Recovery group to connect locals with addiction resources

September 8, 2018

Impacting Addiction with Christ from Mansfield, Ohio, will be at First Baptist Chruch on Sunday, Sept. 30.

HUNTINGTON — A faith-based recovery group from Ohio will travel to Huntington on Sunday, Sept. 30, to host a recovery resource event at First Christian Baptist Church, located at 402 Buffington St.

The resource fair will begin at 5 p.m. and a service will be conducted at 6 p.m.

Food is available following the service.

William Cole, of Impacting Addiction with Christ (IWAC) from Mansfield, Ohio, said this is the group’s first trip out of state. Cole said the group has had 18 similar events in Ohio with success.

He said the groups are learning the differences of the recovery treatment landscape in West Virginia before they arrive so they can provide accurate and helpful information to those seeking treatment.

Several area addiction-related programs and churches will have information available at the event in addition to the faith-based organizations traveling with IAWC from Ohio.

The Starfish Project, also based in Mansfield, is a nonprofit organization that provides funds for people to go into long term treatment programs, and works with the Teen Challenge program, a 12-to 14-month residential treatment program.

Teen Challenge accepts teenagers as young as 16 along with adults.

Project One Recovery Road will also be present.

Cole, who said he has lost 81 loved ones and relatives to addiction in three years, said his goal is to provide resources for all aspects of addiction, including those who are not dealing with a substance abuse order personally but have a loved one who is.

“People have a hard time, they blame themselves,” Cole said. “There are people out here who want to help and work through the daily struggles of addiction. We try to cover all bases of addiction. A lot of them don’t know how to get help.”

The event is free for individuals to attend and for organizations to participate in.

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