Posted on Oct 4, 2016 by candace cook


Drug and alcohol abuse in York Region affects thousands of families. Many residents suffer in silence from drug and alcohol addiction. Thousands of families, friends, neighbors, employers and employees of substance abusers live with the effects of drug and alcohol addiction in the community. Peter Brewitt, Director of Programs at STEPS said "Conservative estimates, from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey, found that 4.4% of Canadians met the criteria for a substance use disorder." In York Region,that means that almost 50,000 people are directly affected by addiction plus the hundreds of thousands of people in their families and close circles." Brewitt observed.
For the past ten years Steps to Recovery has provided residential treatment services to hundreds of drug addicts and alcoholics. STEPS unique program has assisted hundreds of men in reuniting with their families, become re employed and resume productive lives as contributing members of our community. STEPS for Recovery offers a hand up to those in need, transforming the homeless and precariously housed into productive active members of their community. Tom McConnell, chairman of the board said "I can't describe how gratifying it is for us to see people come to us with broken spirits, broken families and a complete lack of hope and a few months later, we see their family reunited and their taking up a role as active members of our community."
McConnell was also pleased to announce some new services to York Region. The fully accessible CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY CLUB, is a safe place for people in recovery to socialize in a sober and drug free environment. In addition, the facility offers counselling services to families, friends and individuals affected by substance abuse. The Club will host local events, including both 12 step recovery and community events. It will also host local 12 step meetings open to members of the recovery community. The Cornerstone Club currently offers a kitchen, meeting rooms and a billiards table to members of the community. McConnell was excited to discuss the organization's future plans for their Newmarket facility. A gym and yoga studio featuring change rooms and showers, are currently roughed in. Completion of these features is dependent on future funding" he said. "We depend on members of the community to step up and help with fundraising and we are currently actively looking for individual and business sponsors to assist. With so many people affected in our Region, it is important for us to complete this work" McConnell said.
Anyone wishing to find out how they can help can call the STEPS Cornerstone Club at 905 762 1551 Ext. 402
or Peter Brewitt, Director of Programs, at 905 751 3491.


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