HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Healing drug addiction from the soul out.
It's no secret long-term drug rehabilitation facilities are few and far between.
It's a national epidemic that's no different locally. While several agencies are addressing the need, the gaps are still wide. It's why one man felt a calling to help. Now, a year later, a new drug rehab facility is already expanding.
"During the good times I was an assistant coach in Wheeling," Otto Turner said. "During the good times, I was a head basketball coach at a community college."
Also during those good times, Turner was a well-respected man with a wife and two children who was on top of the world. But then, that world crumbled.
“It got to the point where drugs drove me," Turner said. "I used to hate drug addicts. I used to hate alcoholics. It got so bad my wife couldn’t take it anymore. She left me. My water got turned off, my electric got turned off, my gas got turned off. I tried to commit suicide twice.,"
Otto went through several drug rehab programs before landing at The Shepherd's House.
"They gave me hope," Turner said. "If you want to get off drugs and alcohol, you need to find God."
Now, the energy Turner used to focus on getting his next high he pours into his cooking.
"I love to cook," he said. "I really get a thrill when the guys tell me they like the food."
“We don’t push religion here," Anthony Stradwick said. "What we teach is discipline. If you have Christianity in your life, you will be about to apply it to life and it will work."
Stradwick, who's a minister, started The Shepherd’s House last December. It’s a faith-based long-term facility. He says it's the foundation of the program that's made it such a success that the program is expanding into a second house.
Stradwick says The Shepherd's House wouldn't have been possible without donations and support from the community.
A gospel fest fundraiser took place Friday night at New Life Church in Huntington. The concert features several local artists, including Kenton Rogers. The proceeds will go to launch a second house by the end of the year.
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