Realize U 252 set to open long term addiction recovery home – New Bern Sun Journal

Posted: September 19, 2020 at 3:55 am


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After many delays, Realize U 252 has announced it will open its doors in October.

The name U 252 reflects, first, the belief that drug and alcohol addicts can achieve long-term healing and self-realization. The 252 reflects the telephone area code region over which it aims to reach out.

The residential home its exact location is currently kept secret is set up to house a dozen men who are in early recovery from their addictions, but who arent ready yet for independent living,according to interim program director Garret Biss.

Biss has been involved with the organization serving both as president and on the board since its origin.

About three years ago we all sat down with a vision to bring something to Craven County, he said. We were planning to open last fall.

While a house was found and prepared, however, the organization wound up spending the year fundraising and building community support.

The COVID-19 pandemic slowed down its development this year, but Biss said he feels safe in stating the home will open sometime in October, and that the organization is accepting applications for both residents and for the employees who will care for them. While he is serving as program director himself, Biss intends to step down as soon as a permanent director is hired.

Well have a house manager living onsite and a program director (on staff), he said, while a case manager will be contracted to assist with the residents.

Residents will live at the property, working with the manager and coach while receiving the help they need from community resources such as counseling, vocational training and personal development organizations. They will also be expected to take part in one of the 12-step addiction programs offered in the area.

There will be no counseling in the residence, he said, But there will be self-help groups and personal life skills training onsite.

I envision a world where all people, especially those in recovery, are inspired to believe in themselves, to look within for wisdom, empowerment and compassion; a world where all people achieve their highest potential and fulfill their dreams by connecting with and serving others, he said.

While residents will mostly come in as a follow-up to shorter, 28- to 90-day detox programs, he said that RU 252 will also be available to any families in crisis or need to help them find the resources they need to help their loved ones.

At first, Biss said, six residents will be selected, until the pandemic situation changes to allow more than 50 percent capacity. Then another six will be brought in.

Residents will sign a contract that outlines the conditions for remaining at the home.

The group is also in talks with the District Attorneys office.

Weve started some conversation with the courts, he said. Our hope is that it can be used as a diversion program or transitional program for people to use as they come out of incarceration, or as a diversion from incarceration.

Applications and information on job positions can be found at the organizations website at http://www.RealizeU252.org, by contacting Biss by email at director@RealizeU252.org

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