Recovering Drug Addicts Use Faith To Beat Addiction

By: Jon Sonnheim Reports
By: Jon Sonnheim Reports

They say they're looking up after years of feeling down. Drug treatment in Eastern Kentucky has been looking for the best way to treat addicts for years. When all else fails, many are turning to faith to turn the tide against drugs.

There is really no way around it. Eastern Kentucky is facing an epidemic of addiction, a battle with drugs.

"We recognize we have a problem and we're not afraid to tell people," said Paul Hayes with Operation UNITE.

"I wanted to quit the drugs, I really did. But I couldn't with my own free will," said Tammy McGuire, recovering addict.

Losing their children, facing jail time, and even death certainly unsettled them, but it took something higher to turn them around.

"I had to surrender my life to the Lord. That was my first step. Then everything else fell into place after that," said Patty Bowling, recovering addict.

"60 or 70 percent that we believe can only overcome their addiction through a vital spiritual renewal," said Tom Conner with the Healing Rain Recovery Center.

That's why instead of running from religion, many law enforcement agencies and rehabilitation programs are embracing faith, including a faith based initiative by UNITE providing a hand to hold on to after drug roundups.

"We're starting to see these great success stories, where these people who have been at the bottom of the world, pits of despair, are now turning their life around," Conner said.

People like Tammy McGuire, like Patty Bowling, sharing their success stories, their path to a personal heaven right here in Eastern Kentucky.

Many of the recovering addicts say that they really felt shunned from society and had no where to turn during their addictions. That's why UNITE and these other organizations say it's such a success because now they're getting the churches and community groups involved in the recovery process.

Another way officials from Operation UNITE are trying to fight the drug problem is warning teenagers before they get hooked on drugs.


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