House offers place for addicts to get clean

Bob Swanson, director, shows one of three bunk beds where six men with drug or alcohol problems may sleep at Kingman Clean House. The sober living residence at 2530 Butler Ave. will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.  TERRY ORGAN/Miner

Bob Swanson, director, shows one of three bunk beds where six men with drug or alcohol problems may sleep at Kingman Clean House. The sober living residence at 2530 Butler Ave. will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. TERRY ORGAN/Miner

A project started three months ago by local businessman Bob Swanson has come to fruition.

Swanson's efforts to begin Kingman Clean House were explained in a story appearing Oct. 16. The house is a "sober living residence" for men with drug or alcohol problems.

"I have one resident now and can accommodate up to six," Swanson said Monday. "Men who come to Kingman Clean House must hold down jobs, so they're self-supporting, and abide by house rules to stay as a guest.

"I'd like a 90-day commitment from men interested, as they'll need that time to get their feet into recovery programs in the community. They'll pay a portion of monthly shared expenses."

Swanson and his brother, David Hamilton, are behind the project. Swanson said they have some community support from anonymous individuals and businesses, but that Kingman Clean House receives no government support or grants.

An open house is planned from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the house, located at 2530 Butler Ave. The two-story building is vacant on the ground floor, which is zoned commercial. The upper floor holds Kingman Clean House, which is zoned as residential and includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, Swanson said.

Residents will sleep in bunk beds. There is a kitchen, dining room and day room, where residents may read or watch television.

A recovering addict or alcoholic may stay longer than the asked for 90-day commitment, as long as he continues to hold employment and abides by house rules.

The mission statement of the project reads as follows:

"Kingman Clean House is a sober living residence providing individuals with drug addiction and alcoholism problems an opportunity to transcend a lifestyle of disease and establish a foundation of a life of recovery. Recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism 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 the 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 re-enter 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."

"It is our sincere hope that the opportunity we provide to these men, to create a healthy lifestyle, will not just impact the recovering addict or alcoholic, but the impact will be felt through the families and community as a whole."

Anyone wishing more information may contact Swanson at 303-4862.