Addiction is a vicious and unpredictable cycle. Many addicts enter treatment, complete their programs and leave believing their addiction is under control. In reality, they have just taken back control of their life–for the moment. Without continued support outside their newly completed rehabilitation programs, many find themselves losing their newfound control and, therefore, spiraling back into addiction. Because of this need for continued support and accountability, the Alec Davis Foundation, in partnership with Tea and Cake, was created.
Alec Davis was an addict. He experienced the cycle of addiction. He received treatment for his addiction several times. In 2019, Alec graduated for the final time from No Longer Bound (a year-long regeneration program for men in Cumming, GA) and left feeling ready to tackle life through his newfound sobriety. Alec found a job working with a cabinet shop where many of the skills and training he acquired at No Longer Bound were put to use, thus starting him on the path toward a promising career.
Because Alec had decided to live a life of sobriety, he became a regular at Tea and Cake to remain engaged in the community and in supportive relationships. They became his family. In essence, Tea and Cake became Alec’s refuge. It was at Tea and Cake that Alec found the peace he had been seeking.
In May of 2019, Alec slipped back into addiction, costing him his life. At 24 years old, he was gone too soon. His loss was greatly felt in the community but, most of all, in his family. Alec’s parents, Amy and Jeff Durham, were broken and in pain. But they knew they could not let their son die in vain. Through their pain and suffering, with the help of Tea and Cake, The Alec Davis Foundation was born.
Through The Alec Davis Foundation, Amy and Jeff wanted to assist other men who need a little extra help when battling addiction. Upon leaving a treatment facility, addicts may find themselves in need of financial assistance or some form of aftercare–a place that will keep them focused on their recovery while helping them learn to survive without drugs and alcohol. The Durhams partnered with Mark and Kay Lewington (founders of Tea and Cake) who, too, saw this need for an aftercare program and opened their home to a new kind of small group, one specifically for the alumni of No Longer Bound.
It is the hope of The Alec Davis Foundation that they can help addicts live their lives abundantly.