One of the biggest concerns for recovering addicts is finding affordable and quality aftercare. Continuing in an aftercare program following rehab or inpatient treatment is hugely beneficial to maintaining sobriety “in the real world”. Some treatment centers provide aftercare planning, helping clients to establish a plan for when they leave treatment. But not all facilities provide this service. Further, money is often an issue for those who are trying to rebuild their lives. Two recovering addicts in Bel Air, Maryland, are trying to provide a solution for this.

The Turning Point Project

Zack Trabbold and Robert Massa, two former heroin addicts, experienced firsthand the benefits to having sober living arrangements after their time in treatment. They also recognize that people who have “hit bottom” typically have limited funds, so finding affordable aftercare fresh out of rehab can be difficult. The two recently started The Turning Point Project, a nonprofit that helps those that are newly sober to find sources of funding for their entry into halfway houses or sober living facilities. They are working with the Harford County sheriff’s office and health department to get the word out about their program, so that as many possible addicts can be helped.

A Welcome Helping Hand in a Stricken Community

Heroin overdose rates have reached alarming numbers in Harford County. A 2016 Baltimore Sun article reported that the county had seen 52 fatal overdoses and 7 nonfatal in the first 3 months of this year alone. Anyone living in the county can see the current numbers, a harsh reality check, since the Sheriff began posting the overdose numbers on signs outside the Southern Precinct Station (on Route 40 in Edgewood) and the Northern Precinct Station (on Route 23 in Jarrettsville). With so many people falling victim to the perils of addiction, not only in Maryland but across the country, it is inspiring and hopeful that people such as Trabbold and Massa, who have found a way out, are making real efforts to try and help others. Addiction is a disease that isolates its victims, and the idea of working together as a community to help those that still struggle is a valuable one.

Donations are currently being accepted via the project’s GoFundMe page, which can be found here.

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