‘Hope rises’ at addiction recovery event in Putnam
SCOTT DEPOT — Residents of Putnam and surrounding counties last Friday joined the members of Made New Ministries, an addiction recovery group from the Teays Valley Church of God, for a night of hope, inspiration and prayer surrounding the drug problems in the area.
Four recovering addicts shared their recovery stories and then participants were invited to write the name of a person who has been lost due to a drug overdose or the name of an active addict onto a balloon. The balloons were tied to a display outside of the church, and then the church’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt, offered a prayer for healing and comfort for those who were memorializing loved ones as well as a prayer of hope that the problem of addiction in Putnam and the surrounding counties will be resolved.
“The night was all about hope,” Mike McCormick, coordinator and leader of Made New Ministries, said in a news release. “Life change is possible with God’s help, and even if someone lost their addiction battle, their story can still be used to change someone else’s life for the better.”
McCormick said he knows firsthand the devastating power of addiction; he has now been drug-and alcohol-free for five-and-a-half years.
The Made New support group meets at 7 p.m. every Friday at Teays Valley Church of God. The group is for those dealing with addiction as well as for their family members. The church is located at 185 Connection Point, just east of Rocky Step off of Teays Valley Road in Scott Depot. For more information, call 304-757-9222.