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Residents continue support of The Healing Place

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The Healing Place of Huntington continues to receive local support for its efforts to help men recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

The latest outpouring came Friday night at the Guyan Golf and Country Club which hosted the fourth annual Death by Chocolate fundraiser. The event helps fund the free recovery program that boasts a 70 percent success rate, said Rebecca Stanley, the program's director of development. That's five times higher than any other program, she said.

"We want (those who attended) to leave here knowing we are a drug and alcohol recovery center for men, and this is bettering our community," Stanley said. "(The graduates) are going back to the community and being positive individuals who are taking care of their families and children."

Many of the program's graduates were in attendance, mingling around and talking to guests about the program that their $40 tickets support. One of those men is Billy Gritt, a 29-year-old Putnam County resident. Drugs and alcohol left him homeless before he found The Healing Place in August 2011. He graduated a year later and is now nearing two years of sobriety.

"My qualify of life today is amazing," said Gritt, who has a job, his own place to live and has reconnected with family. "This program is amazing. I've been to a lot, but none like this."

Melissa Boggs also can attest to the success of The Healing Place. It gave her back her son, who had been to three rehab facilities with no success. She credits the accountability and peer mentoring aspects of the program.

"He has a life, a good life," she said.

Her friend, Walt Lewis, also has been impressed with how The Healing Place has changed lives. He makes chocolate and donated to Friday's fundraiser. His mother, who passed away two years ago, was sober for 40 years.

"She was very active in AA and as a legacy to her, it's important to support recovery programs," Lewis said.

Stanley said they hoped to raise $10,000 Friday, but she also is gearing up for a major dinner event on Nov. 1.

For more information, visit http://thehealingplaceofhuntington.org.

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