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Guiding Light Opens Sixth Iron Man House

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

ironhouseGuiding Light recently opened its sixth Iron Man house in the city of Kentwood at an undisclosed location. The home comes at a time of increased demand for addiction recovery services.

Able to accommodate seven men, the four-unit apartment building increases the nonprofit's capacity to house men as they transition back into the mainstream of society after successfully completing the Foundation phase of Guiding Light's Recovery program. In total, Guiding Light can house a total of 42 men in its six Iron House locations.

The apartments are designed for community-oriented sober living and are reserved exclusively for men who have finished four to six months of intensive residential treatment that combines evidence-based practices, life-coaching, therapy, support groups, spiritual direction and other resources to equip men to stay sober and reengage with their family, friends and community.

Since the beginning of 2021, Guiding Light has experienced increases in the number of inquiries and program enrollments for its Recovery program, which takes a holistic approach to addiction recovery.

The Iron House model has proven to be a key component in setting clients up for success to achieve long-term recovery. Guiding Light has found 78% of men who move to Iron House reach at least one year of abstinence-based sobriety.

"We want to give men the best opportunity possible for living a healthy, connected life in recovery," Recovery Director Brian Elve said. "That's why we created a structure with Iron House that allows men to stay connected with the support offered by Guiding Light."

For more information call (616) 451-0236, ext. 23 or go to guidinglightworks.org.
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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