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Grant helps addiction recovery effort in Clark County

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Published: Aug. 12, 2018 at 6:12 PM EDT
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A grant is helping two different groups in Clark County, including one that aims to reach addicts by offering them help when they need it the most.

The toll addiction has taken in Winchester is similar to other towns across Kentucky. Amber Fields Hull knows that price first hand.

"I am a person in long-term recovery from drug addiction, heroin, all that good stuff. And I lost my husband five years ago to a drug overdose," she said Sunday.

That experience makes her uniquely qualified to talk to people brought into Clark Regional Medical Center who have overdosed.

"We feel like it’s the most vulnerable time to follow up with them so hopefully, in that moment, they will have a change of heart and actually want the help that we are trying to offer," she said.

Shes part of the group Achieving Recovery Together, or ART. Their "Angel Program" got a boost recently when the Greater Clark Foundation gave them a grant to help get addicts into rehab.

The influx of Fentanyl into the area means their work has to happen as soon as possible.

"They used to say you have to hit rock bottom before you can get help and now rock bottom is death," fields said. "We have so many people dying that we got to find a way to help them before they get there."

ART already holds a rally and charity race. This will be the third year for the Rally 4 Recovery. The grant will allow them to reach more people.

The Greater Clark Foundation also gave a grant to Clark County's Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention so they can host forums dealing with a number of topics.

Fields says when it comes to reaching addicts even one is a success, but they're doing a little better than that.

"We've only been in the hospital 75 days and we’ve got eight people into long-term treatment, nine into outpatient services, and another six into counseling."

The Rally 4 Recovery starts September 14 with a dinner and concert in downtown Winchester and the charity race the next morning at the Winchester BCTC Campus.

You can find more information at https://www.achievingrecoverytogether.org/?page_id=60

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