THE PROBLEM

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 46 people die every day from an overdose of prescription painkillers in the US. Heroin use in the US increased 63% between 2002 and 2013, which has precipitated a spike in the number of accidental overdose of drugs and opiates, including fentanyl. 

In North Carolina,nearly one million North Carolinians suffer from chemical dependency. Three times as many are impacted by another person's dependency. In addition to the loss of the life and impact on families, there are tremendous cost assoiated with addiction including increased crime, healthcare needs, cost of social services, lost productivity and automobile accidents...

According to the North Carolina Department of Human Services:

  • The number of medication or drug poisonings in North Carolina increased from 383 in 1999 to 1,215 in 2013. 

  • Prescription opioids contributed to more than 505 of the medication or drug poisoning deaths in 2013.

  • The number of heroin related deaths in North Carolina tripled from 45 deaths in 2011 ti 171 deaths in 2013. 

THE NEED

Alcoholism and drug addiction have become so prevalent and impacted families in Albemarle. Will's Place is the first sober living home in the area offering structure and support for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, For many who successfully complete a 30 day residential program, their greatest challenge is coming home. Without the structure and support of others who are committed to living a sober life, the likelihood of relapse increases. We want to make it possible for more men to return to Albemarle, learn how to live a life free from drugs and alcohol, rebuild their lives and contribute to the community in meaningful ways. 

According to several conservative estimates, every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return between $4 and $7 in reduce drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exced cost by a ratio of 12 to 1.