Founded in 2012, Sobriety Foundation, formerly SOL Scholarship Foundation, helps Utahn adults with substance abuse disorders find successful, sustained recovery from drug and/or alcohol dependence. Substance abuse is one of the critical public health programs of our time. In the 2016 Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Annual Report, it showed that 134,172 adults in Utah needed treatment for drug or alcohol dependence, but the public system could only serve 13,400 individuals. The Sobriety Foundation helps close the gap and offer a way to sustainable sobriety where public funding isn’t able to meet the need. Annually, we are able to support about 60 individuals in our program and our vision to increase that number each year.
Addiction requires long-term, ongoing care. Successful recovery often involves making significant changes to one’s life to create a supportive environment that avoids substance use or misuse cues or triggers. This can involve changing jobs or housing, finding new friends who are supportive of one’s recovery, and engaging in activities that do not involve substance use. When the Foundation awards a recipient the individual is placed in sober living housing with individuals on the same path which helps them resist relapse and rebuild lives that may have been devastated by years of substance misuse.
Sobriety Foundation’s mission is to provide financially disadvantaged individuals and families suffering from the disease of drug and alcohol addiction with the opportunity to achieve long-term sustainable sobriety. We collaborate with charitable donors and recovery services to provide substance abuse education, resources, and support to the community.
Our foundation is particularly focused on awarding grants to underwrite sober living housing for financially-disadvantaged Utah residents following successful inpatient treatment. Studies show that stable, alcohol and drug-free living environments remove obstacles to help sustain abstinence. Sober living coupled with other recovery sources such as group therapy and peer support provide the best opportunity of a positive outcome.