Addiction & Drug Recovery
Services, Programs and Support
PEARL offers support to the Benton County Drug Court and Veteran Court (VA), providing services and holding fundraising events in order to provide immediate and ongoing relief and assistance to those individuals who are working to recover from addiction and re-enter their community as clean, contributing members. We provide rent and utility assistance, as well as help Drug Court participants navigate a variety of complicated or costly obstacles, such as getting their licenses reinstated or finding employment. As our organization grows, we plan on expanding our services to include new programs, additional funding for the Drug Court and transitional living. In addition to our work with the Benton County Drug Court, PEARL utilizes social media and sends out ambassadors into Benton County and Northwest Arkansas to raise social consciousness about the causes of addiction on a regional level.
Why Support P.E.A.R.L.?
Every year, individuals from 18-year old students to business professionals and U.S. Veterans pass through Drug Court and Veteran Court programs. Many of these individuals have worked hard to overcome their problems with substance abuse or addiction, but housing issues and trouble finding employment can make it difficult to reacclimate and maintain substance free living.
PEARL (Positive Energy Affecting Recovering Lives) supports the Benton County Drug Court, including its programs, staff and participants, as well as those organizations and programs providing valuable services to participants of the Benton County Drug Court or Veteran Court. Nearly 23 million individuals in the U.S. require professional help for an alcohol or drug-related problem, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). But, less than 10 percent of those individuals receive the specialized treatment they need.
There is a vast pool of resources available to the alternative court program and its participants. At PEARL, we facilitate the court’s ability to access those resources and use them to facilitate alternative punishment in lieu of the cycle of incarceration.
There is a fundamental change taking place in our culture, and it acknowledges that we can either lock people up or give them the help they need to recover. We’re promoting education and rehabilitation, which fosters a safer community and gives participants stability, resources and the support of people dedicated to their recovery. Everyone benefits from a program where people get clean and contribute to society. With your help, we’re making changes which positively affect our community and our tax dollars.
What Does P.E.A.R.L. Do?
PEARL is a licensed and duly formed organization, ceremonially acknowledged by the Governor and authorized to provide education, training, resources and other services for the Benton County Drug Court and its programs. As a 501(c)(3), we provide a variety of services for or on behalf of the court, allowing us to support eligible participants as well as staff, counselors and all ancillary services.
We work closely with the local and state government – executive and judicial branches – to facilitate resources and support. Within the Drug Court, we contribute to alternative court staffing, including more sophisticated education for counselors and court personnel. We can help ensure court personnel have access to the latest training and most effective resources, from new screening processes for narcotics to better software to maintain court participants for the trial coordinator. Counselors can pursue the certifications they need to better support recovering addicts as they work toward meaningful and lasting change. We also provide resources for the court itself to better assist the participants, including funding and materials for graduation ceremonies and certifications.
Recovery is an ongoing struggle, however, and many individuals face employment, housing or custody challenges during or after completing the Drug Court program. By working closely with the Benton County Drug Court, we give counselors and other personnel the ability to refer participants to one of the other programs we support, such as transitional living assistance.
While we primarily support the Benton County Drug Court, we are always looking for ways to maximize our impact. We seek to collaborate with other non-profit organizations which fall under the 501(c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code and are operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.
How Can You Support P.E.A.R.L.?
If you are interested in supporting PEARL, whether you wish to make a donation or volunteer to help at an upcoming event, we encourage you to contact us.
All contributions made to PEARL are tax deductible under the IRS ruling concerning 501(c)(3) organizations. All documentation concerning donations are provided in a timely fashion so you or your organization can take the deduction against your tax return.