I am writing in response to the June 9 article regarding the neighborhood opposition to the property on Delaware Road in Frederick. Everyone wants to believe “not in my neighborhood” when in actuality, if we all take a look, it’s in everyone’s neighborhood. It’s your son, daughter, husband, wife, sister, brother, mother, father, cousin, best friend, etc. Once we open our eyes, we see that addiction surrounds all of us. If you are fortunate enough not to know or love someone that has been touched by this dreadful epidemic or even worse, lost their life, count your blessings.

The house on Delaware Road is home to a few men who have gone through some tough times. In order to live in this house, they must be drug- and alcohol-free, which requires regular testing. They are getting their lives back on track, working jobs, and contributing to society. Sean Nicholson, who oversees the houses, is my friend and an amazing person who is giving back after getting a second chance himself. He’s been in recovery for over 3½ years, and his mission to help others is more honorable than you can imagine. I’d much rather have a sober house in my neighborhood than a home where a family is living and one of their members is selling drugs or driving into the neighborhood under the influence.

We often hear people say they want to help with the drug problem in our community, but when it comes down to it, do we really?

Stacy Allwein

New Market

(13) comments

Business Owner

I don't agree with the writer. Since it is likely that the owner/operator of the addiction recovery program is receiving fees or grants to house recovering addicts, this represents a commercial use, which differs from residential. You can't insert a new use into an established area without scrutiny.

DickD

And there are reasons for having zoning, if they are violating the zoning laws, they should be forced to comply. This has nothing to do with recovering addicts, they can recover anywhere, there is no need to place them in R6 zoning. If the City does not act to enforce their zoning, they should be and probably will be sued.

gabrielshorn2013

Yeah Dick, I guess they could all live in a van down by the river. NIMBYs will always find a way to make it somebody else's problem, no matter the issue. The whole idea of residential recovery is to help recovering addicts get used to being in a residential setting again. Housing them in a fenced compound in an industrial or business area is not that.

Business Owner

Agree -- and if they don't enforce zoning then get rid of it.

Dwasserba

There are already group homes in the city. My single home in the single home part of my neighborhood is next door to a single home group home. Three men, 1-2 caregivers. It was here before our daughter was. She is 23. It's fine. It's a home.

pjok99

People need to understand substance abuse disorder to be able to understand the concept of “sober homes.” When someone is in early recovery they need accountability, rules, curfew, random substance testing. When you are in early recovery, your brain is still not functioning right. It takes 18 months to three years for your brain to heal. With that being said, someone in early recovery benefits from being around people going through the same things they are going through. They need to take direction from people who have moved sober time than they have. They need help and support to re enter society and become a productive part of our society. After care is just as important as inpatient treatment. It’s a process and unfortunately there is no magic wand! #StigmaKILLS

DickD

Stacy, there's zoning that allows 12 non related people to live. R6 zoning is not one of those places.

User1

What the writer confuses in their statement “not in my neighborhood” is someone addicted and a “flophouse”. Of course addiction is present in every neighborhood be it alcohol, drugs or whatever. The main topic is the “halfway house” being in your neighborhood. So I have to disagree with the writer.....NO...there isn’t one in everyone’s neighborhood. Is there one in yours Stacy? Who in your neighborhood is violating the residential zoning laws?

gabrielshorn2013

User, this is not a "flophouse". There people had to earn the ability to live in this residential recovery home after treatment and continued spot checks on their sobriety.

Dwasserba

It is if the persons are handicapped.

threecents

Great letter.

gabrielshorn2013

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Truth!

desireepalmer79

👍🏼 Nailed it!

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