New resource provides hope for men battling substance abuse in Acadiana

Posted at 1:02 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 14:02:39-05

A new resource is bringing new hope for men battling substance abuse in Acadiana.

For the last few years, Safehouse has been in Acadiana, helping the homeless, helping those battling substance abuse, simply helping those in need. Well recently, Safehouse took its mission to a whole new level.

Safehouse's inaugural Sober Living House is meant to offer a safe place for those in recovery to process their experiences, to build healthy peer and community relationships, and to give them the tools so they can become productive citizens, explained John Nugent, Safehouse's Executive Director.

Located near the Cajundome, the Sober Living House has seven bedrooms and will serve as a transitional home for seven men. In this house, Nugent hopes those men will become supportive, as they receive support in areas of addiction, finances, employment, and faith - the latter of which is an element that makes Safehouse stand out from many recovery programs.

"And 'Celebrate Recovery' is a 12-step Christ-centered recovery program, so in 'Celebrate Recovery' our higher power is God, and we are not shy about that," Nugent added.

Certainly there will be monitoring and counselors, but Safehouse and supporters like One Acadiana are hopeful that the ultimate success will come from the people within this nurturing environment.

"It's a need, since it is this transitional housing, for a lot of individuals that there isn't something like this in Lafayette," said One Acadiana's Victoria Alleman. "A place where they can have almost a role in it themselves, a place where they can give back, have some accountability and a place they can call home."

A ribbon cutting was held Friday, and many applications have already been submitted. Next week, they'll hit the ground running as seven men will move into the Safehouse Sober Living Home.

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