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Homes of Promise – August 2017 Press Release

Ray Adamyk, Executive Director of Homes of Promise, Buys Iconic YMCA Building in Pomona


POMONA, Calif. – Ray Adamyk, Executive Director of Home of Promise, announced today that he has purchased the iconic YMCA Building located at 350 N. Garey Avenue in Pomona, Calif. for $2.65 million. Bank of the West provided financing to Adamyk and the seller was Sheng Ma, LLC. Spectra Company will restore and renovate the property.

The approximately 80,000 square-foot property, built in 1920 and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, includes two free-standing buildings. The main building is a beautiful, three-story brick and terracotta structure that contains more than 50 studio residential units, a swimming pool, basketball court, a gym and four racquetball courts. It also features high stain glass windows that face a row of palm trees near Garey Avenue, a main thoroughfare leading to the heart of Pomona.

The award-winning Spectra Company, known for restoring some of the most iconic buildings in the Western United States, has been headquartered in Pomona since 2000. According to Adamyk, Spectra Company & Homes of Promise will relocate its operations to the YMCA Building once it restores the property and completes a multi-million-dollar renovation. Plans call for converting the main building into non profit creative office space and affordable residential units. Also, the gyms and sports courts will be restored to host special events such as weddings, holiday parties and corporate meetings and more. The southwest corner will serve the community with a new café and coffee bar.

“Buying the historic YMCA Building is an honor and I’d like to thank the City of Pomona and Bank of the West for helping to make it happen,” said Adamyk. “Spectra Company has restored some of California’s greatest landmarks, but this has been an especially rewarding and personal achievement as I have done business in Pomona for the last 17-plus years and my wife and I are proud residents of this great city. We look forward to restoring the YMCA to its original grandeur.”

Spectra Company will begin the restoration and renovation of the building later this summer with a groundbreaking ceremony to follow. The costs to complete the project are estimated to be $7.5 million. Bank of the West will provide the loan for construction. A Grand Opening of the new YMCA Building is tentatively planned for early 2019. City officials see the future of the YMCA Building as a key component to the overall revitalization of Pomona.

“I can’t express enough how excited the City is to have the YMCA in the hands of Ray Adamyk and the wonderful people at Spectra Company,” said Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval. “Thousands of kids and families from throughout the Pomona Valley benefited from this historic structure for several decades, so we are thrilled with the plans for what is to come.”

For more information on Spectra Company, please visit

www.SpectraCompany.com

About Homes of Promise

Homes of Promise, a 501(c)(3) non profit, owns and operates faith based recovery homes dedicated to providing a safe environment, fellowship and accountability to those who are committed to recovery. The YMCA building will be their new office headquarters.

For more information on Homes of Promise, please browse around our website.

NEWS RELEASE: HOP Holds First Leadership Community Meeting

LA VERNE, Calif.Homes of Promise, a recovery home organization using Christian principles in order to help restore lives, held its first HOP Leadership Community meeting recently in order to bring people together who are interested in coming alongside the non-profit.

NEWS RELEASE

Founder Ray Adamyk wants to see more churches and ministries in the U.S. support Christ-centered recovery homes, including providing a program that’s already become successful in Izzy’s Place locations in La Verne and Ontario.

“Homes of Promise is really in the restoration business,” said Adamyk, speaking to about 40 people in attendance. “We want to help restore men’s lives to what God had originally intended for them to be.”

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HOP believes true recovery from problems such as drug addiction and alcohol abuse is achieved through the love of Jesus and his active presence in men’s lives. The organization provides a safe, sober and Christ-centered housing environment for those who want to live with others who have a desire to look to Jesus Christ for guidance and direction on the road to recovery.

Although Adamyk, who also runs a historic buildings restoration business (Spectra Company), has already opened two facilities for men who have had problems with alcohol and drugs through Homes of Promise (http://www.homesofpromise.org/) this year, his vision is much wider.

He would like to see each church in America sponsor a recovery home.

“What I want to do with the rest of my life, even though I’m involved with the restoration of historic buildings, is fully involve myself in the restoration of men’s lives,” he said from his office in Pomona, California, recently.

In addition to opening more recovery homes locally, Adamyk revealed at the meeting that he is in the process of obtaining a large swath of ranch land north-east of Los Angeles to be used for, among several things, a place urban youth can experience an outdoor setting that many have never experienced.

“There’s something about God’s creation that lifts the soul and heals,” he said. “We want young men to experience the love of God through a beautiful setting and great fellowship.”

