The AZ House is based on the successful addiction recovery model and philosophy introduced by Jack Mullhal in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1991.
Jack’s driving force was the belief that a chance for sober living should be available to anyone determined to overcome their addiction, regardless of their ability to pay for the help they need. He first opened the Freedom House, which has successfully supported addicts recovery for over 20 years. The Freedom House has served as the basis for eight similar programs in the Cleveland area.
Jack’s dream was to create a therapeutic community, in which addicts and alcoholics could focus solely on their recovery. With the support of peers and knowledgeable staff, they then progress to develop the skills required for successful independent lives. Finding work and participating in household responsibilities are fundamental to the program he developed. Jack, who became sober through Alcoholics Anonymous, established the 12-Steps at the center of his program. Residents are required to attend daily meetings, work the 12-Steps with a sponsor, and participate in facilitated groups.
The AZ House was opened in 2016 after it was recognized that there was a lack of free residential recovery opportunities available in Israel. Named after Avroham Ze’ev Olive, a 23-year-old young man who sadly never achieved recovery, the AZ House aims to provide a much-needed service, which has a proven track record of treating addicts and alcoholics.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”