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Cautious optimism for Bristol Lifestyle Recovery opening

July 15,2016 05:25

There will be 240 beds to house people coming out of homelessness, prison, and addiction at the Bristol Lifestyle Recovery Center. Bob Garrett, executive director of parent company Fairview Housing, said it can't open soon enough. "For every day this ...and more »



BRISTOL, TN/VA -
After months of financial hold-ups a new major drug treatment center is back on track.
There will  be 240 beds to house people coming out of homelessness, prison, and addiction at the Bristol Lifestyle Recovery Center. Bob Garrett, executive director of parent company Fairview Housing, said it can't open soon enough."For every day this facility is not open, there could be a death almost everyday," Garrett said.The program has been held up since last fall over funding issues. Now almost all the money is in place, although Garrett said they still need about $200,000 in donations.  He said they're actively out in the community raising the money.The building that used to be a nursing home is getting in shape for move-in, including getting a new roof.Tenants will live in the facility for up to two years as they work to re-integrate into a healthy lifestyle."Housing and lack of transportation are the two primary reasons that folks recidivate, and also the reason folks relapse once they do get clean," said community relations director Linda Austin.People living here will include young adults out of foster care, pregnant mothers, and people sentenced from drug recovery court.Austin said the program tackles the roots of addiction, not the symptoms. There are plans for life skills classes, and wrap-around services including therapy and mental health services."When life becomes difficult they reach for a bottle or a pill and so were going to be working with them to help them understand they have options and choices," Austin said.The cost per tenant will be $800 a month for room and board and other services, including help finding a job."We want them to pay rent because they need to get used to that," she said.No maintenance drugs or opioids will be tolerated."There will be a balance of truth and grace here because too much of either skews the atmosphere," Austin said.The facility is on North Street in the West State Street area. It rides the state line, making it possible for people on probation to live in as long as they reside on the side of the necessary state. It also allows the facility to use resources from both states.Men and women will live on separate floors.The opening date is not yet set, but is expected by the end of the year. Austin and Garrett have cautious optimism for the successful opening this time around.Donations for the program can be sent to Bristol Lifestyle Recovery, P.O. Box 371, Bristol, Tennessee 37621.   

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