Community leadership meetings take place monthly. Please email amurashko@homesofpromise.org for more information.

On the Web: HomesOfPromise.org

Note: Homes of Promise is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit

Media Contact
Alex Murashko, Public Relations
Homes of Promise
(949) 547-0907
amurashko@homesofpromise.org

The Scary Side of Alcohol Consumption

Have you ever wondered why consuming alcohol seems to make people do strange things? Believe it or not it all comes down to science. There is a scientific reason for everything that happens when it does. It all boils down to receptors in the brain. How many of them there are. How they are spaced apart and the exact locations of these receptors. What are these receptors called? They are called Gaba receptors and here is what happens.

Alcohol and Gaba Receptors

Alcohol has a very peculiar effect on the Gaba receptors in the brain. When a person has the first drink, the brain boosts the levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is being called the brain’s reward chemical. Dopamine is released when people eat,sleep and have sex. It gives you a general overall feeling of euphoria. You feel calm, relaxed and overall really good.

This happens in the beginning and it is nothing more than a trick because these effects wear off quickly and then the problems start to make themselves noticed.

When alcohol is consumed in higher doses another entirely different part of the brain gets shut off. The part of the brain that gets shut off is the part of the brain that controls fear. This is why people seem to have more courage when they have been drinking. This false security is why people get injured and killed after a long bout of drinking.

When sober, your average person can easily calculate risks associated with certain tasks. Alcohol has the opposite effect. It clouds a person’s judgment and makes risks seem almost inviting. Yet again, just another trick and the reason there are so many alcohol related injuries.

There are other side effects as well. Alcohol can make a person drop their guard and trust people they would not normally trust. Some people also become more generous. All of these traits seem somewhat harmless, but they are not.

The other nasty direct side effect of alcohol is violence. It is no secret that heavy drinkers are often more violent than non-drinkers. Fill a violent person with alcohol and you are just looking for massive problems. This is why there are so many alcohol fueled fights.

The highest levels of alcohol consumption can shut down even more areas of the brain causing people to lose memory and seem as if they are suffering from dementia. This is especially scary considering there are thousands of people who do this to themselves on an almost weekly basis.

What About the Long Term Effects?

All of these symptoms are only temporary. That’s the good news, but the long term effects of heavy drinking on the human body are very dangerous. Brain damage, memory problems, depression, anxiety and ultimately suicide are the more common long term effects of heavy alcohol consumption.

Why Getting Help for Alcoholism Is So Important

To say that alcoholism is a nasty disease would be a massive understatement. Alcoholism is not discriminatory. It does not prey on the poor. It does not prey on a particular race. It does not prey on an age bracket or an income stream.

Alcoholism is very apparent in all walks of life all over the planet. It reaches people who have great jobs and make millions of dollars. It reaches people who are jobless and broke and it penetrates faithful religions on a daily basis.

You might even say alcoholism is a global epidemic. Getting help is the only real solution to this problem and that help can come in a wide variety of programs, methods or support groups.

Is There A Cure for Alcoholism?

Leslie Keeley operated an alcohol treatment center by the name of Keeley Institute. These centers were very popular in the late 1800s and eventually closed down in 1965. When patients arrived at the Keeley Institute they were all give equal treatment which consisted of a nice comfortable room, encouragement, individual attention and four shots of gold bichloride a day. His methods had a high success rate even though his magical solution was not something that existed.

Was his magical concoction a cure for alcoholism? Some say it was and others say the Keeley Institute had a high success rate because of the way it approached people suffering from alcoholism. The centers gave each person individual attention and encouragement. This was something that was unheard of back then and many people believe these two things are the only reasons the Keeley Institute had such a high success rate.

The Benefits of Positive Encouragement

Positive thinking has the power and ability to transform lives. People really can do anything they put their mind to, but many people simply don’t because they lack the proper encouragement. This is especially true in alcoholism because it creates a dark cloud around every person involved. Knowing there is a light at the end of this tunnel and being encouraged to reach for it makes a world of difference.

The Benefits of Individual Attention

No two people are alike. This is true of the physical, mental and chemical portions of our bodies. This simple fact proves that individualized attention can make a huge difference for a wide variety of problems including alcoholism. One person suffering from alcoholism may exhibit completely different symptoms than another. This is why individual attention is so important.

Never Doubt the Power of Fellowship

Having other people who are going through the same process at your side can be a huge help. One of the problems associated with alcoholism is feeling like you are all alone. A fellowship proves this otherwise by showing you that you are indeed not alone. Being with others who are going through the same process is an excellent learning experience for every person involved.

