A “Culture of Caring” is at the heart and
soul of 449 Recovery.
It is rooted in an ethical standard of treatment that was once practiced and should be again: how people are treated during their stay with 449 is as important as the loving care that they receive.
Those who will come to our program are people in need of help. Though some of them are surviving on limited resources, they often exhibit great courage simply trying to get through each day.
Our “Culture of Caring” concept recognizes the strengths of those in need and also respects their dignity. We will seek to heal not only the disease of addiction, but also the injury caused by bias, prejudice and indifference.
Love & Tolerance
After seeing the devastation and grief caused by addiction in their personal lives, they sought to make a difference in one life, one day at a time. With personal experience and a background in the treatment field, they set out to develop a program that was different – focused on love and tolerance, client centered, and with a culture of caring.
With the help of Rodney’s wife, Susie, and Vito’s parents, Catherine and Agostino and his wife, Cindy, they forged ahead to build a program filled with warmth, compassion and love. Beginning with a small group of clients, they have witnessed miracles and triumphs from the very start.
Our two-part philosophy:
The first is the belief that healing begins with a word at the door or over the phone to invite him or her in, take an interest in their life, and offer them the dignity and respect that often has not been shown elsewhere.
The second is the recognition that perhaps the greatest healing ultimately does not only go to the people who come to the facility, but also to the families whose’ lives are changed. So no one is left behind to cry themselves to despair and hopelessness. In building this program we aim to create something that simply does not exist in this world.
We are here to bring hope to the hopeless. We are here to bring opportunity to those who feel their loss. We are here to bring peace to those who have turmoil. We are here to give back to those who have taken so much from themselves.
We believe in healing the family as well as the substance abuser. We are here to provide all those who want recovery the opportunity begin the process of regaining their lives.
In short, 449 Recovery is a drug and alcohol
treatment program that is designed to help the
family and the substance abuser in need of recovery.
And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation — some fact of my life — unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake.”
Especially during the early stages of recovery, this quote is used to help recovering people to learn to handle their expectations regarding family and other significant personal relationships. Additionally, this quote helped one of the founders, Rodney Robinson, to reengage with his own family during his embryonic recovery period. The page number was found in the third edition of the Big Book.
Understanding what 449 means requires someone to understand the founder behind the center. Simply put, the name of the recovery center is brought from a page number in a book. On this page lies a quote. This quote is one of the most widely used and applicable quotes from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Currently, the quote has been moved to page 417 in the latest edition of the book. However, because of its significance in changing the outcome of his recovery and his life, it will always be page 449 to Rodney Robinson.
Our organization has a singular goal. It can be summed up in our mission statement which reads:
“We will open our eyes to see those who feel discarded, open our hearts to feel the pain some want to hide, and reach out our arms to let them know that they are not alone. In doing this we hope to change a life, one choice and one day at a time, and in the process, heal ourselves.”
Our outpatient drug and alcohol treatment plan is highly effective. One of the largest reasons for this is because the alumni of our program are given the opportunity to stay involved by coming back to serve those who are just entering the program. This approach of giving back makes us unique and is what creates our family environment.