ACTIVE IN HUMBOLDT RECOVERY
LABOR OF LOVE
AJ's Living is a labor of love created by Art & Jeanine Wilson in 2016 after years of discussing and dreaming of a way to give back to the recovery community. Art and Jeanine both have owned and operated successful businesses since the 1980's. In 1986, Jeanine obtained a BS degress in Business and Management from the University of Maryland. The Wilsons opened AJ's Living to help others find their freedom from addiction using the 12 Steps & 12 Traditions of Recovery, while living in a community of like-minded individuals seeking sobriety. Art & Jeanine have both been living the 12 Step philosophies since the 1980s and bring a level of experience and understanding that is required to coordinate a transitional living house.
The Wilsons are involved on many boards and committees throughout Humboldt County. Art Wilson sits on the Humboldt County Behavioral Health Board, and is Chair of the Humboldt Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention Board.
The Wilsons have extensive involvement with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in both California and Texas. This organization has provided considerable training to them on mental illness treatments and resources. The Wilson's are certified teachers for NAMI. They will be teaching the NAMI Family to Family 12 week course starting in February 2019.
A safe living environment is key for individuals who have family, friends, and/or roommates who encourage substance use or discourage recovery. An individual's living environment is a social determinant of health outcomes, and an unsafe environment can derail recovery for even highly motivated individuals. Furthermore, people in recovery face constant threats to their recovery and often lack the stability necessary to attend treatment consistently. A study conducted by the Alcohol Research Group in 2008 concluded by stating that "sober living houses are an excellent, and often underutilized, modality that could help provide clean and sober living environments to individuals completing residential treatment, engaging in outpatient programs, leaving incarceration, or seeking alternatives to formal treatment."