Hope 5K helps those running race of recovery
The Gateway Foundation held it's first Hope 5K to help raise money for people recovering from drug addiction.
Getting sober is a race some of these runners have been on for years. For Jake Henderson, his journey started back in high school.
"My buddy's dad had a prescription of some opioid pain medication and we started just taking those,” Henderson said. “And it kind of took off from there. You get physically dependent on it. If you don't have it, you're sick and then it gets to the point where maybe your resources run out so you resort to heroine."
Henderson checked himself into Gateway Foundation’s treatment center back in 2016, before going into a sober living home.
"It's a place to learn responsibility, learn how to live on your own,” Henderson said. “There's so many of us, me for example, who haven't lived independent their whole lives. So it's a way for you to transition."
More than 120 people participated in the Hope 5K to help patients stay on their journey of recovery.
"A lot of times people don't want to return home,” Gateway Foundation Executive Director Kerry Henry said. “The environment’s bad and they want to get a second chance. So this will allow them to be able to come and get into a healthy environment with other people who are trying to do the same thing they are."
The goal is to pay for recovering addict's first month's rent while they work to secure a stable job. The 5K raised more than $10,000, or enough to pay for at least 25 patients’ first month’s rent.
"People have this idea that getting sober is no fun and it's going to be miserable, but that's just not the reality of it,” Henderson said. “You know, you have actual, genuine, real fun and it's a great thing,"
A typical stay at a sober living house is between six months and a year.
To learn more about drug treatment options in our area, you can call the 24-hour Help Line at (877) 505-HOPE.