FACTS ABOUT
ADDICTION RECOVERY

The A&A Foundation empowers individuals and families struggling to obtain recovery services by funding the addiction and mental health support that is so critical to their success.

We believe that when a family is supported throughout the recovery process, a client has the best chance of returning to a productive life. We recognize that while recovery may begin with treatment, every person’s post-treatment journey is different. Maintaining the momentum created in treatment is crucial and may require transitional living, case management, coaching, therapy, and/or clinical support.

Obtaining funding for these additional services can be challenging. Often an insurance policy will pay for treatment, but will not provide financial assistance for any part of an aftercare regimen. This can put a huge strain on a family who is struggling financially, forcing them to either take on a heavy financial burden or to deny their loved ones much needed support. Without this additional assistance, the combination of underdeveloped coping skills, emotional triggers and lack of family education can and does often lead to client relapse. Our hope is that the A&A Foundation can support individuals and families through this difficult transition and into long-term sobriety and recovery.

  1. The United States consumes 80% of the world’s prescription painkiller supply, despite not even making up 5% of the world’s population.
  2. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 70,200 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids—a 2-fold increase in a decade. Among the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (other synthetic narcotics) with more than 28,400 overdose deaths. 3. California spent $209 million on substance abuse treatment for 150,000 people. Benefits received during treatment and in the first year after treatment were approximately $1.4 billion in savings to taxpayers, due mostly to reductions in crime. The average per-person annual medical bills dropped from $3,227 to $2,469, emergency room visits were cut by 38% and hospital admissions were cut by 33%.
  3. The United States accounts for approximately one quarter of the estimated number of drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths, which continue to rise. Mostly driven by opioids, overdose deaths in the United States more than quadrupled during the periof 1999-2017, from 16,849 to 70,200 annually.
  4. A study in California shows that criminal behavior decreased after one year in treatment:
    a) Drug sales dropped by 68%
    b) Breaking and entering dropped by 61%
    c) Selling sex dropped by 54%

SUPPORT

WHO WE HELP

We support individuals and families already engaged in a program of recovery, who are ready for the next step, yet lack the financial means to move forward. While we evaluate each case individually, our typical recipient has some sober time, is actively involved in a 12-step program, and has specific goals to begin a new life. Along these lines, he/she is also in need of general financial assistance for interview attire, sober/transitional housing, life coaching, family coaching, and/or therapeutic or clinical services, to continue building upon their new foundation.

HOW WE HELP

By providing financial support for access to such services, people in recovery remain immersed a recovery-focused regimen, tailored to their needs, and are positioned to overcome the most common factors which lead to relapse: extreme financial hardship, a lack of “safe” housing, unhealthy/uneducated family system dynamics, underdeveloped coping skills, and a lack of professional guidance on how to move forward. We support individuals and families throughout the recovery journey at any stage, in order to achieve long-term sobriety and live a productive life. When additional financial resources are needed The A&A Foundation is here to help.

OUR PROCESS

Applicants fill out the online submission form and receive notification of receipt within one week. The A&A Foundation board of directors meet regularly to review each submission and select the most appropriate applicants for the next step, personal interviews.

After meeting with a diverse group of applicants, the board reconvenes to make final decisions and disbursements are mailed to scholarship recipients within one week.