Sinnissippi Centers in Dixon to open recovery home for addicts

DIXON, Illinois - After more than a year of planning, Sinnissippi Centers will soon open the first recovery home in Dixon, Illinois. 
"We traveled and saw some models. We went to a couple facilities Rosecrance operates in the Rockford area," says President Patrick Phelan. 
President Patrick Phelan says it's a missing puzzle piece when it comes to treating substance abuse. 
"What we needed was an interim, longer-term, treatment facility to help people continue their sobriety in the community," says Phelan. 
The healthcare center collaborates with Dixon's Safe Passage program. 
City Manager Danny Langloss says the program is helping dozens of Opioid addicts turn their life around, but there's still a gap. 
"In checking about 65 percent of those people are doing well and are in long-term sobriety," says Danny Langloss. 
The home will serve as a recovery and prevention center. 
"When people come back home and go into the same environment, often times that's a trigger for relapse," says Langloss. 
The home will provide stable housing for ten men and have 24/7 supervision. 
Residents will have structure, days filled with group meetings, and have medical attention. 
Most importantly, they'll have each other for support. 
"Especially people who've been doing it a little longer. Hey I've been here two months it gets better, it gives them hope, it gives them confidence that they can do this and stick with it," says Langloss. 
Their stay will vary from six to nine months. 
Once they leave, the goal is for them to have a home and employment.
"It's a boost to self-esteem, to self-worth, how they feel about themselves. To be able to have a stable job, a stable home, it makes a person feel a little bit more human," says Phelan. 
To help them start a sober life.
"Really give them long-lasting sobriety. We're not talking about just the six months they're here, we want to know that 10 years down the road they're still clean and sober," says Phelan.      


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