Choosing to not get help would is the single largest mistake a person suffering from alcoholism can make. If you or someone you know is suffering from alcoholism, make sure they get the help they need to live a long, happy, healthy life.

4 Common Signs of an Alcohol Problem

Alcoholism is currently affecting over 17 million people in the United States alone. On a global scale alcoholism is a much bigger problem. Being able to determine when the casual drink crosses over and becomes an addiction is the larger part of the problem people are facing all over the world. There are a few warning signs that things are going too far, but the people who are drinking are blind to these all too common warning signs. Learning to spot these alcohol patterns can and will help people fight alcohol abuse or dependency. Here are a few of the more common red flags that should not be ignored.

Alcohol Tolerance Levels

When a person has their first alcoholic drink, one drink may be sufficient. Over time though the body builds up a tolerance to alcohol and more is needed in order to feel good. That one drink now becomes four or five. In some cases people may be able to drink massive amounts of alcohol without showing any signs of being intoxicated. This is one of the major problems with alcohol. Most people never notice this slow change until a dependency has been formed.

Alcohol Withdrawal

One of the more common signs that almost always gets overlooked is alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The human body starts to depend on alcohol and not getting it will create some common problems which include: anxiety, sweats, fatigue, depression, insomnia, irritability, headaches, loss of appetite and nausea.

Many of these symptoms get treated with habit forming medications. These medications do nothing more than mask the problem. Alcohol, being the reel root of the problem gets overlooked. It is much easier to prescribe a medication than it is to treat the underlying problem.

Drinking Starts to Become More Important

People who are developing alcohol dependency will often stop doing the things they loved. This includes hobbies and healthy activities. Instead, they start making more time in their lives for drinking. Their focus and energy levels start to turn to one thing, drinking.

Drinking Continues Despite Problems

As drinking becomes more of a daily pattern problems start to surface. These could be health problems, relationship problems, employment problems or other life altering concerns. These problems are swept under the carpet and ignored even though they continue and escalate.

Can’t Stop

The final and most obvious sign of a drinking problem is a person who can’t stop drinking even when they want to. This is often when things start to spiral out of control.

Help is always available to anyone who may be experiencing these problems and it is never too late to try and get help with alcohol dependency. Continued long term alcohol abuse has many very serious side effects that can be prevented with the right help. Take back control of your life and get help today.

Alcoholism Is Proving to Be More Dangerous Than We Thought

We have all heard, read and most seen the short term problems associated with alcoholism, but recent studies have proven that alcoholism also has some very serious long term side effects as well. The results of these new studies might be shocking to some people, but people who have recovered from years of alcohol abuse may have already been through some of these problems.

Alcoholism Shortens Your Life

Perhaps the most alarming find that has come from these new studies is the fact that alcoholism can and will shorten a person’s life. On average, alcoholism has been known to shave just over seven years off of a person’s life. Living a long healthy life and alcohol just don’t mix. It is not surprising considering the physical damage that alcoholism does to the human body.

Alcoholism Causes Other Physical Problems

These recent studies have also helped scientists understand that alcoholism causes plenty of other very dangers illnesses that are detrimental to the human body. Important body functions controlled by the liver, airways, pancreas, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract are adversely affected by alcoholism. Cataracts, heart attacks and cardiovascular disease are more frequent in people who suffer from alcoholism.

The Tests were conducted over a 12 year period where over 23,000 people with alcohol dependence were compared to over 200,000 people without alcohol dependence. While the tests were being conducted, approximately 1 out of 5 people who exhibited alcohol dependence died. Only 1 in 12 patients who did not show alcohol dependence died.

Getting Help

The recent facts surrounding the long term dangers of alcoholism only prove that getting help is necessary in order to live a long, happy and healthy life. At Homes of Promise, we are here to help with the transition after the healing process has already begun.

Our home provide a safe living environment with a strong Christian foundation that centers on Jesus Christ. We utilize the Celebrate Recovery program and our guests are required to maintain a responsible lifestyle while they are here.

Let Us Help You!

We are here for you. If you or someone you know is in need of help, then contact us. We would be more than happy to help. Learn about our house requirements or any other questions that you may have in mind. Call us today at: 888-856-9480 and let us lend a helping hand.

Do You Know A Problem Drinker?

