PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) -- Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) is celebrating 10 years of helping communities.
The celebration took place in Huntington W.Va. on Wednesday.
Now, the community in Lawrence County is stepping up to help ARC try new ways of substituting a bad addiction for a good habit.
"We treat people mind, body, soul, and purpose," said Chief of Staff to the CEO with ARC, Matt Brown. "That started 10 years ago with Tim (Robinson) as the only employee and today we have nearly 500 employees," he continued.
In the early stages, many community members did not support ARC.
"People were scared of what they didn't know and the community didn't necessarily welcome it very well," recalled Brown.
Since, attitudes have changed. Community members like Gary Fletcher with No Limits Fitness stepped up to help fight the battle.
"It just makes common sense to help each other out," said Fletcher.
ARC officials take participants to the gym for free.
"We believe this is a crucial part in the next step in folks recovery," said Brown.
Fletcher says he understands the importance of ARC.
"Whenever you take something out of some body's life, you have to fill that void. We're wanting to replace the bad stuff with the good stuff," explained Fletcher.
He says if you do not feel your best, it is hard to focus on recovery.
"If we can trade their addiction from one thing to this right here it's just amazing what comes out at the end," said Fletcher.
Hoping to take control of addiction, one step at a time.
If you believe you or a loved one needs help battling addiction, you can call 606-638-0938 to speak with an addiction specialist or visit online at www.arccenters.com to use their discrete chat function available 24/7.