Battling an epidemic (and beyond)



Are you an enabler? Are you that person whose actions allow a loved one to continue self-destructive patterns of behavior?

Do you avoid conflict to keep peace and remain in denial about the seriousness of your loved one’s addiction? Do you think the problem will improve in time? Do you give “just one more chance,” and then another, and another, and so on?

Does this sound like you? Enablers often find themselves in the tangled web of an addict’s problem. Enablers believe they are helping, but in reality, these actions only allow the addict’s behavior to deepen as the seriousness of the problem continues.Often times the enabler will overcompensate their actions for the under-compensating addict.

Think about it, do you want the addict to keep living a life of self-inflicted danger? Will you be the one who gives their loved one the money for that deadly hit and then have to identify their cold, lifeless body?

If you are an enabler, consider no longer repeatedly coming to the rescue of your loved one. Do whatever it takes to protect your loved one from pain. Do not remain in denial and believe “this too shall pass.” Addiction has a hold on your loved one, and enabling them only allows for the continuation of a life of self-destruction and harm. Take action, and stop being an enabler. Yes, tough love is hard, but it could save their life.

Residents of Redeemed Ministries Healing and Recovery Centers may choose to work on the organization’s pig farm. -Chris Gortney

Residents of Redeemed Ministries Healing and Recovery Centers may choose to work on the organization’s pig farm. -Chris Gortney

As we continue this series and look at treatment options, today’s focus is Redeemed Ministries Healing and Recovery Centers, which offer treatment and transitional opportunities for both men and women. While these treatment centers aid in the recovery process, it does include an intense discipleship program that has been very effective since Redeemed Ministries’ inception.

The men’s recovery center, located at 2125 Bud Mountain Road in Blounts- ville, has 26 beds for men trying to overcome their drug addiction. There are 20 beds located in the men’s transitional housing on County Highway 33.

Women who seek help through Redeemed Ministries Healing and Recovery Centers are housed in the 14- bed home located on Deavers Town Road in Cleveland. Upon completion of the program, residents ready to transition out of the recovery center relocate to the transitional home on Spunky Hollow Road in Locust Fork.

Both recovery centers are six- to nine-month programs. In addition to the intense discipleship program, residents have a strict daily schedule. Up at 5 a.m. each day, the residents work toward a sober life. Bedtime is 9 p.m. Because down time can be detrimental to an addict, the only free time is Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Phone calls and visits are incorporated into the recovery portion after 30 days in the treatment center.

Residents also work in the wood shop, where they build farm-style furniture sold at the Redeemed Ministries Thrift Store in Locust Fork, learn welding skills and build some pretty impressive grills at the fabrication shop in Blountsville, learn mechanical skills in the building next to the fabrication shop, or they work at the thrift store in Locust Fork. Some residents choose to learn farm life skills as they live on and help with the upkeep and maintenance of the pig farm.

Teaching employment skills not only helps with the financial costs associated with operating the treatment centers, but its main focus is to teach the residents how to “work sober.” Working sober may seem simple, but for anyone who is battling drug addiction, the daily responsibilities and stress-related duties of a job can cause the addict to come spiraling downward if they do not have the support and skills to cope with any challenges that are presented.

There is no charge for the above-mentioned recovery and transitional centers. Anyone who is in need of treatment can call to set up an appointment for assessment. The women’s recovery center number is 205-237-5364. The men’s treatment center number is 205-429-3767. People can also send messages via the Redeemed Ministries Facebook page.

Help is available. It is available in Blount County. For anyone battling drug addiction who wants help, call the above numbers or contact Jodi Cone at 205-274-0624. Now is the time.