Mission: OPTIONS provides free drug and alcohol treatment services to low-income inner-city adults, caring for all aspects of the individual.
Programs: OPTIONS works by providing comprehensive substance abuse rehabilitation services including detox support, substance abuse treatment and aftercare, early intervention for first-time offenders, long-term intensive case management, and sober housing for formerly homeless adults. Options' treatment approach is rooted in individual empowerment, respect for the individual's dignity, and a recognition that the client is the instrument of change. Only a small percentage of clients come with government funds. In the process of addressing our belief that treatment for alcohol and drug dependency should be provided free of charge and on demand, we have developed a community of recovery that supports all of our clients, and a skilled staff with experience and street knowledge. The long term treatment program provides mentoring, counseling, peer support, life skills training, and case management, in addition to yoga, meditation, acupuncture, expressive art therapy, and treatment of trauma. The curriculum includes the 12 step model of AA.
The Dual Diagnosis Clinic offers free access to marraige and family therapists for individual therapy, treating trauma and mental illness, and group therapy (art, anger management, and other support).
The in-jail programs offer outreach to inmates who seek treatment upon release.
The very successful OPTIONS housing program provides critically needed sober living situations for homeless men and women.
A new job skills program for re-entry will begin in 2007.
I've known Dr. Davida Coady, the founder and director of Options, for 30 years. She is one of my heroes. Though a physician who could earn a comfortable living from medicine, she has devoted her life for all that time to improving the lives of others through her selfless dedication to philanthropic efforts. Options is the latest expression of her commitment. I have supported the organization as a donor for many years, not just because of Dr. Coady, but because I have witnessed the breakthroughs made by so many of its substance-abuse clients. Options' success rate is enviable.
I have been volunteering for Options Recovery for about three and a half years. In those years I have learned a tremendous amount about drug and alcohol treatment and recovery. I have seen some miraculous recoveries over the years that have been inspirations to me. Options has a graduation every three months when the people graduating get to tell their stories to their families and friends. It is always a very emotional occasion. Some of the graduates had been estranged from their families for many years. t is wonderful seeing them a whole family again.