Daily Herald: Challenges for sober homes for addicts in the suburbs

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Chris Reed established a sober bar and a nonprofit group to help people recover from heroin addiction. But his plans to establish a sober house in suburban Crystal Lake, encountered problems.

Neighbors were appalled at his idea of having 14 recovering addicts live in one house near the city's downtown, so he had to scale back plans to only house four or five people there. But he also found additional money and to buy a second property in not in a residential neighborhood -- one he hopes will be an easier place to establish a larger recovery environment. Sober living environments are not required to be licensed by the state, so advocates encourage potential clients to be careful in choosing where they stay and what level of professional support they need to maintain sobriety.

A story about Reed's efforts and other challenges to efforts to find housing for recovering addicts is published in Sunday's Daily Herald.

Marie Wilson, of the Daily Herald, spoke with ABC7 about her story.

Read the full story at www.dailyherald.com.
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