Scholarships For Addicts

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah)  Treatment centers for addicts and alcoholics can charge anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 and the cost will vary depending on the location, length of stay and services provided. For a person hitting rock bottom even $5.00 may be hard to find.

10,000 Beds to the rescue. The unique foundation began in Utah and is now a nationwide organization with over 200 treatment partners in cities around the country.

10,000 Beds basically offers treatment scholarships to those who apply on their website 10000beds.org. 

It's the brainchild of Utah mom Jean Krisle, after she had to deal with a son who became addicted to alcohol and cocaine. "I was totally lost about where to go, what to do, who to call for help," she says.  Her son, Kollin Avarell felt the pressures of life after returning from a Mormon mission and ultimately hit rock bottom, sometimes drinking 40 shots a day and then trying to stay sober with cocaine.

Two years ago the depression built for Kollin and he considered suicide as an option. "Do I want to get help or use the gun that I have in my closet," he wondered.  He even held the gun in his hands and then made his decision. "For whatever reason, I put it down and I got some help." 

Now he sees life with clarity after two years of sobriety. "I have a happy life. I wake up in the morning and I smile. It's not groaning, it's not pain. I just smile throughout the day. I love life."

After seeing what a treatment center did for her son, she decided rehab should be available to all addicts seeking sobriety, especially when they don't have the money to pay for it. "There are people who don't have the means to provide treatment for a loved one that needs it," she says. "So what do we do we do with them? How do they get help.?"

Anyone needing that help can go to their website, fill out an application and hope they'll be accepted.  The foundation granted $1 million in treatment scholarships last year and hopes to increase that to $5 million this year, with the ultimate goal of providing 10,000 treatment beds by 2020.

Jean and her husband plan to embark on a nationwide tour for the rest of the year to spread their message and seek other treatment center partners. She loves the centers her foundation is already working with. "Their heart is in the right place and they want to help all they can."  She is amazed by the response so far. "When I call a treatment facility, they always say yes. I've never had a treatment facility say no, not once." 

She simply asks each center to donate one scholarship a year or more if they're feeling generous.  And the need is so great. She claims there are more than 20 million people above the age of 12 who need treatment in the United States, but says there are only 2 million drug and alcohol beds available.

 

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