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New Drug Detox Program Being Called A Breakthrough - Part One

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

It's being called a drug treatment breakthrough and some even say it makes them feel like they did the day before they first took drugs.

It's a detox program that sends specific electrical frequencies to the brain to break the addict's physical dependency.

Here in eastern Kentucky, it's hard to find anyone whose family or friends have not been affected by the drug problem.

So recently, leaders of the Kentucky River Area Development district took a chance and brought in a scientist who claimed he could help.

WYMT takes a look at the personal stories of those, who say this program turned their lives around.

24 year old Ty Purdie says he started abusing drugs at the age of only 14 and for 10 years drugs controlled his otherwise, normal life.

“I got in a little bit of trouble my senior year. I got busted selling cocaine, and that was the same week I signed my baseball scholarship,” Purdie said.

26 year old Brandon Rogers tells a similar story of addiction.

His story is filled with pain pills, cocaine, and crystal meth.

“It took me down quicker than anything I've ever done. It just grabs a hold of you and doesn't want to let go,” Rogers said.

For these two men and eight others like them, this story is not about what they've lost, but rather, what they found all over a two week period at Buckhorn Lake State Park.

Dr. Graham Giles, a Welsh scientist who administered neuroelectric therapy, or NET, to a group of 10 recovering drug addicts, who volunteered for this detox program.

Volunteered, because they were tired of the bone aches, the vomiting, the shaking, associated with coming off drugs.

Because for them other treatments didn't work.

“Very quickly, after putting this device on, just a few minutes, 15 or 20 minutes, they start to feel the benefits that gives them confidence to go on,” Dr. Graham said.

“I hadn't thought clearly in so long, you don't remember what it's like to think, be normal,” Purdie said.

“One of the guys, he was doing back flips. The other guy was doing pushups,” Rogers said.

Not bad for a group that was described as looking sick, lifeless, and unresponsive just days earlier.

A group whose hands once shook with addiction and now clap to say thank you, upon their graduation from the program.

“Your body's not sick anymore, and you're mind's not sick, and you actually have a choice, and you take time to make that choice,” Purdie said.

For the first time in years, these men say they have a future that now looks wide open.

For more information on the program, you can contact the Kentucky River Area Development District (KRADD) in Hazard, at (606) 436-3158…

Since the program was an experimental trial, it is not yet widely available…


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