November 7, 2012
In the addiction treatment community there are, (in my opinion), those in the "recovery business" and those in the "business of recovery." As both the executive director of a residential program for women and also a longstanding personal membership in recovery, I consider myself to be the the "business of recovery." I enjoy the excellent and humbling privilege on a literal daily basis, of assisting those who still struggle, to discover the same freedom that was given me long ago. Part of this service is facilitated by offering treatment solutions to those courageous enough to seek it. I take this responsibility very seriously and only refer to treatment facilities that I personally vet and quite frankly those to which I would feel comfortable sending one of my own loved ones. Of all the literally thousands of treatment programs available nationwide, House of Hope is on my very short list of these. As the Executive Director of a women's only residential program, I am even more particular about referring to gender specific programs. On that list, House of Hope is on the very top of my referral choices. One only needs to have a short conversation with any of the individuals on their staff roster to quickly realize that not only is this program a unique and rare testament to what treatment in the best sense should aspire to be, but that the clients fortunate enough to join the House of Hope program will be treated as individuals, not merely another bed filled. I recently referred a close friend who was (like many) not altogether certain that she was ready to embrace sobriety. Her life was in shambles, interpersonal relationships were strained at best and she was profoundly biologically, psychologically and sociologically compromised. Heather Edney, a House of Hope staff member, not only helped this woman feel safe and comfortable about entering treatment, she actually offered to help the emotionally paralyzed and frightened client pack for her stay. This type of personalized response is the talisman of the House of Hope philosophy. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this program - and believe me, I have NO problem honestly evaluating programs. We are not selling sweaters here; these are people's lives. Ms. Edney's commitment and care is the perfect representation of all of her House of Hope colleagues. In addition to their quality of client care, House of Hope also tries to help ANY woman in need. House of Hope staff volunteer endless hours of their personal time toward fundraising support for their scholarship program. The commitment of all involved can easily be recognized in each and every employee - from support staff to board of directors. If you are still reading this affirmation, I think you understand that I am a tremendous fan of House of Hope. I cannot recommend them highly enough - but I do indeed do just that as much as possible. Sincerely yours, Don Grant, Executive Director, Harmony Place Exclusively For Women
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