We live and are greatly influenced by a “Success geared,” society that makes decision of numbers, polls and the won-loss column. Our motto at Freedom Hills Community Center is “reducing drug use one life at a time.” When we accomplish this purpose we eliminate one drug deal, one possible “break in” robbery or sexual favor granted and one potential arrest, crowded court dockets and overcrowded jail cell.
That how we view the situation!
Sure we would love to have more clients come into the program; however we are not driven by numbers or success stories. We have more return to the drug culture than live a life of sobriety. That’s the nature of addiction. Yet our joy comes when just one goes into residential treatment, or completes our recovery program. Our goals are to teach sobriety, assist family and friends in understanding the nature or addiction and in time to restore families. We are visiting churches and telling the members about the enormity and heartbreak of the drug problem here at home. Our school drug education program for elementary schools is firing off. We are hitting targets and accomplishing life restoration one soul at a time.
However, for those of you for which a scoreboard is necessary, here are the numbers. As we enter the eighth month of our existence we have made fourteen referrals to residential programs and had fifty clients enter our local program.
Soon we will begin to service the local court system by providing an alternative sentencing program of 12 week recovery classes so that offenders can maintain jobs and family responsibilities. This program will eliminate the cost of local incarceration which takes more that $12,000 dollars from government budgets.
Are we finding success? Ask a parent of someone we have put on the track to recovery. I believe they will tell you one life at a time is enough...