Addiction in America is growing at a very rapid pace, and I am sure chances are that you know someone that is in addiction.
I am so thankful today that my addiction has brought me to where I am today, it has taught me that I want to live and help as many others as I can free themselves from this horrible disease.
Harvey – CAC -1
It is National recovery month and since I got asked recently what recovery meant to me this is the best way to share my thoughts which would be sharing it with others. Specifically, I got asked how I distinguish between living a life that doesn’t involve drugs and alcohol and just living life—because that is now so far removed from my everyday life having been sober for over three years, a Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist and growing in life. I guess what they were getting at is: why I describe myself as in recovery still. My response was initially defensive, the more I thought about the question the more I began to think about the answer. As September is National Recovery Month, I wrote about my perspective.
Life before recovery was one dominated by drugs and alcohol. My thought processes and actions were consumed with finding ways and means to consume as much as I could, as quickly as I could, with no concern for the consequences—anything that got between me, and drugs had to go, and I didn’t care who got hurt in the process. That wasn’t a life—it was a mere existence, motivated entirely by active addiction.
When I got sober, I discovered that there was a life beyond the overwhelming obsession and compulsion to use. Once I was free from those behaviors, my perspective on life changed—I suddenly began to see life through a colored lens, rather than the grey lens of addiction. Life, and its prospects, became full and abundant. And that was a life that I wanted to participate in, rather than coast along in. I found my higher power and grew my relationship with Him. I found my purpose that I longed so badly to find. Sobriety brought me life that only thought I had the power to daydream about.
Now, recovery—as opposed to being sober, on a very basic level, I take it to mean being sober and working on the trauma and pain that caused me to use in a way that was harmful to me and those around me. It meant finding a way to live with my pain, heal my wounds, and live a life that is no longer led by addictive behaviors and abuse. Recovery is me being aware of my mistakes, admitting to them and working on my wrongs. (Which I must do every single day) Recovery is hard, but its so rewarding and it has brought me so much more than life before.
This brings me to my conception of recovery. Recovery means living a life that is no longer impacted by old trauma and pain. I know these memories will never leave, but I can be mindful of thoughts that are influenced by the past. To remember the pain will help me from going back. In its most beautiful conception, it is that precious space between my thoughts, behavior, and actions. And the more space I gain, as my recovery practice deepens, the wiser and less harmful choices I make. That, in a nutshell, is my understanding of recovery. Today I am a Grateful recovering addict who has a connection with God, and a deeper understanding to helping others. I am a Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist and I look forward to living my life. -Jessica Hancock NCPRSS 2021
FROM 24/7 HOUSE RESIDENTS
Being mandated to the 24/7 house has been a big blessing to me. Its taught me now to think before acting or feeling and that is a big one for me. In my head I can slow down and feel my emotions and consciously tell myself how to feel. I can feel I am going to get my family back and respect. My character defects are still making an appearance and it’s kind of frustrating. Manipulation is a big one I can see, and it is something I am not meaning to do, but it is almost feeling like an instinct. Impulsive and compulsive behaviors also cause short term gratification and long-term pain, and I am feeling that now as well. My recovery means a lot to me it is the key to getting my happiness back, and I do not want to lose it. –Taylor
My Recovery to me means to live and not to die to be honest in everything you do because it is in the smallest detail. If you cannot do the smallest things, you will never do the big things. I have learned that I am a people pleaser, and I worry what and how people look at me. I have learned that I still have an addict thinking and behaviors. I have learned that behaviors will have consequences and you must hold yourself accountable. I will be honest and hold others accountable to be honest too. I want to have a life worth living and I want to start fresh and really do this completely the right way from this day forward. I will work hard on my defects and my recovery. — Jessica
