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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.

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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.

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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.