Aaron’s Story: The Hard Decision That Helped Him Get His Kids Back

Friday, Sep 22, 2017

The Esplanade House in Chico has been helping families break the cycle of homelessness, addiction and poverty. With genuine passion for participants and their path to self-sufficiency, the Esplanade House continues to stand as a pillar of community service in Butte County, CA. Watch Aaron’s story below to learn more about how the Esplanade House helps people break the cycle of addiction and bring families together again.


Video Transcript:

Hi! My name's Aaron. I've been here at the Esplanade House two years. When I first came here, I suffered from a drug addiction. I was sent to prison and when I got out of prison I asked for a rehab. They sent me to the rehab...my son's mother was taking care of the kids and she suffers from a drug addiction and got arrested. While I was in rehab, they sent my kids out to the rehab where I was at. That was one of the hardest decisions that I've had to make, was what was best for my kids? And so, I called CSD. I had CSD detain my kids so I could work on myself, get through rehab, and then when I got out of rehab, because of the Esplanade House, I was able to integrate into programs to stay focused on me, do the parenting classes that CSD asked me to do, and within nine months I had full custody of my kids again. Really, this is a blessing for anybody that needs it, and I just wish there was availability like this other places than just Butte County.

The alcohol and drug program at the Esplanade House provides substance abuse recovery services. These include education, individual sessions, and process groups addressing addiction to alcohol, drugs, and other substances and behaviors for adults.

The program assists participants by addressing the physical, social, mental, and emotional aspects of recovery. Our objective is to recognize the individual differences among clients and ensure specific needs are addressed in keeping with each person’s unique set of circumstances.

The Esplanade house offers a safe living environment for parents and children to become stable, revamp their lives and work toward self-sufficiency.

Discover How You Can Help The Esplanade House

Since 1967, the Community Action Agency of Butte County has been serving the needs of the region in alignment with the charter of the National Community Action Agencies overarching goal: To alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty by whatever means necessary in your community. As Butte County CAA, we provide hope to people struggling with poverty to become more self-sustaining by meeting tangible needs in the areas of energy savings, affordable food, and housing. Connect with us to find out how you can get involved.