Former addicts say it’s often the hardest to recover from an addiction on the streets.
“Within the first like day I was there, I was offered crack I was offered pills and you know I had 7 days clean at this point and I was like you know this isn’t what I signed up for,” said Brian Hayes, former addict and current student of Living Free.
The drug epidemic has gotten so bad programs like Living Free are thinking outside of the box to get people off the streets and into outpatient treatment.
“They’re tired they’ve gone through all different kinds of programs and there’s no support systems really out there and they’re needing someone to walk them through the healing process,” said Sharon Travis, Executive Director of Living Free.
This program in Wheeling is a faith based outpatient program that meets for 8 hours a day for 3 days a week. The program uses physical activity, healthy eating and living choices and Christian based education to help people stay clean.
After personal connections to addiction volunteers Cynthia and Cindy said giving back is their commitment.
“That is why I have very much a passion for this. Fortunately, my family is one of the lucky ones because there is a success story to mine, he is doing very very well, going on past 27 months clean time,” said Cynthia Fiorilli, Living Free Volunteer
“I tell the students here I do want to attend anymore funerals after attending her funeral that was enough so that’s why I’m here,” said Cindy Hayhurst, Living Free volunteer.
Volunteers are always needed to teach classes, give transportation, make healthy meals, teach exercise classes, make crafts and play games with students and more.
“I do feel better than ever, mind body soul just the whole package I feel amazing,” said Howard Brooks, Living Free student.
The next class begins on October 17th. To get enrolled call 304-281-0474.
There will also be a support group for people who have family members struggling with addiction. That group is called Peacekeepers and will meet on Saturdays starting November 5th from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Living Free is also working to start a sober living home for students and other struggling, and need donations. Visit heart2heart-livingfree.com to donate.