My work: Creating opportunities in health, education & livelihoods to alleviate suffering for substance abusers.
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This profile was prepared when David Erickson was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
The New Idea
David knows that without long-term, drug- and alcohol-free community-based housing, most men and women who successfully complete residential addiction recovery programs will relapse and return to the streets. Therefore, in contrast to other social service models that have a primary focus on either recovery support or low-cost housing, David offers an "end-to-end" sequence of recovery services that support a resident through rehabilitation to sobriety, integrated with levels of housing that foster increasing independence. Measured at the five and a half year mark, 96.9 percent of individuals who work their way through David's program are drug- and alcohol-free.David plans to spread the success of his high-quality integration model by partnering with organizations across the country, enabling them to meet their unique local needs with their own resources. Through such expansion, David anticipates that in ten years he will see meaningful, significant structures in place that make a measurable and dramatic difference in addicts' lives in twenty to twenty-five cities.