Substance abuse falls under several categories and most people don’t even consider alcohol to be one of them when in fact it is one of the most dangerous of them all. If you were to ask a small group of people what they consider substance abuse to be, you would hear things like: heroin, cocaine, meth, opiates and benzodiazepines. Alcohol rarely even comes up in this type of conversation because it has become common and accepted but alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States and it is hurting more people every single day.

  • 1 in every 12 adults suffers from alcohol abuse.
  • There are more than seven million children in the United States who have at least one parent with an alcohol problem.

Social Drinking

Alcohol is so widely accepted and it is often used in social environments like parties, celebrations or a simple night out on the town. Social drinking is being labeled a “low risk” type of drinking where a person has around seven drinks per week. That would be one drink every night. This low risk pattern of drinking can often lead to the next step where people are being called problem drinkers.

What Defines A Problem Drinker?

Problem drinkers will have a period of time in their lives when they drink heavily. It could last from one year to four or more. A lot of the problem drinkers will run into problems associated with their drinking habits and slow things down or stop completely. This does not happen with an alcoholic.

Alcoholics may be able to slow things down for a short period of time, but they will always return to periods of heavy drinking. There are often signs or symptoms associated with alcoholics. They will typically behave very differently when they are drinking. They also have no control over the amount they drink. Once they start, they find it difficult or impossible to stop. Alcoholics will also start using alcohol as a reward to help them get through a life event.

The truth is, alcoholics need help. That help could come in the form of friends and family or the help could come from a professional group of people who have designed a working plan to stop drinking. If you or someone you know is having troubles with alcohol don’t simply think these problems will pass because they won’t. Without the proper help, the problems will only eventually spiral completely out of control and hurt every single person involved. This includes immediate family members and friends.

At Homes of Promise, we can help by providing a clean, sober living environment with structure and purpose. All of our guests are required to maintain legal, stable jobs or search for employment on a regular basis. This structure helps the healing process.

Waiting is not the right choice. Getting help immediately is the best way to prevent any further problems from spiraling out of control.  

What Makes An Excellent Rehab Facility?

Deciding that it is indeed time for help with your addiction is a difficult task in and of itself. Choosing the right steps towards a happy sober life can be even more intimidating. To complicate matters even further, each individuals needs are unique.

It is because of these reasons that most people ultimately decide that they do not need help. This does not have to be the case with you or someone you know and love. There are plenty of treatment facilities out there worth looking into. Here are some of the more common things you should be looking for in a drug rehab treatment facility.

Program Effectiveness

Determining the effectiveness of drug rehab treatment program can be a little tricky. It is best to get this information from an outside source as opposed to the rehab treatment program itself, but there may be instances where this type of information is not readily available to the public. If this is the case, then ask the drug rehab treatment center for some specific information regarding their overall success rates. If they can’t or won’t furnish you with this information, then this is not the drug rehab treatment center for you.

Licensing

It never hurts to ask for information regarding the treatment facilities license. This is yet another piece of information that should be given freely and openly by the rehab treatment center in question. There should also be a full time staff of mental health professionals that are ready to help every single person within the facility.

Accreditation

The rehab center that you choose should also be accredited with the state where it operates. This means the facility has met or exceeded the requirements the state has put in place to help rehab centers achieve the highest levels of service possible.

Tips for Finding the Right Center

The first step you should take is talking to your doctor about your problem. They will be able to get you started on the right path towards choosing the right facility. The next important step is talking with your health insurance company to see which facilities are covered under your health insurance plan. This should also help you get started choosing the right facilities by giving a list of facilities to choose from.

Choosing to not get help is the worst choice to make. It might be a little challenging trying to locate the perfect rehab facility, but consider this small challenge the first step towards living a happy, healthy, sober life.

3 Important Traits Every Sober Living House Should Have

Taking the sober road will require several different commitments from you. You must first enter into an addiction treatment program and successfully complete the program. Once you have completed the treatment program, you will be released back into the real world where temptations will come from every possible angle. Ignoring these constant temptations can be very difficult and many people end up right back where they started.

One option to ignore these temptations and continue on the path to sobriety would be to choose a sober living house. This can help you transition from the treatment program back into the real world.

What Is A Sober Living House?

A sober living house is a house that provides a sober living environment far away from any of the world’s popular temptations that often lead most people back to the world of using. Choosing the right sober living environment can and will make all the difference in the world and most importantly, the right sober living house will help you live a long, happy and healthy sober life.

What Should You Look For?

The sober living house that you choose should have a strong community base that is there to offer you help when you need it the most. There is no doubt that living a sober life will be full of challenges that vary in size. This community of fellowship should be in place to offer you a helping hand. You will be able to bond with other members of the community, and you will also be able to lend a helping hand as well.

