We’re recovering addicts who are helping recovering addicts…..we know recovery, because we live recovery. As an organization we advocate for people who are suffering from Substance Use Disorder:
- You are not alone! This is our personal story too
- We must make this a local, state and national priority
- We must dedicate more of ourselves and our resources
- We must overcome the stigma of treatment centers and sober living in residential communities (NIMBY – Not In My Backyard)
Opioid addiction is a national emergency, and the odds are against us…
- One in three Americans are taking opioid painkillers
- Overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50
- Overdoses claim more lives annually than car crashes
- Every day, approximately 142 people die from overdoses (over 65,000 per year)
- For us, these are not just statistics, it’s our reality
- State & private insurance and federal/state grants should cover sober living costs for those exiting treatment
- IMD Exclusion should be waived and not limit the number of available beds for addicts on Medicaid
Why our treatment works: we’ve learned that the path to recovery has 4 keys…
- We must treat the whole person and the family: mind, body and spirit.
- We must treat the mind but also the spiritual aspect of recovery, which is paramount to recovery
- We need a positive mental attitude: we believe there is absolutely hope for those suffering
- We build connections between staff, clients and their family
- We have a strong Clinical Program with a full continuum of care
- Trauma informed care and addiction education
- Evidence-Based Treatment
- Medication-Assisted Treatment available
- We encourage our clients to be active in the 12-step community
- We encourage attendance at 12-step meetings as well as sponsorship
- Our staff is active in 12-step programs; clients see that it’s working for staff, so it can work for them
- We believe in structured sober living during and after treatment
- Recovery is difficult without a sanctuary – a safe place to live
- Dramatically improves chances of long-term recovery
- Structure builds accountability, community & responsibility among clients living together and prepares them for the real world
- We encourage job hunting and support extra-curricular activities such as softball, gym, etc.
Victory Bay Recovery Center’s incredible story starts in South Jersey and South Philadelphia, stretches westward to Arizona, and returns home to the Garden State.
AJ Solomon grew up as part of a prominent family in Haddonfield, N.J., and Chris McGoldrick was born and raised just 20 minutes away – but a world apart – in South Philly. They had never met before, but their paths crossed in Prescott, Arizona, where they met at a treatment facility seeking recovery from addiction. It was there that Brent Reese became a big factor in their lives.
“The night I met A.J., we were at a 12-step meeting,” says Reese, a co-founder of Victory Bay Recovery Center along with Solomon. “At the meeting A.J. shared some personal pain at the group level. Afterwards, as he was leaving, I tapped him on the shoulder, shook his hand and asked if we could chat for a few minutes, which we did. The next week he asked me to be his sponsor. I said it would be an honor and a privilege and our journey began then.”
When Solomon first met McGoldrick, now the Director of Operations at Victory Bay, they were not exactly two fish from the same pond. At least they did not seem to be at first glance.
“AJ went to college and graduated. He came from a well-known New Jersey family; but I came from a different world” recalls McGoldrick. “It seemed from the outside that we were very, very different. But as it turns out, we connected on many levels: both from Jersey, recovery, sports, the Eagles, lots of similarities and connections. As I got sober and implemented the 12 steps of recovery in my life, and by working in this field for a while, I’ve come to understand that the person you think you’re most different from is usually the person you’re most like.”
Solomon helps connects the dots of the story of two 20-something men, “I got sober with the help of two guys in Arizona that I did not know before; that being Chris and Brent, who are both sober longer than me,” he explains. “Chris became my friend, my sober brother, and Brent became my sponsor. They’re two of my closest relationships.”
Sparked by his sobriety and the strength of these personal connections, Solomon decided to approach Reese about opening a substance use treatment center in New Jersey.
“I really wanted to open a center back where I was from. Jersey was a state that didn’t have as much treatment as other places.” said Solomon. “I pitched the idea to Brent, we discussed it for a short period of time and decided what the heck, let’s do it. And that’s how we started on our journey. It was a pretty simple decision.”
Reese had the experience that helped make Victory Bay Recovery Center become a reality. “As AJ and I planned and discussed the launch of the center, I knew he was so personable and excelled at building relationships, more of a business development mentality. But we needed an operations guy and I thought Chris would excel in this area,” says Reese, whose background includes launching successful start-ups and organizational turn-arounds.
“So, I suggested to AJ that we hire Chris and move him back to New Jersey to help launch and run the business. The rest is history” Reese notes, “I would stay in Prescott, Ariz., and they would be on the ground in New Jersey. They’ve both succeeded beyond my expectations.”
Another part of the story is Reese’s ability to recognize talent in others and wanting to help them get started in the business world, and both Solomon and McGoldrick have talent. “Besides having talent, willingness, and discipline, they’re both serious about their recovery; I would not have gone into business with them if they weren’t,” says Reese.
“We believe we can help others achieve and maintain sobriety by offering an excellent clinical program coupled with strong exposure to the 12-step community while encouraging entry into a structured sober living environment for a period of time.” said Reese. “At the end of the day, it’s ‘community and accountability’ that insures long-term sobriety.”
The dedicated staff of professionals at Victory Bay Recovery Center all believe it’s never too late to begin treatment – and never too soon to start.