P. E. A. C. E. House

P. E. A. C. E. House

From Zachery Anderson

Ann Rissman and I (Zach Anderson) are reaching out to the community in hopes of being able to achieve our goal of putting the first Sober/Transitional Recovery House in La Porte County. It brings us great pleasure to ...

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Ann Rissman and I (Zach Anderson) are reaching out to the community in hopes of being able to achieve our goal of putting the first Sober/Transitional Recovery House in La Porte County. It brings us great pleasure to introduce you to P. E. A. C. E. House, which stands for People Encouraging Active Clean Endeavors.

Substance use disorder, which I suffer from, not only impacts the person with the disorder, but the family, community, and our future generations. Here's a brief short little clip of my story. I grew up in Rolling Prairie Indiana, graduated from New Prairie High School, and dropped out of college with a GPA of 3.9. I suffered from an accidental overdose in May of 2014, that left me with brain damage.  My last overdose was 1 year, 10 months, and 10 days ago from today's date January 22, 2020. I've had many relapses in between May 2014 to my clean date March . It wasn't until I had a stay at Respite House in Valparaiso, after I got out of an in-patient residential treatment facility, that I was able to put together a few days without substance use. That turned into months, which has brought about a year clean and sober. Soon it will be two years free from active addiction. I give all the props to Respite House, because of my first six months of recovery was spent there. If it was not for Respite House, I don’t know where I would be today, but I can tell you where I am at today. I am trying very hard to get funding for P. E. A. C. E. House so I can help my fellow substance use disorder brothers and sisters to achieve a life out of active addiction. Ann Rissman and I want to give today's generation the help they need to break the stigma. Anyone can suffer from the disorder, it doesn’t discriminate against color of skin, economic status, or the environment where we grow up. After we acquire the men’s house we will be opening a women’s house. We're planning on having counselor's come into the House to run various groups, to help our clients learn the necessary skills to live a clean productive life without the use of substances. Our main focus is to help them reintegrate into self-help meetings or an adaption thereof. 

Peer recovery living showed benefits in the following areas; decrease of substance use, spread of communicable disease (decrease in risk factors), treatment engagement, secondary substance-related behaviors such as cravings and self-efficacy according to an article published in Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. Peer recovery living is the best chance of long term recovery and also is the best place for those with a history of continued relapse. P. E. A. C. E. House's purpose is to allow peers who are inflicted with substance use disorder to live and grow together to begin the process of reintegration into society with monitoring and support. Each day will have a rigid schedule of required activities for each participant. P. E. A. C. E. House will provide support to each individuals needs by tailoring educational classes around what is most needed by the group utilizing community services already existing. Group classes will focus on preparing for the individual to re-learn coping skills and necessary life skills to become independent contributing members of their community. To maximize our impact on current efforts, we will seek to collaborate with other community and non-profit organizations. At times, we may provide internships or volunteer opportunities which will provide opportunities for involvement in said activities and programs in order to have a greater impact for change. We strive to influence and assist individuals with creating foundations for long-term recovery, to lend a hand to establish personal growth, mend relationships, and to live freely from their active addictions. 

La Porte county has two other group homes. Both are level III homes in that they take people off the street and get them started on treatment. Our home is a level II the next step in recovery and would not compete with these homes. P. E. A. C. E. House will be the only level II sober, transitional home in this county. 

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