Thoughts from John Perry, Co-Founder, Clean & Sober Recovery Services, Inc.

Communities across the nation are reeling from prescription pain medication abuse, heroin overdoses, and chronic alcohol abuse that is spiraling out of control. And it’s not getting better: A recent study showed that older American adults are drinking more alcohol than ever.

We’re all impacted by alcohol or drug misuse or abuse, even if it’s not happening under our own roof. Think about your friend’s child who died from an overdose…. your loved one who is injured by a drunk driver…the neighborhood burglaries fueled by addiction to costly prescription medications. What about our overcrowded prisons and millions of Veterans addicted to pain-numbing medications? Each of these impact us, and – even more acutely – the parent, child, sibling or friend of each and every statistic.

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don 2017Thoughts from Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

Last January, Sacramento’s Mayor Steinberg, the Board of Supervisors and Sacramento City Council members met to discuss solutions to our region’s homelessness crisis. Advocates for every segment of the homeless – youth, families, addicts and alcoholics – overflowed from the meeting chambers into the foyer.

After presentations by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, passionate representatives from every facet of the community made their case for services and support. Their brief but cordial requests featured a common thread: the quest for connection to assistance and the right resources.

It is reassuring to know there was representation for the homeless who struggle with alcohol or other drugs. After all, they represent 25% of the region’s homeless, according to the January 2016 homeless count. Their ranks may be even bigger today, in light of the opioid epidemic barreling our way.

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Thoughts from Don Troutman, Founder, Clean & Sober Transitional Living

“Not in my back yard” has been a long-standing issue with sober living homes and their residents throughout the country. Sometimes the NIMBYism is overt; sometimes it is more cloistered.  I’ve heard, as an example, of a businessman who hesitated to rent one of his business properties to an AA group for their weekly meetings. Tell me - what is the risk in renting to a group of people who continue to bolster their sobriety?  Wouldn’t it be riskier to rent to a group of people who were drinking and taking drugs?

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