So, if you are curious, that's what I've been really thinking about during my post hiatus. It isn't enough just to post blog entries. I'd like to do something more.
So, I'm listening to people who are 'in' the treatment world, and most will tell you the bigger challenge is getting the newly-sober through the first year without a relapse. It means teaching new life skills and getting through mankind's oldest enemy (even older than the devil)... time.
We need time to learn and to grow. The problem is that time moves at its own pace, both too fast and too slow at the same time.
Once you have spent the big bucks and gotten your 28-day 'treatment,' where will you go? Most people go back to the people and places that were part of their addiction.
Sober living houses are not treatment, but a place to start living a sober life. Wouldn't it be great to have a sober living house that is Orthodox based? There would be access to Orthodox chaplains, prayer service, education... a place where one can get a spiritual and religious boost in addition to having a supportive, drug/alcohol-free environment?
Of course, this means not only finding a sponsoring agency (I'm talking to one, so we'll see), but also finding donors and volunteers. Once it gets off the ground, it isn't expensive... but buying a house in the Los Angeles area is. Yet, I think it can be done.
There are enough resources in the area that residents can get the support and guidance they need, plus there are opportunities to find work. Once we get one going here, I'm sure there will be others.
What do you think?