Recovery Group of Southern West Virginia planning to open first Logan County sober-living home

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

February 26, 2014

There is a new source of hope and relief for those suffering with addiction in Logan County.

Pete Browning, Board President for the Recovery Group of Southern West Virginia, attended the Tues., Feb. 18, meeting of the Logan County Commission when he asked the commission to approve a generous donation of $12,000 to cover the yearly lease payment for a facility.

Browning told the commissioners about the organization and its goals. He says their motto is “Love Never Fails.”

“We are a non-profit organization with a passion to help with addiction problems in our area. I have tons of statistics I could throw at you for a long period of time, but we all know that there is a problem with addiction in Logan County.”

The group formed about a year ago by having a class at a local church. The class was very effective and they moved the class to a community-based place before he and some of the people he had been closest to got together and formed a board of directors. The LEAD group offered to be their fiscal sponsors until they could go through the process of getting incorporated and getting their 501c3 status. Browning said there are currently nine of them who work there and they are having about 40 attend their class on Monday nights. He says they are a very diverse group.

“We are from five different churches, several denominations and are a passionate group. We have parents on our board who have lost loved ones to addiction and we have others who do jail ministry with ten years of sobriety. We have two pastors on our board, one has 27 years of sobriety and we have the counselor at Futures. God has formed this group of people who can make a difference in addiction.”

Browning told the commissioners he was there to ask for support from the county.

“We need the county’s support, we need the community’s support and we need the church’s support to make this happen. Our vision is to open up a sober-living homes and addiction recovery facilities in Logan.”

Browning said they have raised between $6,000 and $7,000 over the past couple of months, mostly on Facebook, but also received support and donations after speaking at the Kiwanis, Rotary and Scottish Rites Masons organizations.

“Every week in our class, we had close to 40 people in our class, all the guys from Futures (nine guys) and I signed papers from probation, parole, home confinement, drug court and Suboxone/Methodone clinic patients. We see the need. These people really want treatment, but they go back in their own homes a lot of times and their parents are using drugs. Lisa and I assisted a young man to Huntington to a sober-living home. He had gone through the Futures program and his home confinement successfully, but was struggling in drug court. His mom and step-dad were snorting pills and smoking weed at home. What chance did he have? He was in his 20s. We got him over there to give him an opportunity. We need that here.”

Browning said support was pouring in and they need it all. He told the commission the $12,000 will allow them to open Logan County’s first sober-living home. This will be a men’s facility, but once it is open, they plan to pursue getting a women’s facility open and look at a long-term facility where people can go to focus on their recovery. Browning says they have been visiting facilities and plan to incorporate the best features into the facilities in Logan County.

State a federal grants will be pursued once they get the sober-living home open and can generate statistics.