Location

Don’t overlook the location of the sober living house because it is very important. You might consider a sober living house that is close to your current place of residence, but choosing a sober living house that is further away might be a better option for avoiding common temptations and emotional triggers that often lead people down the wrong path.

Understand the Rules

Every sober living environment presents a set of rules that each member must abide by at all times. If you do not agree with these rules, then the sober house may not be the best choice for you. Make sure you fully know and understand all of the rules associated with the sober living house you have chosen. It will clear up any possible confusion that might occur in the future.

Choosing a sober living house should not be a difficult task. It is ultimately going to be part of the healing process and it is one of the most positive ways to keep you on the path to sobriety.  

3 Proven Tips for Staying Sober

Rebuilding your life once you become sober can and will be trying. Life and everything it throws in your path can be challenging for even the strongest human beings. With negativity coming from every angle, it can be hard to stay positive. Misery may love company but negativity does too. It spreads from person to person and tries its best to get under your skin.

Taking the path to sobriety is like being reborn. You finally get to see the world through clear sober eyes. No more waking up dreading what may or may not have happened the night before. There is an entire new world out there waiting for you. You just need to take the sober bull by the horns and ride off into the sunset.

Take It A Day At A Time

Every rising sun brings you a new day full of possibilities and opportunities. You can bet some of these opportunities will tempt you and some of them will test your strength. It is important to remember to take things one day at a time and focus on all of the positive things that can and will happen in your life from this point on. Focusing on the negative aspects will only make things much worse for you. Shrug them off and enjoy the good times.

Get A Strong Support Team

Making it through the first few months of sobriety on your own will be one of the toughest things you will have to endure. Having a strong and plentiful support team on your side will make things much easier. It could be friends or family members or it could be a group of people who have just come into your life. Support helps. Use it.

Keep A Journal

Very few people like the idea of keeping a journal, but a journal is an excellent way to keep track of your progress. It gives you a look back in time to see some of the obstacles you have already overcome. Being able to see and relive those trying times can give you the extra strength to stay clean and sober.

Each and every day that you stay sober gets you one step closer to achieving the life you deserve to live. Five years down the road and your drinking days will be nothing more than a blurry memory.

Choosing A Sober Living Environment

Starting a sober lifestyle is always a challenge. This is especially true if you have been a heavy drinker or using drugs for an extended period of time. Something as simple as carrying on a conversation can wind up being a challenge. This is just one of the reasons living sober can be so difficult. The temptations to start using or drinking again seem like the right choice because they are so easy and familiar. It is ultimately your choice and you can make the best choice that will lead to a positive, enriching life full of happiness.

Making New Friends

One of the toughest challenges will be making new friends that fully know and understand what it means to live a sober lifestyle. Most people figure that they will be battling their addictions alone, but this is far from the truth.

Joining any type of sober living community will teach you more than how to live a happy, sober life. It will also teach you that you are never alone. No matter how bad things have gotten or may get, there will always be someone there to talk to and help you get through it.

Most sober living environments consist of people at various stages of sobriety. There are always people who have been exactly where you are and they are more than willing to offer a helping hand when you need it the most. You don’t have to have friends that are using to enjoy life.

Choosing A Sober Living Community

The choice to live sober is often the most difficult choice of all. Choosing the right community can often be a challenge as well. In order to make the transition as easy as possible, here are a few things to consider.

  • Location: You may want to choose a location that is far away from your current home. It can be an advantage to provide some distance between you and the people who are always enabling your habits.
  • Help: Ask yourself what kind of help the sober living community will provide you. Do they have a full-time staff that consists of doctors, psychologists and nurses? Are there volunteers who are willing to help you in the middle of the night? Knowing the answers to these questions will make it easier to choose the right community.
  • Amenities: Are there any amenities available? Do you have access to the things you need in order to live a sober life?
  • Rules of the Road: Every sober living community will have rules that you must adhere to. Find out what the house rules are before you make a commitment.


Choosing sobriety is always the best answer. Don’t let the challenges you will ultimately face in the coming days prevent you from making the right choices.

Homes of Promise Theme Song “Against All Odds” – Izzy’s Song

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Izzy Farrach, Co-Founder

Sharif Iman is a prolific singer and songwriter out of Nashville, Tennessee.

The song Against All Odds speaks to our ever present need of God in our lives and “Against All Odds” we are still here despite struggles and challenges we all face.

