This is big pet peeve of mine.In a city of 40,000..A province of 120,000,we have 2 sober-living facilities.
One for the woman,One for the men.Average stay 3 months.Beds: 14 in Talbot (men's).Less in Lacey House ( women).
Addiction Center detox program turns out 28 Men & Women on a weekly basis with a waiting list.Chances of getting into a sober-Living facility..slim to none!! They also have a waiting List..Do the Math,perhaps not all wish or need to go to a sober-living facility,However even if half do,the chances of staying clean & sober for months while waiting are...not great...So back to using,back to petty crimes,back to the streets..Then back to Detox,A Vicious Cycle,A costly Cycle..As those of us know that have family members,friends on that Journey of Addiction. We also know,Only too well,that first time using after detox can be fatal !!
WE know the government is moving at a snail's pace on addictions..a full blown treatment center is way into the future..a few more sober-living facility's would be a tremendous help !! We have many empty buildings...Open them..they will come!!
A sad story was recently shared where someone,somewhere on our fair Island managed to detox at home..or Jail..and needed further help.When they called for help the answer was, sorry we can't help you if you have not used in 7 days...I mean this is cruel...It says go out and use again..then we can help.I believe one of biggest needs of people in early recovery is a safe place to stay ( away from triggers & old friends)..and support..We are severely lacking in that department. Let's keep the talk going..xoxo