Every 4 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from an overdose or alcohol-related cause – the equivalent of 14 jumbo jets crashing every day with no survivors.
The yearly annual economic impact from the misuse of prescription drugs, illicit drugs or alcohol is $442 billion. Think about that number for a second. That is an economy-wrecking number. That sort of number means that this problem is taking root everywhere. 22 million Americans are suffering from untreated addiction. 1 in 3 households are directly impacted.
The Surgeon General says 10% of all Americans suffer from addiction. We have 6.6 million people in Indiana, which means there are 660,000 people in our state that could benefit from treatment and/or recovery support services. Let’s say that just 10% of them could benefit from Recovery Housing, that would imply we need 66,000 beds in Indiana. We currently have less than 1,700. Of our 92 counties, 67 of them do not have any Recovery Housing available at all. Bottom line, we only have the capacity to help 2% of those in need or who could benefit from living in a Recovery Residence. Looking at it another way, 98% of the people whose lives could be saved and changed in a Recovery Home have nowhere to go. There are not enough beds, therefore, it is imperative that we support those Recovery Homes currently operating.
We need your help!! Let me tell you about our organization and then share with you the dollars and cents in simple terms.
Progress House, a 501(c)3, is the oldest and largest Recovery Home in Indiana. We were founded in 1961 and have been in operation for over 56 years. We are home to 120 men in recovery from substance use disorders. Our resident’s typical length of stay ranges from 90 days to 2 years in one of our three properties.
Our programming addresses our residents holistically (mind, body, and spirit), which includes:
Our philosophy and goals are to provide an environment conducive to sober living and to reintroduce residents to basic, necessary life skills that may have been neglected due to addiction. What sets the Progress House program apart is it’s wide-ranging and well-ordered process of implementing those goals. There is a system of review to assist residents in the transition from entry-level to ever-increasing levels of responsibility as they mature through the working of the 12-step recovery process and our other life skills programming. Included are the expectations and requirements that residents participate in their own recovery and in the daily life of the Progress House community.
For only than $32 per day, we provide the above services and support for one man, which includes safe and sober housing, recovery support services and programming, and three meals a day. The average daily cost of incarceration ranges anywhere from $88 – $205 per day, per man. It is easy to see the benefit of providing recovery support services versus trying to arrest our way out of this epidemic. That nets out annually to less than $16,000. The average cost of incarceration nationally ranges from $32,000 – $75,000. Currently 85% of our county jails and state corrections facilities is filled with non-violent alcohol and drug offenders. The National Institute of Justice states that within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested. It’s obvious that we cannot arrest our way out of the current epidemic, instead we must educate, prevent, treat and provide recovery support services to the individual suffering from addiction.
By supporting the work of Progress House, you are helping us save lives and impact change. Your support directly allows these men to become contributing members of society. Through the generosity of our donors, we have the privilege of witnessing miracles daily. Many of our residents are transformed physically, emotionally and spiritually. On average, we assist 90% of our residents in finding full-time employment. In addition, many complete their High School Diploma, enter or return to college, and are reunited with family and friends. They become contributing members of society.
We hope you’ll support us as we work in the trenches every day to offer real solutions to our nation and Indiana’s most urgent health crisis. To help save lives and impact change, please click here to DONATE. Your gift no matter how small makes a difference; won’t you consider helping us?