My Recovery to me means to be able to deal with like in life terms to handle situations and deal with consequences like an adult without using substances. It means to be mentally connected to what is going on right in front of you. Enjoying life and learning to love myself. I have learned that I have held a lot of resentments all the years of my life, and that has held my in my addiction. I have also learned I am caring, loving, helpful induvial and that I have a purpose. I have gained a much-needed relationship with God. I have found out I need to open more forgive myself and others. Know my worth and to be confident of who I am. To slow down and be in the moment to meet people where they are and flip my perception think about how my actions affect others feeling just as much as how what others say effect mine. — Desirae
Recovery to me means a second chance at life and learning how to live. It means being able to set through hardships without needing a chemical. Its means facing problems head-on. It means no longer feeling helpless and sorry for myself. I am a survivor today, not a victim. When I came into this program, I hated myself, I was so ashamed and sorry for myself, and felt like I could not do anything right. This program is helping. To accept and be honest about who I am, to believe in myself and my potential, and to not base my opinion or self-worth off what others make me and getting their approval. I am working on not saying what I think others want to hear but speak my feelings and not talking to “talk the talk”, but instead ask for help in the “walking my walk” of recovery. It’s okay to not be okay. I can intellectualize anything, but I want my heart to believe Gods will and seek it in all that I do. That to me is they key of recovery, and I am grateful that today. I get the chance to do the next right thing instead of using or drinking. — Andy
My recovery to me means I get a better lifestyle to live in the real world, and have a bed to sleep in, food to eat, roof over our head, and not just living life around drugs everyday of our life. We just need all the help we have the chance to before going back out to the real world to the life of expectations, and all the drama that causes relapse. I will continue to get all help while I am here. –Antonia
My Recovery to me means to live and not to die, it means everything to me. It makes me healthy and helps me to live life on life’s storms! Its having a relationship with Jesus today something I am incredibly grateful for. I am working on letting go and letting go. Surrendering my control over and giving God control! I am learning that I can’t be a people pleaser that I need to a God pleaser. — Beverly
I’m 27 years old years and was born into addiction. Both parents were addicts and my stepdad was abusive. My parents gave me my first drink at 11 and my 1st pain pill at 14. After that I went to hard drugs. I hated myself, my life, and God. I lost my kids and ended up homeless. So hopeless and desperate to stop but I didn’t know how. Constantly in and out of jail the jailors took bets on how long until they would see me again. I was facing several felonies and prison when I applied to 24/7 House. I was an empty shell of a person when I got here. I could barely stand to look in the mirror. Being here has given me a new family like I have always wished for. They loved me here long before I could fathom doing it myself. I am growing closer to God. Getting a second chance to know my son and I am truly proud of the person I am becoming all because they gave me a chance.
I have been in addiction for 30 years, In and out of jail for the last 20 and to prison the last 10 years. My life has been in complete turmoil. When I reached out to the 24/7 house I was broken, hopeless and didn’t love myself or anyone else. I didn’t want to live anymore. Thankfully, 24/7 House accepted me without hesitation or money. I am starting to love myself again now and they have helped me see that I am not hopeless. Being here has helped me find God again and together we are all putting my broken pieces back together again.
I was raised in a Christian home with two parents who loved me, my brother and sister very much. I grew up knowing right from wrong, but at age 15 I started to rebel and began drinking. By the time I turned 20 years old I was unable to function normally without drugs and alcohol. My addiction progressed even more over the next 19 years and at the age of 39 I was completely hopeless and so separated from God that I was too ashamed to even pray anymore. I started thinking of ways to end my life and dreaded each day that I would wake up. I thought me and my family would be better off if I were dead. One day I woke up and cried out to God in desperation and surrendered to Him. He did for me what I could not do for myself. By His grace and mercy, I ended up at the 24/7 House. When I got here, I had lost my home, car, license, custody of my son and relationships with family. 24/7 House has showed me so much grace and mercy and had faith in me when I didn’t have faith in myself. Through this program I have gained a relationship with God and restored relationships that I thought were unrepairable. I have learned how to love myself and others and how incredible it feels to walk in Gods will. Since I finished the program, I have had the privilege to be the women’s house manager and help other who also want a better way of life. I am truly grateful and blessed for everything 24/7 House and God has done in my life. Paige