Hundreds fight drug addiction with prayer

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Hundreds prayed together Sunday at Pikeville's "fire in the mountains."

Operation Unite's prayer rally brought local churches together to worship and pray.

With hands lifted and prayers raised, hundreds continued to fight against drug abuse, and the crowd at Fire in the Mountains believed prayer was the only answer.

Especially for those who have been through the fight before.

“I was a drug addict for 10 years started smoking weed when I was thirteen, and it just escalated from there,” said George Mann.

People from local churches came together in Pikeville to pray for the region and anyone who may be addicted.

Everyone was invited to write down any prayer requests, and then it was take to the foot of a cross in front of the stage to be prayed over.

Those praying said they are not relying on themselves or their church for change.

“It's not through a Christian community. It's through the power of god that these people can change,” said Vonda Mann.

They called on a higher power that they said goes much deeper than an addiction.

“The community today has a lot of different ways to battle this problem, but it's in just a physical way or means and doesn't take care of the root of the problem,” said George.

Something they will continue to battle one prayer at a time.

The rally was also held in Somerset and Corbin.

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