Free Addiction Recovery Center Opens in Charleston

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's a safe place to heal, reflect and reconnect. A new addiction recovery center opened its doors in Charleston to serve struggling members of the community.

Located in the Rimson Memorial Church along 2nd Avenue, the center is free to the public and treats a host of addiction problems.

Recovery coaches say you can stop in and ask for help with drug and alcohol dependency, depression, and even housing and employment issues.

"I want to help people because I see the results," recovery coach Andre Johnson said. "I see the light come on in their eyes, and then I see them staying sober and giving back to the community."

Johnson knows firsthand the dangers of addiction, having been hooked on drugs and alcohol for years. But after turning his life around, he's committed to helping others do the same.

"They talk to me and they know I've walked in their shoes," he said. "They know I've been there."

Michael Loftis is a recovering alcoholic who started going to the support center. He says the program has already made a difference in his life.

"It boosts your willpower and your sense of peace to where you can have an internal conversation with yourself," he said.

The recovery center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Staff members say you don't need an appointment; you can just drop by.

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