We call this Izzy’s Song, for it was Izzy, who lived an amazing life for God, “Against All Odds”

Click on the link below to listen and enjoy.


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Change Your Frame of Mind and Stop Drinking Today

Habitual drinking never ends well. Many people will struggle for years before they decide to stop forever and some people may not make it that far. Any person who has had a night of too much to drink will inevitably remember the next morning because it is almost always the same thing.

You slowly open your eyes and shield them from any possible light source. Your head starts to pound and then you realize you don’t remember the night before. What did you do? Who did you talk to? An unsettling feeling slowly overcomes you as you try and remember how you got home. This is how the next morning is for the lucky ones. Some people never wake up and others wake up in a jail cell. This is no way to live your life. Isn’t it time you put these horrible mornings behind you forever?

Change Your Thought Process

Many people refuse to stop drinking because they don’t like the idea of it. They automatically assume that life without a drink will be nothing more than a series of unbelievably boring days and nights. This single thought creates doubt. That doubt then ultimately leads to deciding it will be better to continue drinking. It is far too easy to convince yourself that drinking is the right answer. These thoughts are the drink. Life is a far superior experience through sober eyes and changing the way you think about it can have a huge impact on your success.

All the good times that you think have been a direct result of drinking are not. This is one secret that not enough people are aware of, and the only way to fully understand this secret is to experience it yourself. Denial has a voice and it is a liar, but it difficult to not listen when all you can think about is how your next drink will make you feel better.

Living a long and healthy life starts off with changing the way you think about the whole process. Realizing that life will indeed be much better once you stop drinking is the key. There are a whole lot of things going on in our heads, but it is up to us to make sure we make the rules, not the drinks!

Finding A Sober Living Home In the Los Angeles Area

To say the city of Los Angeles is big would be a huge understatement. It is the second largest metropolitan area in the United States and the 13th largest metropolitan area on the entire planet. The 2010 census reported over 12 million people living in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. That means there is average of just over 2600 people per square mile. Many of these people have traveled to California to find their dreams of fame and fortune. Los Angeles is definitely a city that is loaded with opportunities. It is an excellent place to live and for many, it is an even better place to party. Trying to live a sober life in the great city of Los Angeles can be a little on the difficult side.

Los Angeles Sober Living

Finding a place to live in the big city won’t be that difficult at all. Finding a place that promotes a sober living environment is a little different. There are not too many places that offer this type of living environment. That is not the case with Homes of Promise. We provide not one, but two great sober living environments in the great state of California. We have Izzy’s Place in La Verne, California and Izzy’s in Ontario, California. Both locations provide an excellent opportunity to live a long, healthy and fruitful sober life.

The Facility in La Verne

This facility is located in a picturesque Edwardian home. The home sits on half an acre of beautiful land with a peaceful garden, fish pond and fruit trees.The home consists of over 4000 square feet where all guests can roam freely. There are a total of six bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The house can accommodate up to 20 guests at any given time.

Amenities include:

  • Landline phone
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Desktop computer access
  • Large kitchen
  • Plenty of parking
  • Verizon Fios TV
  • Close to major highways

Our home offer a unique place to live and stay sober. All of our guests are treated with kindness and respect at all times, but all guests will be required to follow a few simple rules. All guests must maintain stable employment. You will also be required to have a restoration guest and a sponsor as well. This is crucial towards a healthy recovery.

There is always a chance to live a long, healthy, sober life. At Homes of Promise, we are eager to help.

You Can Overcome Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is an often confusing condition where people willfully consume drugs and over a period of time become addicted. What was once a willful decision slowly becomes a want, a need or a full out obsession. Some people find that they have extreme, uncontrollable cravings that eventually wind up controlling their lives.

Science has been able to verify that addiction is indeed a disease which affects multiple areas of the brain. Learning and memory are obviously some of the most common areas of the brain that are affected, but reward and motivation is also affected as well. These two areas are what causes addiction to become such a problem in the first place.

The Facts
According to a recent survey, over 23 million people are currently suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. Of those over23 million people, roughly 10% find the treatment they need. That leaves the other 90% or 20 million people untreated. These frightening results have been very similar every year these surveys are conducted. It is plainly obvious that the real problem here is people not getting the help they need to combat their addictions.

Treatment Is Not Simple
Treatment for any type of drug addiction is never a simple process. There are so many different variables that fall into place. Every person is different and every type of drug has a different effect on each individual. This can make finding the right treatment difficult and this is often why people don’t stop using.

