Break­ing the cy­cle of ad­dic­tion

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What does CARP do?

CARP has re­sumed its orig­i­nal mis­sion — to of­fer hope to the un­der­served al­co­holic and drug ad­dicted. It is cur­rently build­ing two gen­der­spe­cific 12-step homes. Our goal is to help break the cy­cle of hope­less ad­dic­tion, de­pen­dency and re­sult­ing home­less­ness among Palm Beach County’s vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents. CARP res­i­dences will em­ploy an ab­sti­nence-based 12-step re­cove r y mo d e l proven to be ef­fec­tive against ad­dic­tion. Meet­ings will be manda­tory, and 24-hour su­per­vi­sion will en­sure that all res­i­dents par­tic­i­pate, with spon­sor­ship. How does your agency ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity?

CARP helps al­le­vi­ate the bur­den of home­less, ad­dicted i ndiv i du a l s o n t he P a l m Beach County com­mu­nity. We rec­og­nize that those suf­fer­ing from ad­dic­tion need a safe, se­cure en­vi­ron­ment in which to learn new cop­ing skills and to pre­pare to work. We will col­lab­o­rate with nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity ser­vices in Palm Beach County to em­power the res­i­dents.

CARP wil l a l s o benefi t res­i­dents through­out Palm Beach County, as the abil­ity to en­gage in a sup­port­ive, un­der­stand­ing, sober com­mu­nity is crit­i­cal to on­goi n g re c ove r y. T h e CARP res­i­dences will pro­vide the foun­da­tion for this on­go­ing com­mu­nity, and those who grad­u­ate from the res­i­dency pro­grams will be in­vited to con­tinue to be a part of this CARP com­mu­nity to en­sure its long-term strength and sus­tain­abil­ity. What i s your a ge nc y ’s fo­cus for the fu­ture?

We are cur­rently build­ing two men’s and women’s 12-step homes. Each res­i­dence will wel­come 24 in­di­vid­u­als, pro­vide su­per­vi­sion for res­i­dents, and fea­ture meet­ing rooms as well as other ameni­ties to pro­vide a safe, sta­ble, and se­cure home­like en­vi­ron­ment that fully sup­ports the re­cov­ery process. How can the com­mu­nity help?

CARP will not be ac­cept­ing funds from county, state, or fed­eral fun­ders, as the com­pli­ance re­quire­ments are of­ten in di­rect con­flict with the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mis­sion of pro­vid­ing ab­sti­nence-based re­cov­ery. We ask our com­mu­nity to re­mem­ber that just $40 can fund a day of re­cov­ery and hope for a re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic or ad­dict.

In ad­di­tion, CARP is al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers to be­come a part of our grow­ing com­mu­nity, to have a pres­ence in the homes at meet­ings or as a spon­sor, or to as­sist with var­i­ous fundrais­ing ef­forts — in­clud­ing drives to gather ba­sic house­hold items for CARP res­i­dents.

PHOTO BY DEB­BIE SCHATZ

William DeMott (left), chair­man of CARP’s spring lun­cheon, stands with guest speaker Mark Lund­holm on March 10 at the 2018 An­nual Spring Lun­cheon at Four Sea­sons Re­sort Palm Beach. The lun­cheon raised al­most $500,000 for the 12-step home and re­cov­ery pro­grams that help men and women over­come ad­dic­tion and lead pro­duc­tive, sober lives.

Kelly Lan­ders, board pres­i­dent of CARP

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