RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – The Salvation Army of Reno is working to help more men struggling with drug addiction by getting them free treatment.
Like many in Washoe County, Michael M. spent years battling his addiction.
“I was addicted to meth, alcohol, marijuana and all that stuff. That’s what I would do to mask my pain from things from my childhood that, you know, caused a lot of resentment, a lot of rebellion.
After losing his family relationships, including with his son, and being in jail twice, he knew it was time for a change.
“When I started applying for programs when I was about to be released from incarceration, this is the program I applied for and it was approved,” said Michael M.
He says that although it was difficult adjusting to the program and working with others, the structure of the Salvation Army adult rehabilitation program gave him confidence and hope.
“From therapy to chapel services to homework, every day, make your bed, tuck your shirt,” said Michael M. “It’s designed to teach you all the things you might have taken for granted. or that you were never educated when you were younger.
Program recipients participate in devotionals, AA meetings and work therapy, where men sort through donations for 40 hours a week to occupy the mind and learn to cope with work stress .
“We have people from all walks of life,” said Maj. Darren Trimmer, Washoe County coordinator for the Salvation Army. “Whether they’re from the prison system, whether they’ve been homeless on the streets, we’ve even had business people who have a successful business and because they need help, they come to us.
The establishment has 68 beds and 31 of them are available. Chaplain and director Wade Furlong says about 250 men graduate each year and believes it’s the spiritual component that makes the program special.
“We introduce people to God, who allows them to heal their wounds, their blockages,” Furlong said.
If it wasn’t for ARP, Michael says he’d probably be in jail. He will graduate in three weeks and his mother and son will attend the start.
“They are proud of me and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with them.”
The program is open to men between the ages of 18 and 62 with an alcohol or drug addiction. Before they start, they must be sober, with no serious criminal history, and ready to commit for six months.
For more information, call Revered Wade Furlong at (775) 688-4571 Ext. 310.
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