NEW ALBANY — The three women in the highest ranking positions at the BreakAway, a New Albany recovery home for women opening soon, all know what it’s like to struggle with — and buck — addiction.
Casey Schaffer, the assistant director, got sober on July 15, 2013. Janis Barnett, the recovery house’s director, celebrates her tenth year of sobriety on Nov. 12. And Lisa Livingston, the BreakAway’s executive director, has been drug and alcohol free since Aug. 6, 2013.
Although recovery came at different times for each of them, since they began it, the three women have dedicated their time to teaching others how to do the same.
Livingston remembers sitting on the porch of the Bliss House in Jeffersonville, the recovery home that inspired the BreakAway, telling Schaffer that she wanted to start her own program. At the time, Livingston described herself as a taker.
“And today, I get to do God’s work, and I get to see these women recover and the lights come on, and they get to be mothers again and sisters again,” she said. “That’s what excites me.”
Livingston hopes that the BreakAway, located at 1514 E. Spring Street, will be ready to open in two weeks with an actual move-in date for residents of late-October or early-November.
Residents at the house won’t be accepted until they’re 30 days sober. Once at the BreakAway, they’ll get a job outside of the home and return in the evening to take recovery classes. The rules of the home will model the Bliss House, which has also supplied some of its founders and associates to serve on the BreakAway’s board of directors.
On Thursday, Livingston will be holding a public open house at the BreakAway, which Schaffer sees as her team’s chance to connect with the community.
“We need to show them our progress and allow them to…