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?