Janet McKim isn't the first person to try to establish a drug and alcohol recovery house in Washington County, but she believes her plan can succeed where others have not.
A former public defender, McKim is working to create a place where alcoholics and addicts who truly want to recover can have a chance to do so. In addition to a roof over their heads, the home would provide resources to help people get jobs, develop skills and reconnect with their families.
McKim plans to name the facility "Charlie's Work," after her brother, the late Charlie Fogle, who she says always did something for everyone in his community. She's putting together a board and pursuing grants to help fund the estimated $175,000 first-year operating cost.
Details on the location are still being worked out. McKim has identified a site in Marietta and says she has no intention of trying to force such a facility into a neighborhood that won't accept it. It will be important for the surrounding area to accept the house in order for the program to be successful.
We applaud McKim's efforts and hope to see her plans come to fruition. We encourage area law enforcement and government agencies to help where they can to make this program a success. Nonprofit groups and individual residents may also be able to pitch in in some way.
Drug and alcohol abuse are serious problems in our area. The effects are not just felt by those who are addicted and their families. Drug abuse is linked to many crimes, whether it's stealing to feed a habit or violence that erupts when someone consumes too much and loses control. A program that legitimately helps people break out of the vicious circle of addiction will be a benefit to every resident of Washington County.