Christian Services rehab program changing lives
ELLISVILLE, Miss. (WDAM) - According to the National Institutes of Health, some 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs, or approximately one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 a
One Hattiesburg non-profit is helping turn the lives of addicts around.
The men in the Liberty Ministry’s Life Rehabilitation and Discipleship program say the program has helped them envision their futures and that they’re now filled with hope instead of misery.
Chris Hennis is a graduate of the program, and now helps lead new members in the right direction.
“For all those addicts out there, let me tell you, there’s a better life and a better way,” Hennis said.
The program asks for a one-year commitment, is designed for men only and consists of two phases.
Hennis, a former drug addict, said participating in the program has changed his life for the better.
“In my addiction, I caught a disease called Hepatitis C and I asked for help from Christian Services, and they helped me get the help I needed and helped me get the medication I needed to cure this disease,” Hennis said. “I was able to beat it and I actually beat it last week and the next day, I actually completed a welding certification,, so I’m a certified welder now.”
Once a man completes the program, he can choose to go back to where he used to live or get help transitioning into normal life again.
Chase Guice, a graduate of the program, decided to stick around and become a staff member.
Guice said there was a point when he wanted to give up, but reminded himself of the end goal.
“There’s these periods of time as a student inside of the program that are kind of like doldrums, where you’re tired of it, you want to quit,” Guice said. “You have this support system of people around you that push you forward and help you move past that threshold.”
Christian Services is always seeking support to keep this program going with the likes of hygiene items, bibles, and sponsored activities.
To donate, give the organization’s Hattiesburg office a call at (601) 582-5683.
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