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Ellensburg Gets First Ever Clean & Sober Recovery House

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.--The community of Ellensburg has never had a clean and sober house until now.

It's been a long and sometimes frustrating process for "Alcohol And Drugs Dependency Service," a non-profit organization in Kittitas County. However, they're one step closer to changing lives.

NBC Right Now asked, "Do you think it has the potential to save lives?"

"Definitely," said Emily Brown, the Drug Court Coordinator. "They have a safe place where they can get stable and start working and deal with their chemical dependency issue."

"It gives them options, where before there was no options," said Norman Redberg, the Executive Director of ADDS.

ADDS has been providing people with outpatient treatment for over 40 years. Now, adult men who are also participating in the County Drug Court Program have an extra leg up. A chance to live in a clean and sober recovery house.

"It was very hard to have somebody either come out of inpatient treatment or come out of jail and know that they didn't really have a stable place to go," said Brown.

"Our community is very limited in our resources, and we have not had any facility available to men," said Redberg.

Redberg said the agency has been saving money for years and finally found an affordable house for under $200,000. Currently, two men live in the house along with a supervisor.

Staff said even though the recovery house just opened this year, so far they like what they see.

"He's making his appointments," said Brown. "He's doing the things that he needs to do, I think is a success. I'm not having to worry about where he's at or where's living tonight kind of thing."

The Fish Community Food Bank in Ellensburg is providing food for the men staying in the recovery house. However, they're responsible for all the cooking and taking care of everyday basic needs.

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