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Stepping stones sober living, Huntsville al

Eric Richards, CEO, founded Stepping Stones to develop and deliver community based recovery models for substance abuse. When Eric moved to Huntsville in 2007, he noticed a sizeable homeless population. As he began to ask around, investigate, and become involved with local non-profits, he learned the majority of these individuals abused substances, and were part of a revolving door from shelter to shelter. Furthermore, he was shocked to learn not only was the support provided not solving the fundamental problem, the cost was astronomical at nearly $30,000 per bed per year. There are a lot of smart engineers in Huntsville, there had to be an alternative.

Eric serves Stepping Stones by mentoring the staff, promoting community awareness of substance abuse/recovery issues and services, and ensuring the Stepping Stones program continues to promote best practices of evidence-based recovery models. He does this by visiting other programs across the country, advocating for increased investment in peer based initiatives that address the chronic nature of addiction at a low cost. 

Although trained as a physicist, Eric has taken an interest in community based social models to address issues such as addiction, homelessness, and poverty. Eric is also a National Institute of Health sponsored researcher and has recently been investigating the efficacy of using recovery homes as an intervention for patients engaged in Medicaton Assisted Treatment. 

Fran Fluhler, Board of Directors, is a servant-leader in the greater Huntsville community. She also operates Manna House, which feeds hundreds of needy men, women, and children weekly. Her experience makes Fran well suited to support the mission of Stepping Stones.

Stepping stones sober living, Huntsville al
Stepping stones sober living, Huntsville al

Larry Roberts, Director, has been with Stepping Stones since 2011. His duties include outreach, recruitment, job placement for residents, and life skills training for residents. Larry has worked for six years in the field of recovery, in South Florida as well as Huntsville. He enjoys not only the challenge but also the rewards of working with former substance abusers. Larry lives in Huntsville with his wife and cat. He enjoys hiking and birding.

Stepping Stones has standing relationships with several organizations in the greater Northern Alabama area that regularly refer potential residents to Stepping Stones. These include both inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, medical detox facilities, shelters, and social agencies. Not only do these facilities refer residents to us, they serve as a safety net in the event of relapse by one of our residents. When you enter our community, you are immediately plugging into the greater recovery network in North Alabama!

Crestwood Behavioral Health operates an Alcohol and Drug Detox Treatment program on an inpatient unit adjacent to their hospital. Medical detox is available 24-hr a day. Stepping Stones works closely with Crestwood in the event of a relapse of one of our residents who are given the opportunity for a supervised medical detox.

Stepping Stones believes in carrying the message. Our residents regularly support outreach events at Bradford Health Services, Pathfinder, the Salvation Army, churches and others. If you are interested in having a Stepping Stones representative visit your organization, please contact us at 256-469-4415.

There has been considerable local coverage of the Stepping Stones model. Click below to read articles and hear an interview with our founder.

Help strengthen your recovery, become a resident at a unique, quality, structured, supportive sober living house. Call Stepping Stones at 256-469-4415.