State of Addiction: Stephen Center HERO program helps reclaim lives from addiction

LIVES JULIE: KETV NEWSWATCH 7'S SARA FILI HAS TONIGHT'S "STATE OF THE ADDICTION" REPORT

SARAH: THESE STONES MARK THE END OF A JOURNEY ONE OF STRUGGLE, PAIN, AND THEN RECOVERY >> I CAME INTO THIS PROGRAM AFTER 30 YEARS OF METHAMPHETAMINE SARAH: DIANE RUFFCORN IS A SUCCESS STORY BATTLING A LONG-TIME DRUG ADDICTION, SHE TURNED TO STEPHEN CENTER'S HERO PROGRAM

>> I WAS AT THE BOTTOM, HAD LOST EVERYTHING I OWNED, AND MY FAMILY SARAH: NOW SHE'S COME FULL CIRCLE, WORKING FOR THE CENTER THAT HELPED HER RECOVER >> I WAS VERY SELFISH I TOOK EVERYTHING I COULD TAKE FOR ME AND NOW I'M ABLE TO GIVE IT BACK

THAT FEELS REALLY GOOD SARAH: THE NATION'S OPIOID CRISIS IS JUST NOW STARTING TO SURFACE HERE STEPHEN CENTER SEES ALL SORTS OF ADDICTION, BUT THE NATIONAL OPIOID CRISIS ISN'T THE MAIN FOCUS >> OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN MORE PEOPLE COME IN WITH OPIATES AS THEIR DRUG OF CHOICE, BUT I WOULDN'T SAY IT'S THE MAJORITY SARAH: INSTEAD, IT'S PRIMARILY METH AND ALCOHOL BRINGING PEOPLE TO THESE ROOMS, LOOKING FOR HELP TO OVERCOME THE LASTING GRIP OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE

>> WE ALSO HAVE A LARGER POPULATION OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE OFFENDERS, PEOPLE WHO ARE ON PROBATION AND PAROLE SARAH: THEY OFFER A FOUR-STAGE PROGRAM, WITH BOTH MENTAL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES TOGETHER SHORT TERM RESIDENT RECOVERY BEGINS THE PROCESS WITH CLIENTS LIVING IN A BLACK-OUT PHASE THE NEXT PHASE IS ABOUT TRANSITIONING BACK INTO SOCIETY, GETTING A JOB AND SEEING FAMILY FROM THERE, THERE'S MORE FREEDOM ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

AFTER 20 YEARS OF METH, MANDY ROSE GOT HER LIFE BACK THROUGH THE CENTER >> IT'S FABULOUS, YOU KNOW, TO HAVE LOST YOURSELF FOR SO LONG, YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU LIKE AS HOBBIES SARAH: COSTS VARY DEPENDING ON THE LEVEL OF CARE AND LENGTH OF STAY THE PRIMARY FUNDING COMES FROM THE COMMUNITY, AND GRANTS DIRECTOR CHRISTINE SALVATORE WANTS A SCHOLARSHIP STARTED FOR CLIENTS

>> THERE'S NEVER ENOUGH FUNDING THERE ARE ALWAYS MORE PROGRAMS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD THERE ARE ALWAYS MORE PEOPLE WE'D LIKE TO SERVE SARAH: SERVING MORE, MEANING MORE MEMENTOS IN THE SOBRIETY

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