Our son Paul spent over 18 years dealing with his substance use disorder–—in-patient & out-patient recovery centers, E.R.s, drug court, prison—over 18 years of repeated cycles of which he was headed in the right direction many times, but relapsed due to what we strongly believe was the absence of a community recovery center & a safe, stable residence with peer support. A sense of hope and empowerment is critical to staying in recovery. Living with others that are successful, demonstrates to them that it is possible and helps them reach that point.
Paul needed a supportive social life, he needed to be with people, boredom is a quick step to relapse. A community center where they can spend their spare time with others is essential to a successful recovery. Paul recently emphasized to us, that a community center would be fantastic. Would be the greatest thing to happen for him and his friends in recovery.
He was also forced to stay in DSS housing that was unsuitable for his mental state and had the great difficulty of having to spend more than half the day to get to and from a treatment center every day. Walking miles through rain and freezing temperatures.
Recovery homes can be self-sufficient, require very little funding and have proven to have a success rate of 80%—that is a great success rate for recovery from a substance use disorder.
The cost of repeat treatment, prison time, ER visits is far greater than the cost of a community center and homes with minimal cost.
Our son died March 17th. Enabling establishment of a community center and homes for people in recovery will save lives!!!
Thank you for your time and any efforts you can make on our behalf.
Claire and Stephen Clement
I was born and raised in Rockland County NY. I graduated from Suffern High School In 2007 and attended Rockland Community College from Sept 2007 to Dec 2010.
In 2011 I joined the US ARMY. I deployed to Afghanistan as an Infantryman in March of 2012 and returned 10 months later. I was Honorably discharged from the ARMY in January 2015. I attended RCC again from September 2015 to December of 2015 studying Business Administration. Soon after finishing, I joined the IBEW Local 363 and worked as an electrician from Jan 2016 to April of 2017.
Through-out this whole time I suffered from a horrible substance addiction ranging from alcohol to cocaine to ecstasy and pretty much every other drug I could get my hands on. I attended many rehabs including the Army substance abuse program when I returned from Afghanistan. On July 27th, 2017, after a horrible 3 day alcohol and cocaine bender, my parents, with my okay, reserved a plane ticket to Florida for me to go to a rehab in Boynton Beach. After a 2 month stay at this treatment center I returned home to New York and have been sober since.
Working a strong 12 step program has saved my life from addiction. I have personal experience living in a halfway house and a sober house. I have guided others through a 12-step program and continue to practice spiritual principles in all my daily affairs. I know first-hand the importance of sober living for people who are new to recovery. While living with peers of mine in a sober home I was able to connect with people on a level that I would not have if I wasn’t able to reside with them. Watching other peers grow into a “new” person gave me the strength and hope that I too, could change my life for the better. We all motivated each other to attend 12 step meetings, go to the gym and to keep doing the next right thing. When one was down, we all came together to lift him up again.
As I have come to learn, substance addiction doesn’t have a favorite target and anyone, from any background, culture or religion can be an addict. I have decided to dedicate my future career goals to make sure that others can learn and be assisted by my experiences.
- Rockland Recovery Homes was created to provide a vital part of the process for recovery from substance use disorders.
- Currently people in or transitioning from a recovery program do not have a safe residence to live in with others seeking the same goals, sharing the same struggles as well as learning skills to prepare them to move forward.
- Witnessing others succeed in this difficult process will give them hope and a feeling of empowerment that is critical to their success.
- There is a growing number of community organizations as well as many individuals willing to help in any way possible as these homes come about.
- To obtain funding/mortgages to purchase and furnish homes.
- To obtain support from the communities to have these homes in their neighborhoods.
- To enable the homes to be affordable to people in recovery on their current wages, payments from the department of social services, supplements from family members, donations, charitable funds, grants or government sources.
To support persons in recovery by improving their access to safe, stable residences with peer and community support. Our vision is adequate housing for all individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder.
- Rockland Recovery Homes is being established at a time when an increasing number of people working at recovery will need this option available to them to greatly increase their chances to succeed.
- Rockland Recovery Homes is closely associated with other organizations that have the qualification and experience to assist in ensuring the proper operation of the homes is in place.
II. Description of Business:
Rockland Recovery Homes is certified by New York State as a not-for-profit organization with 501(C)3 status. We will purchase or rent homes in Rockland County to provide a safe, relaxing, enjoyable place to live, for people working at recovery from SUD. A place they will be proud to call their home, enjoy taking care of and being responsible for. The organization has a Code of Ethics and Standards of Operation.