Senator Lesser Visits Michael’s House

Senator Eric P. Lesser visited Michael’s House, a sober living residence for men, to learn about the home’s work in helping local residents recover from drug addiction. “Places like Michael’s house are indispensible in our community. Not only do they provide a safe, supportive space to those who are recovering from drug addiction, they also help develop important life skills essential to finding employment and making positive contributions to our community,” Sen. Lesser said.

Michael’s House opened in 2014 and is owned and operated by the Michael J. Dias Foundation. The organization was founded in honor of Michael Dias, who graduated third in his class at Ludlow High School but committed suicide in 2009 after a long battle with prescription drug addiction.

“We at the Michael J. Dias Foundation are thrilled that Sen. Lesser took time out of his schedule to tour Michael’s House, a residence for recovering addicts.  The house helps men who have been through detox or a rehabilitation program find a quality of life they need to battle addiction.  Sen. Lesser was able to see first-hand that Michael’s House plays a vital role in the community’s efforts to confront the opioid crisis,” said Grace Dias, the foundation’s co-founder.

Michael’s House Residence program director Bill Knight told Sen. Lesser that they recently began a waiting list, which has never happened before and indicates the growing need for substance abuse treatment.

Sen. Lesser has made substance abuse and the related opioid crisis one of his top legislative priorities. The Massachusetts Senate passed a substance abuse treatment and prevention bill last fall, and the House passed its own bill in January. The two bills are now in a House-Senate conference, which will develop a final bill to send to Gov. Charlie Baker.