There Is Hope
Finding the right treatment can be difficult, but there is always hope. There are plenty of other people out there who have already undergone treatment and won. These people often dedicate a portion of their lives to helping others find their way through addiction. Don’t think for a minute that there is no hope. There is always hope and there are always people who are eager to help.

Counseling can be found in either a group or individual environment. These types of groups or meetings are often the first step towards getting the help you need. Group counseling will teach you that you are not alone and that there are plenty of people who have been in your exact situation or even worse.

The main thing is seeking out the help that you need. This is the first and often most complicated process in drug addiction.

Facing Addictions With the Help of Celebrate Recovery

Seeking help from any type of addiction can be a very difficult task. There are far too many people out there who do not get the help they need to overcome addiction. The end result is all too common and very sad. It is a downward spiral that affects anyone it touches and could ultimately end in death. Getting help is extremely important but it can be difficult trying to determine the best method.

What About Celebrate Recovery?
There are a few simple questions you can ask yourself to help you determine if Celebrate Recovery is right for you. Ask yourself the following questions.

Is there anything in your life you do that has the potential to hurt others?
Is there anything you wish you could live without?
Is it time to stop denying and admit you are no longer in control of your life?
Do you have a habit that you need to be free of?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Celebrate Recovery is right for you on so many levels.

What Can You Expect From Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery gives you the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where hope and love are mixed together with God’s purpose. This helps people put their lives back together. Celebrate Recovery helps people get the real help they need to overcome their powerful addictions.

One great thing about Celebrate Recovery is the fact that the entire process is strictly confidential. No one will know you have joined unless you tell them personally. This helps build trust which ultimately enables recovery. There is a saying in Celebrate Recovery that will help you understand the confidentiality.

“Who you see here. What you hear here. When you leave here. STAYS HERE.”

What Types of Problems Does Celebrate Recovery Help?
There are several common life hang-ups that Celebrate Recovery can help with. Anything from alcohol dependency to drugs, sex, low self-esteem, depression, anger, depression, fear, abuse and broken relationships can all benefit from Celebrate Recovery.

All it takes is the first step to admit you need help. Once you have come to that point, Celebrate Recovery will help you overcome your personal problems and live a long healthy life!

Dangerous Signs of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Consuming vast amounts of alcohol has some rather obvious effects that show up as soon as the next morning. The light of the sun makes you want to crawl back under the safety of your covers, the thumping in your head makes you wish you could go back in time and not drink the night before and the thought of food will leave you praying to the porcelain gods.

These are the all too common side effects of a hard night of drinking, but there are other more sinister things happening deep inside your body every single time you choose to overindulge in alcohol.

Serious Long Term Effects
One of the most serious long terms effects of drinking too much comes when a person tries to suddenly stop drinking. The medical term for this is Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, and the end result can wind up being deadly. It doesn’t matter if you have been drinking heavily for a week, a month or a year. The symptoms come on quickly and they can kill you. These symptoms can start as early as two hours after you have stopped drinking.

What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome?
The mild and more common symptoms often start with anxiety and the real problem is that most heavy drinkers just think they have developed anxiety issues. They never once consider the anxiety to be caused by alcohol.

The next most common symptom goes right along with anxiety. It is the shakes. These two go hand in hand and once again most heavy drinkers don’t seem to be able to put two and two together.

The more serious issues associated with Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome are possible seizures and delirium tremens. These can range from a rapid heartbeat to confusion and fever. The death rate for delirium tremens hovers somewhere between 1% and 5%.

The real problem is the speed at which these symptoms can get worse. Most people just shrug these symptoms off and continue the same drinking patterns even though their bodies are trying to tell them something. If you or anyone you know experiences any of these symptoms it is very important to seek medical help immediately. The best choice is to call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room.

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome is a very serious problem and should be treated as such. Seek professional help if you or anyone you know experiences any of these dangerous symptoms.

What Can You Expect From Our Sober Living Environment?

One thing is for certain, none of us know what tomorrow will bring, but with every day comes new opportunities to improve our lives. At Homes of Promise, we are here to help you or your loved ones by providing a sober living environment, but many people don’t fully understand what a sober living environment is. Here is what you can expect from our sober living houses.

Expectations
The first commitment we ask of our guests is to live on site for one full year. During this time frame we also have other expectations for our guests. They are as follows.

