By The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus
COLUMBUS – Substance abuse and addiction can be debilitating, even life-threatening. It affects millions of Americans each year. But for men in Columbus who are combating addiction, more help is becoming available.
The Last House on The Block, a sober living environment, has grown from an eight-bed home in an east Columbus neighborhood to a new facility that will house 12 to 15 male residents once it’s completed.
“We’ve had some good success with our current home on King Street and we’ve gotten a lot of interest from people all over the state,” home spokesman David Duett said. “So, we’ve been blessed to get a new home at 206 Tuscaloosa Road, which is the old Masonic Temple building. We were recently approved to have a halfway house in this building by the Columbus City Council, which was very supportive of what we are doing. We hope to have everything completed and start moving guys in by mid- to late September.”
The home is designed to provide support for men who have been through a minimum 30-day drug and alcohol program, either in a residential treatment facility or while being incarcerated.
“We have a six-month transitional program,” said Duett. “It is a 12 step-based program with daily devotionals. Our mission is to provide hope for alcohol and drug dependent men who desire to reclaim their integrity and their place in society. In a drug-free, structured environment, residents will develop spiritual and moral principles which will assist them in becoming productive citizens. This house is God’s house first, then it’s the community’s house and then it’s the guys’ house. We have gone through some similar things and we just want to help people like we were helped. We were given a chance and we just want to give that back to someone else.”
A halfway house for men in Lowndes County may fill a void in the community, said Michael Valentine, executive director of the Starkville-based Golden Triangle Recovery Center.