Deborah's House supports women who have completed an in-patient program for their ongoing recovery from the disease of addiction by providing a safe sober-living home, spiritual mentoring and modeling of life skills for their continued success.
We at Deborah's House envision a world where every woman can contribute to her greatest potential and be the woman she was created to be. Substance abuse addiction robs her of that ability to work and flourish. After a woman has completed treatment for addiction, she needs a home where she can stay sober, build relationships, and recreate her skills. Deborah's House provides a safe homelike environment for women in transition from a substance abuse recovery program to a life of self-sustainable confidence. Women mentors share compassionate guidance with each woman, while supporting her spiritual and personal growth until she is ready to face the world on her own.
Any woman who is recommended by her counselor upon completion of a 60-90 day residential treatment program and who is committed to finding meaningful employment and transforming her life.
Transforming Women’s Lives
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Facts About Recovery & Relapse
According to the National Institutes of Health, recent scientific advances have revolutionized our understanding of addiction as a chronic, relapsing disease and not a moral failure. In fact, relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to those of other well-characterized chrinic illnesses, i.e. diabetes 1, hypertension and asthma. Therefore, addiction should be treated as such, necessitating long-term treatment to support recovery.
Additionally, substance abuse is one of the leading causes for homelessness and incarceration. Equally alarming is the finding that the relapse rate is 40% to 60%. While relapse is predictable, there are programs that can reduce the probability.
Some Facts to Consider:
SAMM Ministries lists the following causes for homelessness:
· Substance abuse and the lack of needed services
· Lack of affordable housing
· Mental illness and the lack of needed services
· Domestic violence
The Vera Institute of Justice conducted a survey of jail inmates in Los Angeles, CA regarding the hurdles inmates faced upon release. The five most common reentry priorities necessary to reintegrate into society from jail, as self-reported by inmates are:
· Employment (73%)
· Housing (34%)
· Substance use (33%)
· Relationships (26%)
· Staying out of trouble (23%)
In other words, a lot of things have to be in place to avoid relapse. In a report to the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, researchers also found:
Addiction is rooted in a physical, mental and spiritual imbalance.
There is a necessity for a substance-abuse treatment model that gives credence to the mind-body-spirit connection.