You must be legally employed. If you are not currently employed, then you must be actively seeking work. Our locations are conveniently located near bus stops and freeways. This makes it very easy to travel back and forth to work.
All of our guests will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing. A one-time fee will cover this expense and all guests are required to pay this one-time fee. In order to remain in the house, all tests must be negative.
All guests must have a strong willingness to stay clean and sober.
All guests must adhere to the house curfew. This helps keep and orderly atmosphere in the house.
All guests must attend a weekly Friday night Light recovery meeting and all guests must adhere to and participate in the Celebrate Recovery and 12-step programs.

The Accommodations
Guests can expect nice accommodations that include: a fenced in yard with fruit trees, multiple gardens, a fountain pond, Wi-fi access, a spacious kitchen, a landline telephone, a single desktop computer and Verizon Fios TV. Guests will be required to bring their own food.

Everything that is in place at Homes of Promise is designed to help a person live a sober life. Guests will never be alone. There are other guests to interact with. There is a recovery friend and a mentor sponsor as well.

Our sober living environments are the perfect way to start a healthy, sober life. Feel free to contact us today for more information.

Los Angeles Is One of the Best Cities In the World

For many people the desire to travel west and visit the great state of California is a dream come true. Every year thousands of people make the journey out west and many of them fall in love with the California atmosphere. Many of them plan on building new lives in the great cities of California. One such city just so happens to be Los Angeles.

With only 503 square miles of space with 34 of it occupying water, people are packed into this great city tighter than a can of sardines. With a population of almost 4 million people, Los Angeles is the second most populated city in the entire United States. It ranks 63rd in the entire world. You can bet there is a lot to see and do while you are in Los Angeles, but there is also a darker side to this brightly lit city.

Drugs of Choice
Alcohol is always on the top of the list for people struggling with addiction, but many people don’t consider it a drug because it can be bought in every corner store in the city. It is still just as dangerous if not more dangerous than the controlled substances that make their ways to the streets.

Methamphetamine usage is at an all time high in and around Los Angeles. It is cheap and easy to get a hold of. Heroin and prescription drugs are also starting to see more usage as well. Roughly just under 50,000 people were treated for drug and alcohol problems in 2014. Of all the treatments, marijuana, alcohol, heroin and methamphetamine were the top five being treated for. Like many great cities in the United States, Los Angeles has its fair share of problems, but there is always someone willing to help.

Sober Living
At Homes of Promise we offer a Los Angeles sober living environment based on the Christian 12-step recovery program. Our Christian based system is what makes us unique to the other sober living homes in Los Angeles. Our home and our program is truly unique and we strive to help anyone who has issues with alcohol or drug addiction.

Alcohol Related Problems Are On the Rise

It happens more often than not but when it happens to a famous celebrity we all wind up hearing about it. What is “it?” Alcohol related death. We all know that overindulging in alcohol creates short term problems. Any person who has had too much to drink knows this when they come to the next morning and feel like they have been run over by a truck. Most people shrug it off and start drinking again in just a few days.

A few years go by and the damage you have done to your body becomes irreversible. You are now caught in a struggle to stay clean and sober while your body tries its best to recover from years of alcohol abuse. This is no made up fable to prevent people from drinking. This type of thing happens every single day and it is starting to happen more often in young women.

Elizabeth Pena
Cuban-American actress Elizabeth Pena, best known for her role in the hit television show Modern Family becomes part of the statistics that prove this point and yet another tragedy that people will never learn from. She died at the young age of 55 from alcohol.

Women and Alcohol

In a new report published by the Las Vegas based Innovative Detox, statistics are showing that an alarming amount of women are abusing alcohol. The end result of this abuse is scary to say the least. Women are suffering from alcoholism and much like Elizabeth Pena, death.

Are These Statistics Isolated?
There is not one specific geographic area where this is happening. It is happening everywhere across the country. Millions of women are currently struggling with alcoholism and the numbers are growing. In just the last two decades, the number of women who have become “regular” drinkers has risen dramatically. Alcohol related deaths among women have also risen just over 10% in the last 10 years.

These are all alarming facts that we need to pay close attention to and women are not the only ones suffering from alcohol related problems. Men are also suffering the same or similar problems from alcohol. Getting help is the first step towards addressing these problems and an excellent way to start out the new year.

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HOMES OF PROMISE believes in an individualized approach in helping plot our guests’ road to recovery. We help define the key interests, hobbies and goals our guests have and develop a schedule that adheres to these positive tasks while holding them accountable to their own growth. We also help to promote interest and acclimation to the abundant 12 Step meetings and community. We encourage our guests to see that sobriety can be fun by attending house and sober events. Homes Of Promise is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation.