Experts Say Faith Can Play A Big Part In Overcoming Addiction

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (localmemphis.com) - DeSoto County leads the state in opioid overdose deaths. Treatment centers like Turning Point in Southaven are trying to change that.

Addiction centers are working hand in hand with local churches to help fight the opioid epidemic.

"We see the individuals, the families, the children walk through the front door at rock bottom,” says Stacy Dodd, with Turning Point.

Dodd knows all too well about addiction and how it can rule a person's life. Dodd says the faith-based community, like churches, can help a person take back control of his or her life.

"Faith-Based recovery. That's what saved my life,” says Dodd. “I gave my life to God and I was a long time ago in a treatment program, and I've been clean almost 20 years now."

Time Magazine recently did a documentary on the opioid crisis that aired on HBO

"Time Magazine did an article on one of our clients that had overdosed on a bench downtown and I was able to be a part of that interview,” says Dodd.

He says he hopes the documentary encouraged someone to get help. Dodd says the way to recovery is through detox, rehab, but most importantly, through God.

"We've seen very high success rates,” says Dodd. "It's really incredible to watch them change. We see them going from a state of devastation to being so happy and so free and go back to their families."

Oxford Treatment Center is holding a panel discussion on opioid addiction this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at Getwell Church on Getwell Road in Southaven. The event is free and open to the public.


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