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Update 9-25-23


Last week was a great week for recovery efforts in Carlsbad.

On Thursday, LifeHouse celebrated the upcoming construction of two new sober living homes on property off of Tulip Street. One of the highlights of the celebration was the presentation of a check for $24,600 through the Skyler M. Garringer Memorial Fund, which was presented by Skyler’s family members. Skyler’s parents, Michael and Deanna Garringer, and Skyler’s grandmother, Mackie Garringer, were all present.

Over the past few years, LifeHouse has expanded across Carlsbad by adding a number of services and sober living homes. The first 30 days of substance abuse treatment is typically an in-patient setting, but most people require the assistance of a sober living facility in the next phase. At these homes, residents will also learn a number of life skills. Anyone who needs additional information about LIfeHouse’s various programs should call (575) 725-5552 or visit

Many of us recall a few years ago, when Carlsbad’s treatment options and behavioral health options had become severely limited. LifeHouse, who started with sober living facilities, stepped up to take on the responsibilities of inpatient care at several locations. We want to give a special thank you to George Dunagan, who has led the volunteer effort in support of LifeHouse for many years, as well as executive director Philip Huston. LifeHouse has a great group of employees, including Dave Rogers, Kim Rogers and Linda Dodd, who work very hard to continue this program’s mission. Additionally,  many former clients of the LIfeHouse program go on to work for the program, because they want to continue to assist with the reocvery efforts that benefitted them.

The two new sober living homes now under construction will provide more individuals with a chance to restore their lives. These are nice, well-designed homes that will provide a warm, caring environment for clients during this crucial period in their lives.

On Saturday, Eddy County and Jennifer Hedrick hosted the second Walk For Recovery at the Carlsbad bandshell in support of recovery month. The City of Carlsbad was proud to assist with this effort through the Carlsbad Police Department and Carlsbad City Transit. Representative Cathrynn Brown signed a proclamation in recognition of National Recovery Month and many other community members turned out in support.

Everyone has a friend or family who has battled or who is battling addition, and our community is fortunate to have groups such as LifeHouse and events such as the Walk for Recovery to provide support.




Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

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