If you pay any attention to the news, you know that the country, including Pittsburgh, is facing an epidemic of substance abuse and addiction. It seems that a day doesn’t go by without a horrendous report of parents overdosing in the presence of their distraught children, young people dying from an overdose, or of crimes being committed while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. While this may all seem dire, there are beacons of hope who offer help in breaking the bonds of addiction.
One of them is Alpha House, Inc. Located in Shady Side, Alpha House was established in 1971 and offers a variety of services to help those dealing with addiction. It is an adult residential therapeutic community that employs a “whole person” approach to recovery. While there, residents learn good work habits, attain high school diplomas, negotiate family issues, receive education about HIV/AIDS, and obtain referrals for health services for themselves and their children. It also provides outpatient programs for those requiring less intensive intervention.
Popular Pittsburgh had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Veronica I. Jones, LPC, the Executive Director of Alpha House, a professional on the front-lines, to get her perspective about the substance abuse epidemic and how Alpha House offers hope for those seeking to break free from addiction and regain their lives.