JUNO BEACH, Fla., Dec. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Beach House Center for Recovery is teaming up with two local mothers, Cindy Singer and Staci Katz, to save lives in an opiate epidemic that is killing more than 50,000 Americans each year.
Yesterday the Juno-based drug and alcohol treatment provider launched a "12 Days of Giving" initiative in service to the community this holiday season, with the goal of helping 12 needy recipients with opiate addiction get sober, stabilized and back on their feet. Less than 24 hours later, seven people have already accepted a Beach House scholarship that will provide them with 14 days of detox and treatment, free of charge.
Meanwhile, Singer and Katz' "Go Fund Me" campaign, which was featured last week in a CBS 12 news story, is making progress in its effort to raise $10,000 by December 19, having already collected more than $3,600. "A Birthday Present for Rory," as it's called, is in memory of Singer's son Rory, who would be celebrating his 31st birthday on December 19. (Singer died from a heroin and fentanyl overdose two years ago, after becoming addicted to prescription painkillers following a sports injury.)
In addition to leaving "a tremendous hole in my heart," Singer said Rory's death now spurs her and her daughters to "live the best we can in his honor"— hence her involvement in the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition, where she and Katz first met and got connected with Beach House, and where they were inspired to start their campaign (which is also in honor of Katz' 25-year-old son Dillon, currently in recovery).
The motivation to help others like Rory, as well as their families, is why Katz and Singer feel hopeful about partnering with Beach House to give more people with opiate addiction a chance at treatment and recovery.
"Every parent wants to know where their children are," Katz said, addressing a plight that is common among those with an opiate-addicted son or daughter. "The fact that you're able to walk through Beach House and see what they're doing is so comforting and so promising."
Donations made online through Go Fund Me are being directed to the treatment and living needs of young people (age 30 and under) who are at various stages in recovery from opiate addiction.
"It's a difficult transition to get into treatment, sober living or recovery," Katz said, explaining that basic supplies like clothes, toiletries, bed linens—even a bicycle for getting to doctors' appointments—are often big needs during the transition from treatment to a sober living environment.
Singer recalled a conversation that she had with one of the people who went on to receive a Beach House scholarship— a young father of two. "I asked him, 'What's motivating you to get clean?' He said, 'I'm sick and tired of living this life.'" That's when Singer mentioned Rory: "I said, 'In honor of my son, I really hope you take this opportunity to get clean."
For answers to questions about the Go Fund Me campaign, contact Cindy Singer at Csinger@cruiseplanners.com or Staci Katz at Stacikatz952@gmail.com. For more information about Beach House Center for Recovery's drug and alcohol treatment programs and the full continuum of care that Beach House provides, visit our website or call 1-855-982-0450.
SOURCE Beach House Center for Recovery