Business owner looking to start men's recovery home

Bob Swanson has seen a lot of suffering by people with drug and alcohol problems; enough that he wants to do something to make a difference.

Swanson is trying to start a men's recovery residence to be called Kingman Clean House.

"There's a need for it in the community," he said.

"My personal motivation is my involvement in drug and alcohol recovery that led me in this direction. There's the matter of my personal recovery and what I've seen among family members and their experiences with alcohol and drugs, especially methamphetamine."

Swanson has crafted this mission statement:

"Kingman Clean House would be a residence providing individuals with drug addiction and alcohol-related problems an opportunity to transcend a lifestyle of disease and establish a foundation of life of recovery. Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is not a one-time treatment, but requires an altered lifestyle.

"It is the mission of Kingman Clean House to provide an introduction to that lifestyle through a regulated and stable environment. All guests at the residence will be required to maintain employment, attend support groups, obtain a working knowledge of the principles of recovery offered through support groups and demonstrate the application of those principles in his life."

"It is our belief that once an individual has been exposed to a clean, sober and healthy lifestyle, and adopts the principles of recovery into his life then that man can reenter society in a useful and productive manner. Our experience has shown us that the benefits of this new lifestyle is not limited to the man, but extends to his family and community."

Swanson is the owner of Coyote Tattoo, located at 2795 Northern Ave.

He is just starting his project. He said he has made contacts with others with a similar type operation geared to females and has been offered encouragement to proceed with establishing a facility for men.

He plans to host a tattoo party at his business Oct. 26, 27 and 29. A portion of proceeds from all tattoos done those days will go toward Kingman Clean House. The business will open at 11 a.m. each day and remain open until the last client is served.

"We live in a community that is supportive of these type things," Swanson said. "I'm looking (to lease) a residence as a working house.

"Men living there would pay rent and must abide by about 60 house rules."

Swanson said he believes launch of the endeavor would be relatively inexpensive. It would require first and last month's rent, utilities and a "buffer" to carry it until the house is filled with 8-15 guests, after which it hopefully would become self-sustaining.

For more information about the project, contact Swanson at 303-4862.