IT Works! Dependency/Addiction Counseling (Philippines)

February 20, 2009
12-Step Program To Support Self With Motorcycle Repairs
Fr. Martin Ryan led a therapy session

A therapy session

A Columban-run chemical dependency treatment center in Ozamiz City, the Philippines, is seeking to support itself by setting up a motorcycle repair shop operated by the center’s patients.

“Ozamiz is literally full of motorcycles with no specific repair shops for them,” explains Columban Father Martin Ryan, who helped start the “IT WORKS!” Center in 1997.

“We feel sure that the profit from this repair shop will be adequate to defray our monthly operating costs. We now are trying to raise $7,000 to purchase the necessary tools.”

About 650 clients are graduates of the Alcoholics Anonymous-style IT WORKS! 12-step program. The recovery program is a three-month residential spiritual course of therapy for those recovering from alcohol, narcotics, and other addictions.