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City of Hope helps recovering addicts

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Overcoming a drug addiction can be an uphill battle -- especially in Kentucky where prescription drugs continue to be a problem. That's why a local church is tackling the problem.

In May, Evangel World Prayer Center opened the City of Hope in West Louisville. It's a place where men trying to overcome addictions can get the help they need. 

On visiting day at the City of Hope Recovering Center on 18th and Standard in West Louisville Daniel Brown was having a bittersweet reunion. 

"It's great when they pull up and they come running to you and give you a hug but the goodbyes are tough," said Brown.

Saying goodbye to his mom and daughter is tough because this is Brown's home for now.

"I was hooked on painkillers for six years," Brown said. Now he's in the City of Hope's recovery program trying to overcome that addiction.

"I started on Oxycontin and then it went to Opanas," Brown said.

And buying the drugs costs him more than just money. "I lost my house and I lost a truck, I just lost the respect of my family members, my friends."

But Brown is starting to get some of it back. 

"I've been clean for five-and-half months and I've been here for five months," Brown sad.

In May, Evangel Church in Southern Jefferson County officially opened the doors to the recovery center in the west end.

"Honestly, our building may be over there but we want to go where the people are and where people are hurting," says Pastor Bob Rodgers, Evangel World Prayer Center. 

And just a few weeks ago, Rodgers, Mayor Greg Fisher and other city leaders held the official ribbon cutting.

"This is faith based with salt and pepper it really opens the door for people to get a hold of something that's greater than them," Rodgers said.

Rodgers says it's working because the new center addresses the underlying causes of addiction and replaces them with new, healthy daily living habits, and even a start to an education.

"They stay here and they will have when they get finished one year of college -- 30 credits," Rodgers said.

"You know for the first couple of months here I had some cravings," Brown said. 

He's the first to admit he struggled in the beginning but just ask him how he's doing now. 

"It has really just changed my perspective on life and learned to appreciate things and I don't want to have anything to do with them anymore," Brown said.

The City of Hope offers a 9-month recovery program.  Right now, there are 12 men staying there but there's room for 100.

For more information on the City of Hope visit: http://mycityofhope.com.

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