Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito returned to Megan’s House yesterday to speak with residents and celebrate their success in fighting opioid addiction.
What the Lieutenant Governor heard during Thursday’s visit were stories of success from the now 24 residents engaged in the various stages of the program. Polito also heard from the first graduate of Megan’s House, who returned for the celebration. Jess, who is in constant contact with her friends and staff from the home, even stayed overnight for what the women termed a “slumber party.”
Lieutenant Governor Polito listened intently as resident after resident told their individual story of recovery and success. Many spoke about continuing their education, whether in college classes or completing their high school equivalency requirements.
Others spoke of balancing recovery and life. Many residents talked about finding jobs in the community and how that process and the Megan’s House program has helped them prepare for their eventual graduation and transition into an independent, productive life. There are currently four more residents scheduled to graduate from the program within the next 30 days.
At one point, Polito asked the young women how many of them had or have a parent who is addicted to drugs or in recovery. All but a couple of the residents raised their hands, a moment highlighting how important the holistic approach to recovery that is a hallmark of the Megan’s House program is.
As the gathering wound to a close, the Lieutenant Governer congratulated the residents on how far they’ve come and thanked them for “demonstrating the value of this program.” She also commended all involved for establishing Megan’s House, which she called “unique” and wondered “how can we as a Commonwealth do more of this in other places.”