Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

May 2, 2014

Center treats addiction with Jesus

— — I am writing in response to the articles on April 18, 2014 and April 21, 2014 and the need for a drug treatment facility. Your article is correct in terms of there being a rampant drug problem in Mercer County. Your article leads the citizens of Mercer County and surrounding counties astray by saying there are no long-term treatment programs in Mercer County. This is where you are incorrect.

We have a long-term residential program in Mercer County that has been helping both men and women since 1987. This center has helped people with life controlling problems successfully for 27 years. The success rate seven years after completion of the program is an astounding 86 percent of graduates are drug-and-alcohol free. I think that is a very impressive record. The center does not treat addiction with therapeutic drugs. It does not follow a five or 12 step program to be successful. It uses the oldest known remedy to man. The remedy is free and openly available to whoever wants it.

Jesus has filled the emptiness and void in these young people. These young men and women upon graduating are not “recovering.” addicts. They are cured and ready to give back to society.

I have first-hand knowledge of this wonderful treatment facility. You ask how? I have a daughter who participated in outpatient counseling, inpatient counseling, AA, Drug awareness programs, day report center, etc. Do you know where this took her. She went from smoking marijuana (the undangerous let’s make it legal drug) to shooting up pain killers six or more times per day. She hit rock bottom, lost her children, her job, her self respect and almost her life. She was defeated mentally, physically and spiritually. But thanks to a great and powerful God she has been restored and no longer needs a pill to make her function.

The healing my daughter has received can be yours also. I proudly stand behind and recommend the one-and-only long term discipleship training program in Mercer County — Appalachian Teen Challenge

Aliceson Brown

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