Those who battle addiction often do so in the dark of night, behind closed doors and without a hope they will ever be able to overcome the ties that are binding them to drugs and/or alcohol. Beating the odds is tough. It takes a willingness to fight and a set of skills that can be taught.
While getting sober is half the battle, staying that way is often where recovering addicts get hung up. In Tuscarawas County there is a free resource to men who want to learn the skills they need to pave their way back to a life without dependency. That resource is Pathway to Wellness Recovery Center. The five-bed facility located in New Philadelphia recently celebrated its third anniversary. In that time frame there have been successes and relapses, lessons learned, skills taught and countless cases with better endings because of the resources available at the center. A total of 19 residents have received services. Of those, seven have credited Pathway to Wellness with savings their lives.
A caring, supportive and involved staff is supplemented with volunteers from the community as well as specialized groups such as career counselors and life coaches with a wealth of knowledge and experience they can impart on those who call Pathway to Wellness their home. The average length of a stay was eight months. The maximum amount of time stayed is approximately one year. Long-term recovery is achieved using holistic, evidence-based approaches that address physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual aspects of the men’s lives in collaboration with community treatment providers.
To put the services offered at Pathway to Wellness into perspective, $20 purchases 200 pounds of food at the Akron Canton Food Bank; $50 provides five hours of House Manager Support; $100 allows for six hours of Case Management and $500 pays the basic utilities at the house for one month. Pathway to Wellness is the only recovery center for men in Tuscarawas County and the need to expand is ever-increasing as the waiting list gets longer on a daily basis. If every resident of Tuscarawas County, according to the most recent census, totaling 92,672 people, donated just $5 each, a 20-bed facility could be operated well into the future.
As a way to help raise the funds needed to keep Pathway to Wellness operational and keep those who utilize its services on the road to recovery, a golf outing has been planned for the Wilkshire Hills Golf Course in Bolivar on Sunday, August 20. Funds raised will directly benefit Pathway to Wellness, Tuscarawas County’s only rehabilitation and recovery center for men who are battling substance abuse and addiction. Cost is $65 per golfer or $260 per team. The cost covers 18 holes of golf, steak dinner and door prizes as well as beverages. If you don’t have a team, one can be created based on those who sign up. Tee off begins with a shot-gun start. Optional mulligans can be purchased for $5 each. There will also be a skins game for those interested at a rate of $20 per team. Steak dinners will be available for those wishing to attend but not golf for $20 per person.
Limited sponsorship opportunities are available to anyone interested in being a sponsor at a rate of $150 per hole sponsored. Registration forms are available by calling 330-340-0209 or online at fothtusc.org and then click on “News and Events” on the right hand side of the page.
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